Stumbling into the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, the best record Boston Bruins are matched up against the Detroit Red Wings and it will be the best series of the NHL first round. Fans in Boston and Detroit will have to wait until Friday for the series to begin because the Celtics exist.
A grind-out, tough series is one the Bruins want to get into, but the Red Wings are a worthy first round opponent in the sense that they play their game – it’s a fast-paced one and it’s one the Tuukka Rask really struggles against. Check the scoreboard:
Rask posted a .928 save percentage this season, but the Red Wings have beaten Rask, and the Bruins, three times this season as they went 1-3. Unfortunately, his struggles don’t just stop there as Rask has gone 0-2 against the Red Wings in his career before this season so that makes him 1-5 career against Detroit.
Rask doesn’t post a losing record against most teams so the fact that he does says a little something. This Detroit team may be in his head.
Rask, and most goalies for that matter, go as the defense in front of him goes and this is just a bad matchup for these bigger, slower Boston D-men. In four games against the Red Wings, the Bruins have been outscored 13-9, including three straight losses. You have to go all the way back to October fifth, the second game of the 2014 season, to find a Bruins win.
As the Bruins defenseman struggle with quicker teams, it makes Tuukka Rask’s room for error very slim. He’ll need to be nearly perfect in net to give the Bruins the win, but that goes for all these games. It’s what makes these NHL playoffs so awesome.
Box score’s this season against Red Wings:
Game one: Oct. 5, 2013
Game two: Oct. 14, 2013
Game three: Nov. 27, 2013
Game four: April 2, 2014