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From The Boston Point Of View

from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,

Bruins in six. This is should be an interesting and entertaining series. Of all the first-round matchups in the Stanley Cup playoffs, this one could be the most difficult to win. Boston’s reward for winning the Presidents’ Trophy will be one pesky opponent. Still, the Bruins will prevail based on their overall game.

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from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,

Aside from harnessing their emotions, the Bruins also must find a way to counter Detroit’s speed and skill. Their game plan didn’t work out all that well in the regular season, as the Red Wings won three of the four meetings. Two of Detroit’s wins, however, were by one goal.

“We’ve played some fast teams before,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “And again, we can look at the record whichever way we want and see us 1-3. I look at the games we played against them, and there was one, the first one in Detroit, that we didn’t play very well. The other three we could’ve won the two that we had the lead. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of an issue as much as we may be an issue for them. Teams have strengths and it’s how you counter those things.

“I think our team can certainly skate. I don’t think we’re a slow team. Whether people underrate our skating or not, I don’t know. But we’ve shown that we can skate with these guys and certainly close a gap quick on those guys, too. And that’s what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to make sure you don’t give those guys too much room because they’ll make plays and they’ll take the ice that you give them.”

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CSNNE with a 1 1/2 minute video breaking down the series...

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Soupsnake's avatar

The video suggests that Boston has the better 3rd and 4th lines. I definitely don’t agree with that. I think the bottom two lines are where the Wing’s shine and will be the difference if we win this series.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 04/16/14 at 10:49 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

The video suggests that Boston has the better 3rd and 4th lines. I definitely don’t agree with that. I think the bottom two lines are where the Wing’s shine and will be the difference if we win this series.

Unsure I agree in this matchup.  Against most teams wings have a depth advantage up front,  but the B’s have a lot of depth too. They have Lou Erikson on their 3rd line, they have some depth. Their depth is bigger and slower, where as ours is more fast and skilled, but I think that offsets.

Pavel is @ 75% and Hank is out, had those two been in at healthy, we woudl have the clear advantage.

I do agree that if we win, it will be all 4 lines that carry us.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 04/16/14 at 11:22 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Their 4th line can’t shut down our top line.. But ours.  Not all bout scoring depth but I think Detroit is setup better to offset Boston’s matchups. So franzen Alfy and helm get the Eriksson line.  I’ll take that all day

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/16/14 at 11:56 AM ET

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Wings in FOUR!

Posted by howeandhowe on 04/17/14 at 03:36 PM ET

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