Red Wings look to strike first in Boston
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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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