NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 2nd
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (39-10-4) at Boston Bruins (27-19-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will aim for their seventh
consecutive victory tonight, when they visit the Boston Bruins for a battle at
TD Banknorth Garden.
The Red Wings have by far the best record in the NHL this season with 82
points. Detroit currently holds a 25-point lead over Nashville, the Red Wings
nearest competition in the Central Division. The Red Wings are also 14 points
ahead of Ottawa in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
Detroit notched its sixth straight victory on Friday night, as it stifled the
visiting Colorado Avalanche, 2-0. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 2:20 left in
regulation to break a scoreless tie and Dominik Hasek made 11 of his 15 saves
in the third period to record his fourth shutout of the season and 80th of his
Kris Draper added an empty-net goal and Pavel Datsyuk registered two helpers
to give him assists in five consecutive outings, as the Red Wings notched
their third winning streak this season of six games or more.
The Red Wings are playing two straight on the road starting with tonight's
test. Detroit has an amazing 18-6-2 record as the visitor this season and has
taken three straight and nine of its last 10 road tilts.
The Bruins, meanwhile, have been on a winning streak of their own lately, as
they've notched three straight wins and five victories in their last six
Boston's most recent win came Thursday night in Ottawa. Marc Savard and Chuck
Kobasew each had a goal and an assist to lead Boston over Ottawa, 4-1, at
Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, while All-Star Tim
Thomas won his fifth consecutive start by making 30 saves.
Boston currently sits third in the Northeast Division standings with 59
points. The Senators lead the division with 68 points and Montreal is second
The Bruins are playing two straight and four of their next five tests at home
beginning with this evening's outing. Boston is 14-8-3 as the host team this
Boston has taken three straight and five of the last seven encounters with the
Red Wings and has won the last two meetings in Beantown. However, Detroit
hasn't played in Boston since losing an overtime decision on January 10, 2004.
The Red Wings have won seven of their last 10 games in Boston.
02/02 13:42:36 ET