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Bruins - Red Wings preview - 04-18-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Bruins vs. Red Wings

Bruins Leading Regular Season Scorer: David Krejci (right), 69 points (19 goals, 50 assists).

Red Wings Leading Regular Season Scorer: David Legwand, 51 points (14 goals, 37 assists).

Bruins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask, 26-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 SV%.

Red Wings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jimmy Howard, 21-19-11, 2.66 GAA, .910 SV%.

Bruins Regular Season Statistics

Red Wings Regular Season Statistics

Bruins Injuries: Center Patrice Bergeron (undisclosed) is probable. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski (undisclosed) is questionable. Center Chris Kelly (back) and left winger Daniel Paille (head) are questionable. Defensemen Adam McQuaid (quadriceps), Dennis Seidenberg (knee) and center Marc Savard (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Red Wings Injuries: Right winger Dan Cleary (knee) and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (finger) are out. Right winger Mikael Samuelsson (undisclosed), center Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) and left winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) are on injured reserve.

Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Patrice Bergeron, C; Johnny Boychuk, D; Gregory Campbell, C; Zdeno Chara, D; Chris Kelly, C; David Krejci, C; Milan Lucic, LW; Brad Marchand, LW; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, LW; Tuukka Rask, G; Marc Savard, C; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Shawn Thornton .

Red Wings with Stanley Cup bling: Dan Cleary, RW; Pavel Datsyuk, C; Jonathan Ericsson, D; Johan Franzen, RW; Darren Helm, C; Niklas Kronwall, D; Drew Miller, LW; Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Henrik Zetterberg, LW.

Something worthwhile about the Bruins: The Bruins won 41 games this past regular season when the scored the first goal of the game, most in the league.

Something worthwhile about the Red Wings: The Red Wings went 3-1-0 against the Bruins this past regular season.

Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins center Derek Sanderson holds the Bruins' record for career postseason short-handed goals with three.

Something useless about the Red Wings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Andy Bathgate holds the Red Wings' record for most power-play goals in on series. He scored five in six games against the Blackhawks in a 1966 semifinal series.

Former Penguins on the Bruins: Jarome Iginla, RW; Chad Johnson, G (Johnson is a former Penguins prospect who never played for the organization); Corey Potter, D.

Former Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting.

Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Torrey Krug, Johnny Boychuk, Kevin Miller. The Red Wings still have a pretty fleet crew of skilled forwards. The Bruins' defensemen need to find a way to make life miserable for them.

Who needs to be the difference for the Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall (right), Kyle Quincey, Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith, etc. Kronwall will do most of the heavy lifting on Detroit's blue line but the Bruins' aggressive forecheck will try to punish him. The Red Wings' other defensemen need to find a way to ease his burden.

Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's series-clinching overtime goal in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs in a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal:

Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov scoring an overtime goal which required a video review in a 1-0 win against the North Stars in Game 6 of a 1992 Norris Division semifinal series:

EN Prediction: The Bruins are just too deep and too big for this Red Wings team which is worn out. Bruins 4-1.

(Photos: Mike Carlson/Getty Images and Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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