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Get your game notes: Red Wings at Bruins

Apr 18, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins has words with Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings at the TD Garden on October 14, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Boston Bruins hosting the Detroit Red Wings starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

– The Bruins and Red Wings are the only Original Six matchup in the 1st round. It is the first time these teams have met in the playoffs since the 1957 Semifinals, ending the second-longest postseason matchup drought among Original Six teams (N.Y. Rangers-Detroit – 1950 Stanley Cup Final). The Bruins now have faced every Original Six team in the playoffs in the past 3 years: Detroit (2014 1st rd.), Chicago (2013 Stanley Cup Final), N.Y. Rangers (2013 CSF), Toronto (2013 CQF) & Montreal (2011 CQF).

– Since the Presidents’ Trophy was introduced in the 1985-86 season, only eight of 27 teams (30%) have claimed both the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same season. Two Red Wings teams, in 2001-02 and 2007-08, accomplished that feat. The Bruins, who were the NHL’s top team this season (117 pts.), will look to emulate the most recent team to complete the double, last year’s Chicago Blackhawks. Only once has the feat been accomplished in back-to-back seasons: Colorado in 2000-01 followed by Detroit in 2001-02.

Winners of Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in same season:

1986-87: Edmonton Oilers
2000-01: Colorado Avalanche
1988-89: Calgary Flames
2001-02: Detroit Red Wings
1993-94: New York Rangers
2007-08: Detroit Red Wings
1998-99: Dallas Stars
2012-13: Chicago Blackhawks

– This series features three of the longest-tenured active NHL players who have yet to win a Stanley Cup. For the Bruins, winger Jarome Iginla will be making his eighth trip to the playoffs in search of his first Cup, while the Red Wings’ wingers Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi are making their 14th and 10th trips, respectively. Here are the five most experienced players participating in this year’s playoffs – in terms of combined regular season and postseason games – who have yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Player | Playoff Team | Games played without Stanley Cup win

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks, 1388* (1247 reg. season, 141 playoff)

Jarome Iginla, Boston Bruins, 1379 (1310 reg. season, 69 playoff)

Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings, 1367 (1246 reg. season, 121 playoff)

Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, 1333* (1207 reg. season, 126 playoff)

Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings, 1245 (1159 reg. season, 86 playoff)

*includes Sharks’ Game 1 on Apr. 17

– Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask posted a career-high 36 wins (36-15-6) and led the NHL in shutouts (seven) this season. However, he struggled in four games this season vs. Detroit. The Finnish goalie played all 240 minutes vs. the Red Wings, and went 1-3-0, with a 3.29 GAA and .871 save%.

– With Barry Trotz fired as head coach by Nashville on Apr. 14, the Red Wings’ Mike Babcock became the NHL’s longest-tenured coach (hire date: July 15, 2005). The coach on the other side of the partition, the Bruins’ Claude Julien, is second on the experience list (hire date: June 22, 2007). Babcock led the Red Wings to their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance despite the team losing 417 man-games to injury this season (second-most in the NHL, Pittsburgh – 529).

– The Bruins have played an NHL-high 54 postseason games since the 2010-11 season (when Boston won the Stanley Cup). Six Bruins – forwards David Krejci (whose 22 postseason goals during that span leads the league), Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly & Daniel Paille, & defenseman Johnny Boychuk – appeared in all of those games. Kelly and Paille are questionable for Game 1 with injuries.

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Go wings but they have their hands full with the bruins. But if any team can beat the bruins in 7 games, it’s the redwings

    • dropthepuckeh - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Should be a great series and much more than a typical 1-8 seeds. With the exception of the Nov game when Detroit schooled them, these games have been great hockey. Nice to watch games too without the diving and embellishments.

      • beyor35 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Agreed, The Wings scare me the most out of all the eastern playoff teams and I have a lot of respect for the way they play the game. No diving like the habs, just skill and speed. I think they could be a little tougher but at-least they play the game honorably and not diving…

      • drewsylvania - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        The Wings scare me. Like Philly, they always play the Bruins tough. Should be a good series.

      • laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    • stixzidinia - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      The Embellishment City vid never gets old. And the best part is how crazy it drives B’s fans. Marchand is a puke. I wish James Neal had tried to decapitate him with his skate when he was down instead of just kick him in the head.

      • sanfranbruinsfan - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        I think its a funny video and I’m a bruins fan. The fact that it was made by a bitter canucks fan takes the edge off, and I think most teams could have a video like this made about them. Would love to see a habs version.

