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Red Wings look to strike first in Boston

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 9:45 AM ET
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(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Dwight Eisenhower was president, Jackie Robinson retired from baseball and a 22-year-old Elvis Presley paid $100,000 to buy a place called Graceland. That all happened in 1957, along with the most recent matchup in the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Red Wings and Bruins -- until now.

While the Bruins were able to coast into the postseason for the most part and the Red Wings had to scratch and claw to earn one of two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference, the potential exists for a long series if Detroit goalieJimmy Howard and the defense can contain a potent Boston offense.

Detroit wanted to be switched to the Eastern Conference, and the League realignment this season made that happen. Now in the playoffs for the 23rd straight season, the Red Wings will get to see if they have what it takes to advance in their new conference. In the Western Conference, the Red Wings advanced beyond the first round five out of the past six seasons, winning the Stanley Cup as recently as 2008 and returning to the Final in 2009.

There might be a different style for the Red Wings to adjust to, but they're not worried.
"Sure, the Bruins and some of the other teams from the East are physical, but we played Anaheim last year and they're big and physical," forward Gustav Nyquist said. "I think the biggest thing is the travel. You don't have to travel three different time zones, and that affects you more than you know."

The Wings will look to make the most of tonight and strike first in this best-of-seven series.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59