Wednesday night’s preseason match up between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings will be the first of the season between the two rivals, but not the first for either team individually. Boston dropped their exhibition opener to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday 3-2, while Detroit topped the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Boston finished the 2015-2016 preseason with a record of 4-2-1. Five Bruins skaters tied for the team’s preseason lead in goals with two goals each. Those players were David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, and Matt Irwin. Jonas Gustavsson came out on top for Boston’s goalies with a 93.3 save percentage and a 1-1-0 record. Boston capped the preseason with fifteen goals total in comparison to their opponenet’s fourteen.
Detroit closed last year’s preseason with a 6-0-2 record. Forwards Andreas Athanasiou and Tomas Tatar led the Wing’s preseason scoring with four goals each in eight games. Jimmy Howard was the goalie to be for the Wings last preseason, he finished with a 94.2 save percentage and a 3-0-0 record. The team totaled 33 goals while their opponents made only nearly half as many goals with a total of 17 for the preseason.
Boston finished the 2015-2016 regular season with a record of 42-31-9 totaling 93 points and landing them the fourth spot in the Atlantic Division. Detroit on the other hand finished last season 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 41-31-11 matching Boston’s total of 93 points. Detroit’s season record against Boston was 1-2-1 with the overall shots in favor of the Bruins.
Preseason Match Ups:
Boston fell 3-2 in a shootout to Columbus on Monday to open their preseason stretch. Forwards Jimmy Hayes and Danton Heinen each scored one goal for Boston but the lineup of young guns fell short after Sam Gagner won the game in a shootout after shots from Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk both hit the post. DeBrusk set up Hayes for the Bruin’s first goal while Heinen redirected a shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie the game. Three of Bostons skaters from Monday will suit up for a second time this preseason to take on the Wings.
Detroit opened their preseason with a 4-2 win against the Pittsburg Penguins Scoring for the Wings were forwards Riley Sheahan, Evgeny Svechnikov, and Mitch Callahan, Callahan had a two goal game for the boys in white and red. Detroit rotated their goalies half-way through the second period and both Jimmy Howard and Jared Coreau let in one goal for Pittsburgh on a total of 33 shots but both looked solid in net. Detroit had a bit of an issue staying out of the penalty box giving Pittsburg the first power play opportunity but the Penguins could not capitalize on the power play and allowed Detroit to score the first goal on their power play halfway through the first period. Svechnikov also scored on a power play with less than five minutes to play in the second period after Pittsburgh’s Justin Schultz was called for hooking. Sheahan ended the night with a goal and two assists and Callahan’s two goals night landed him as the Wings’ first star of the game.
Boston Bruins’ Lineup:
Boston has yet to release their defensive pairings, but the defensemen playing in tonight’s game are: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, and Colin Miller.
What to Expect:
Detroit will skate an entire new lineup from what they did on Tuesday night. The Wing’s top line of Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin, and Anthony Mantha will definitely hold the attention of any spectators of this game. The skill and speed of these young guns is something that everyone looks forward to watching, especially when they’re skating on the same line. Athanasiou led scoring for the Wings last season so you can imagine that all eyes will be on him to see what he can bring to the table this preseason. Likewise, Detroit’s top defensive pairing of Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith will be a fun pair to watch as they will probably play the upper hand, minutes wise, for this team. Jared Coreau, who played the second half of last nights competition, will be in between the posts for the full game tonight and will be backed up by Jake Paterson.
Detroit Red Wings’ Lineup:
How to Tune In:
The Red Wings were supposed to stream tonight’s game just like last night’s, but after the technical difficulties that made fans unable to watch yesterday, it is unknown if they will try to stream tonight or not. You CAN listen to the game via WWJ-AM 950 and you can find that stream by simply googling the radio station. The Bruins announced this morning that they will be streaming the game on their website, but it is unknown if the stream will be limited to those in the Boston area or if it will be avaliable to anyone who would like to watch. You can also get in on the action by following the Detroit Red Wings on Twitter, @DetroitRedWings, for game updates.
2015-2016 Preseason Stats: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=107787
2015-2016 NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/redwings/standings/2015