Boston Bruins (16-6-2) vs. Detroit Red Wings (11-7-7)
7:00 Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. DET
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (13-5-2, 1.69 GAA, .943 Save %) vs. Gustavsson (5-0-1, 2.35 GAA, .926 Save %). Rask is 1-2-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .893 save % in four career games against . Gustavsson is 3-4-1 with a 3.35 GAA and .890 save % with one shutout in ten career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS HURRICANES LIFETIME: The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings will meet for the 582nd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 236-247-95-3 record and a 1,749-1,739 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 80-155-52-1 in their 288 lifetime meetings with the Red Wings holding a scoring advantage of 961-728 in those contests. The Bruins are 7-5-3 in their last 15 games against Detroit with a 3-2-1 mark in their last six games at St. Joe Louis Arena.
ROOKIES ON RIGHT TRACK: Newcomer forward Reilly Smith and rookie Torey Krug both are on three game three point streaks with Smith recording 2-1=3 totals and Krug notching 1-2=3 totals during that span. In the Bruins last game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Smith’s first period goal powered the B’s to a 2-0 lead in the first period and Krug became the first rookie defenseman in NHL history to score an overtime goal with the winner just 34 seconds into the extra session. Krug is the second leading goal scorer for the B’s with 7-8=15 totals for the season thus far. Smith is not far behind, tied for fourth in goals with Zdeno Chara and Loui Eriksson.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 12-for-62 (19.4%, 14th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 61-for-71 (85.9%, T-4th NHL)… Red Wings power play: 18-for-82 (22.0%, 6th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 85-for-99 (85.9%, T-4th NHL).
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