Injury-ridden Red Wings in tough against experienced Bruins

Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenceman...

Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

The Early Word: This series has so many great matchups, beginning behind the bench with the coaches. Detroit’s Mike Babcock and Boston’s Claude Julien are two of the best and Julien was on Babcock’s staff when they won gold with Team Canada in Sochi. The Wings have been banged up all year and you have to wonder how effective forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (back issues; may be back at some point in first round) will be. Julien has defenceman Zdeno Chara and Selke Trophy favourite Patrice Bergeron to smother whoever he feels is the Wings’ biggest threat, which at this point is Gustav Nyquist (28 goals in 57 games). The Wings played the Bruins tough this season, but this is the Boston’s time of year.


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