STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (36-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Howard (21-19-11, 2.66 GAA, .910 Save %). Rask has a regular season record of 1-4-1 with a 3.51 GAA and .868 save % in six career games against Detroit. In 35 postseason games, Rask has amassed a 21-14 record with a 2.14 GAA & .930 save % with three shutouts. Howard is 4-1-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .934 save % in five regular season games against Boston. In 42 NHL playoff games, Howard has accrued a 20-22 record with a 2.57 GAA & .918 save % with two shutouts.
BRUINS VS RED WINGS LIFETIME PLAYOFF HISTORY: The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for their eighth playoff series and 34th postseason matchup this evening for the first time in 57 years. The Black & Gold have racked up a 19-14 lifetime playoff record against Detroit but the Red Wings hold the scoring edge at 98-96. In 16 lifetime postseason games in Boston, the Bruins have compiled a 10-6 record against Detroit with a 43-39 scoring advantage on home ice.
BLACK & GOLD REGULAR SEASON RECAP: The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, earning the NHL’s best regular season record at 54-19-9 for 117 points. The 54 victories tied the second highest mark in team history and the 117 points were the third most in club annals. The Bruins did not have more than a two-game winless streak during the regular season, which was the first time that has occurred since the 1939-40 campaign. Boston’s 31-7-3 record at home (second most home wins in franchise history) was a league best, while their 21-12-6 record on the road ranked fourth overall in the NHL.
PLAYOFF KREJCI: Bruins centerman David Krejci has led the Bruins postseason scoring for two of their last three appearances. Krejci’s 23 points in 2011 led the team as well as his 26 points in 2013. Entering tonight, Krejci is in 10th place on both the club’s all-time playoff goals list with 29 (Wayne Cashman, 9th with 31) and playoff assist list with 44 (Ken Hodge, 9th with 47). Krejci is also one point behind Peter McNab (74) for 10th on the team’s all time playoff points list.
“THE CALM" & "THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE": The Boston Bruins recently released two videos, "The Calm" and "The Law of the Jungle" in the Bruins DEN (Digital Entertainment Network) onBostonBruins.com and the Bruins Mobile App to preview the Black & Gold’s postseason. "The Law of the Jungle" features the Rudyard Kipling poem 'The Law for the Wolves' and was voiced by Glenn Fleshler who, most notably, played Errol (otherwise known as the Yellow King) in HBO's series True Detective. Both spots were produced by Arnold Worldwide in Boston.
BEHIND THE B POSTSEASON: The Bruins will continue to release episodes of “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani throughout the team's 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. There will be one episode for each round the Bruins play in with air dates and times on NESN confirmed once the respective series concludes. Each episode will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. Tonight, as a continuation of the Bruins 90 Years Celebration, B’s legend Rick Middleton will serve as the first Fan Banner Captain to kick off the series against Detroit.
MARATHON RUNNERS 50/50 NIGHT: Tonight’s game will feature a 50/50 raffle dedicated to the 2014 Boston Bruins Foundation Marathon team. All proceeds made from this evening’s 50/50 raffle will benefit the runners’ fundraising, which will go towards the Boston Bruins Foundation.
206 AND COUNTING: Following the game against the Buffalo Sabres on April 12, the Boston Bruins have reached 206 straight regular season and playoff game sellouts. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
RED WINGS NOTEBOOK: Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock has the most playoff wins since the 2003 with 78 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau)… Gustav Nyquist finished the season as Detroit’s leading goal-scorer with 29. David Legwand finished first in point production for the Red Wings with 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists)… Henrik Zetterberg has scored the most playoff goals in the NHL since the 2005-06 season with 52 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Johan Franzen is third on that list with 42, while Pavel Datsyuk is seventh with 33.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 50-for-230 (21.7%, 3rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 220-for-263 (83.7%, 8th NHL)… Red Wings power play: 50-for-282 (17.7%, 18th NHL), Red Wings penalty kill: 245-for-295 (83.1%, T-11th NHL).
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