The Detroit Red Wings gave the Maple Leafs everything they could handle the other night, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome their offensive barrage. The Red Wings had to settle for a 5-3 loss against the rival Maple Leafs. For a fan base who has been spoiled with a winning team since 1997, the Red Wings have finally run out of tricks to keep things afloat.
It was the Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom era, and then they were fortunate to land on Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in the draft. They went from Yzerman to ushering in another era of good players in Detroit. Now we’ve hit a stage where it’s a bit of a rebuilding season for the Red Wings. They have their brand new arena, but don’t have a good team to put on the ice. Joe Louis has a ton of good memories and it could take awhile before Little Caesars Arena. Not to mention, the Wings were spoiled with Scotty Bowman and Mike Babcock behind the bench.
Now the Red Wings are trying to develop the likes of Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Gustav Nyquist. This is without Zetterberg who recently retired due to a back injury. It would have been nice to still have him here to guide the young guys, but it’s going to be trial and error instead. Veteran Thomas Vanek was picked up by the Red Wings, but he’s not a guy like Zetterberg who has been in Detroit for over a decade.
The last veteran standing is netminder Jimmy Howard. Petr Mrazek left for Carolina, so it’s just Howard and Jonathan Bernier manning the pipes. The Bruins looked good against in their last outing, as they skated past the Oilers by a score of 4-1. Rask will get the start in this one, after Halak has been playing well for the Bruins. Get our free Red Wings vs. Bruins pick below.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Red Wings don’t have a win yet this season, but they do have a point thanks to a shootout loss to the Ducks. That was their best game of the year, as they nearly stole won out west in Anaheim. The Red Wings had a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd period and looked like they were ready to spring an upset. However, that was soured when Jakob Silfverberg tied it up.
The Wings are going to have issues scoring all season long, so they better get used to a lot of 1 and 2 goal nights. They’re coming off a 3 goal effort against the Leafs, but they aren’t going to have a porous defence like that to face every outing. After the Capitals routed them by a score of 7-0, the defence has settled down and allowed just 4 goals in their previous three games.
Also, the offence has looked much better with 4, 6, and 4 goals in their last three games. The Wings are averaging just 2.25 goals per game, and I wouldn’t expect that number to look much bigger in a month or two. Expect them to struggle to find any resemblance of consistency with their lack of firepower. Rask hasn’t looked great to start out the season, while Halak has when given opportunities.
Rask owns a 5.52 GAA and 0.84 save percentage thus far. Look for this to be a stat booster game for Rask against a bad Detroit offence. Dating back to last season, the Red Wings have lost seven straight games. Also, note that the Bruins are 11-1 over the Wings in their previous twelve meetings in Boston. TD Garden has been a house of horrors for them. Look for a 4-2 or 5-2 win for the Bruins on Saturday.