Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/23/2014
Thursday, April 24, 8:00 PM on NBCS, TSN, NESN, FSDT
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
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On Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins were able to shut the Detroit Red Wings out with a 3-0 win to take a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinal series.
Boston's 20-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton was able to score his first career playoff goal nine minutes into the first period while the Bruins were on the power play. The goal was one that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard would like to have back, as it looked like a simple save to make on Hamilton's wrister, but the netminder let it get by him.
Jordan Caron doubled Boston's lead nearly six minutes later off assists from Shawn Thornton and Kevan Miller. After neither team could find the back of the net in the second period, Patrice Bergeron scored the insurance goal for Boston on an unassisted tally with two minutes remaining in the third period.
Boston's offense did do pretty well in the game, but once again netminder Tuukka Rask was their player of the game. The 27-year-old goalie was able to stop all 23 shots that the Red Wings put on goal, including a spectacular save early in the third period on Justin Abdelkader's shot.
Other than that early mistake, Jimmy Howard was solid in net for the Red Wings. He was able to stop 31 of the Bruins' 33 shots for a .939 save percentage.
The Red Wings will be hoping to get the Game 4 win in Detroit to avoid going to Boston down 3-1.
Boston is 23-17 straight up on the road this season
Boston is 24-13-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Detroit is 18-23 straight up at home this season
Detroit is 17-19-5 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/28/13 D Dennis Seidenberg Knee out for season
12/07/13 LW Jay Pandolfo None has retired
04/20/14 C Chris Kelly Back questionable
04/20/14 LW Daniel Paille Concussion questionable
04/20/14 D Matt Bartkowski Flu questionable
02/28/14 D Adam McQuaid Quad out indefinitely
04/14/14 LW Henrik Zetterberg Back doubtful Round 1 vs Boston
04/14/14 D Jonathan Ericsson Finger expected to miss Round 1 vs Boston
03/06/14 C Stephen Weiss Hernia out indefinitely
03/04/14 RW Daniel Cleary Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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