Apr 20, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
The Boston Bruins want to play a physical game against the Red Wings and engage them verbally. Detroit doesn’t want to risk responding in kind.
Boston converted on 21.7% of its regular season power-play opportunities, which was good for third place in the NHL. Detroit was just middle-of-the-road when it came to killing penalties and scoring with the man advantage, so the Red Wings realize that they’re unlikely to win this series if it’s decided by special teams.
“Against a team like this, which was so lethal on the power play, you want to stay out of the box,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “We’ll do what we can to try to do that and play five-on-five. That’s where we’re at our best.”
Detroit managed to stay disciplined in Game 1 on Friday. While the Bruins outhit the Red Wings 34-26, Detroit only committed one penalty en route to a 1-0 victory. If the Red Wings can keep that up throughout the series, then one of the Bruins’ biggest advantages will be marginalized.
- Report: Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes 0
- It’s Philadelphia Flyers Day at PHT 20
- Kovalev compares Subban to Leetch, says he isn’t worth the money 29
- Under pressure: Rick Nash 9
- Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky 41
- Report: MLSE CEO Leiweke to step down (Update: Leiweke denies move) 5
- Report: Bertuzzi-Moore case settled out of court (Update: Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirms) 34
- Poll: Will Washington get back into the playoffs? 28
- Buffalo lands next two NHL scouting combines 25
- Under Pressure: In Washington? Take your pick 24