  2. gallyhatch - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    The last couple weeks of the regular season felt like months. Can’t wait for this series to start, and it’s a hell of a matchup for the Bruins. I’m cautiously optimistic that the Bs will win this series (I think they will do it in 6) but Detroit is a dangerous team and certainly capable of eliminating Boston.

    One way or the other, it should be a hell of a series.

    GO BOSTON!!!

  3. 11stanleycups - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    I just don’t think the youngsters have the experience needed to beat a team as good as Boston in a 7 game series. Great to see these two square off in a playoff series. Go Wings!!

  4. nhstateline - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    If any team in the East can beat the Bruins it’s….wait for it….. the Habs. They have more depth and mature talent and a better netminder than the Wings do. And they’re built to exploit specific weaknesses the Bruins have. Thus, playing Detroit, a lesser version of the same thing, is about the best thing that could happen to the Bruins.

    Detroit’s coaching staff did an excellent job with a really tough situation this year and it’s players showed a lot of resilience. Props to them for that. There’s talent on that roster and a lot of potential in some great young players. This will not be easy. As long as the Bruins remember last year’s near death experience with the Leafs and the end of SCF game 6, as I believe they will, it will get done though.

    The Bruins have more mature depth and more of everything everywhere compared to the Red Wings. The games they lost against Detroit they could have easily won except for one and that was in a particular set of circumstances (the boys were tired and it was thanksgiving week. they wanted to go home).

    • nhstateline - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Detroit’s the model organization. There’s literally nothing bad to say about them and it’s their organizational philosophy that got them to this point because they had guys in Grand Rapids they could bring up when they needed them. For a lot of their young players this is their first go around in the NHL playoffs and, as much as I like and follow the AHL, the Calder isn’t quite the same thing. They had a great year, play an awesome game and are worthy of great respect. Problem they have is the last Bruins team that was this complete had Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito on it. It’s been quite a while since a Bruins team had this much.

      That said, thanks for all the thumbs down. It’s good motivation to boo the crap out of your team tonight something I’m now looking forward to more than I was a couple of hours ago. Not that I wasn’t looking forward to it then……

  5. 101starmymedic - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Completely unrelated to the actual game itself, I am impressed with the many Boston fans giving an honest response to the series. Not just some knuckleheaded crap saying the Wings are going to get annihilated because they aren’t Boston. Bravo Boston fans, Bravo. I cannot wait for this series but I honestly think Detroit will take it. The hunger from the youngsters as well as their tenacity and skill, has lit a spark in Detroit. I think that spark will be magnified ten-fold due to the playoffs.

    I think the Wings take this in 6 or 7.

    • laxnhockey - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all, but I’m hoping the Canadiens have a chance to beat that thanksgiving stuffing out of them.

      What a lame excuse that the poor boys were tired and it was thanksgiving WEAK!!

  6. beyor35 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Yeah we can all put up videos but it is known league wide that the habnots use diving as part of their game strategy… Every team has their embarrassing moments but the montreal diving team takes the cake…

    • shaundre93 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      My favorite was when Glen Murray “slashed” Alex Kovalev, Kovalev tried to sell it and Murray took the puck and scored the OT winner

  7. 101starmymedic - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Marchand is such a pile of crap he should play for the Canadiens.

  8. amityvillefun - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I think Bruins will win the series if the refs let the boys play. The B’s have been unreal since the Olympics and have really gelled as a team. Their physical style is made for playoff hockey.

    I truly like the Red Wings, and hold them in as much regard as Chicago. Boston fans know hockey and appreciate teams that play the game with integrity and cajones. Diving and looking for calls (like P.K. Subban and his other toilet seat wearing clowns) is so lame. The Red Wings have always been a class organization. If the Wings manage to beat Boston, I’ll probably be rooting for them to go all the way. But I don’t think the Bruins are going to sit back and let that happen after just missing the Cup last year and winning the President’s Trophy this year. In fact, they will probably kick up the intensity even more.

    Lucic….watch for him…. He was a beast last season in the playoffs and he will certainly be a factor in this series. Bergeron is cut from the same cloth as Yzerman and Federov….a Selke winning center that can do it all.

    The wait is over! LETS GO BRUINS!!!!

  9. jcornella - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Detroit is a great team. All two way players, fast and play a team game and don’t dive all over like the habs. Toughest matchup for us for sure! Go B’s!!

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