Bruins’ Marchand Returns against Red Wings
Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings (3-1-2) are on the road tonight as they attempt to slow down the #1 seed in the Atlantic, the Boston Bruins (6-1-0). Boston’s Brad Marchand fittingly will return to the lineup tonight. Marchand has a history of dirty plays to go along with lighting up the stat sheet against the Red Wings. Brad has recorded 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) when facing Detroit in his career, with a plus-minus of +7.
For a team who is coming off a lackluster game defensively, the return of Marchand doesn’t help when facing a Bruins team at TD Garden who is 5-0 at home as well as on a three-game winning streak. If the Red Wings want to be competitive in this matchup, they must contain Marchand. Brad alongside David Pastrnak will be the focal point defensively as Detroit hunts for their 4th win.
Red Wings Lineup Changes
The Red Wings recalled right wing Matt Luff from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Luff will make his debut tonight in place of Oskar Sundqvist as he is listed as day-to day with an upper body injury. In net tonight for Detroit, Ville Husso will get the start between the pipes as Alex Nedeljkovic gets a night off.
Red Wings’ Skater to Watch
My skater to watch tonight will be Red Wings forward David Perron. Perron has been huge offensively for Detroit thus far, continuously showing what a force he can be on special teams. David has tallied 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in 22 meetings with the Bruins over his career. Detroit’s offense along with the PP came up shallow last game against the Devils. Perron being one of the anchors of the Red Wings special teams, needs to show up tonight to compete with the high-powered Bruins.
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