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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, November 8, 2019
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Coming off rare loss, Bruins visit reeling Red Wings

Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Bruins began their 2018-19 series with the Red Wings with an 8-2 home rout, Boston's 15th win in a 17-game span against Detroit (15-1-1) dating back to Oct. 15, 2014. The Red Wings then won each of the final three meetings, including both matchups in Detroit, to take the season series for the first time since 2013-14.
  2. Despite having a six-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Montreal, the Bruins scored at least four goals for a fifth consecutive contest. Boston's 56 goals thus far are its most over a season's first 15 games since the 1992-93 team recorded 67.
  3. Detroit is 1-11-1 since Oct. 12 and suffered its fourth straight loss with Wednesday's 5-1 defeat to the Rangers. The Red Wings have been outscored 22-5 during the skid, their worst goal differential over any four-game span since a minus-18 margin (9-to-27) from March 14-20, 1986.
  4. The Bruins lead the NHL with a plus-10 differential in power-play goals, while the Red Wings rank last in that category at minus-11. Detroit has surrendered 16 power-play goals over its last 12 games, its most over a span of that length since also permitting 16 from Jan. 17-Feb. 13, 2009.
  5. David Pastrnak scored his league-leading 15th goal in Tuesday's loss to the Canadiens to extend his point streak to 13 games. Pastrnak is the first Bruins player with 15 goals through his team's first 15 games since Peter McNabb in 1975-76, as well as the third in franchise history with 30 points in the team's first 15 games (Phil Esposito, 1973-74; Bobby Orr, 1974-75).
  6. Jimmy Howard has allowed three goals or fewer in all of his nine career starts at home against Boston, compiling a 5-2-2 record with a 2.10 GAA in those games. The streak is tied for the second-longest of Howard's career against a visiting opponent, surpassed only by Columbus (14).

As the Boston Bruins travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings on Friday night, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

For just the second time across their first 16 games, the Bruins will be looking to rebound from a regulation loss. Boston fell 5-4 to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in controversial fashion, snapping a six-game winning streak and marking the first time the team has failed to gain a point from a contest since Oct 10.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, are the worst team in the league, with four straight losses and defeats in 12 of their last 13, all but one in regulation.

Though the Bruins are a clear favorite -- their league-leading plus-20 goal differential dwarfs the Red Wings' league-worst minus-33 -- Boston can't help but feel outside factors might be working against them. The loss to the Canadiens was marred by a lengthy video review that overturned what would have been a go-ahead goal in the third period, when it determined Charlie Coyle was offsides on the play.

Montreal seized momentum and took the lead for good with 10:54 to go. For the Bruins, it was a flashback to their only other regulation loss, when they had two goals disallowed by replay review in a 4-2 setback against the Colorado Avalanche.

"Some are gonna go your way, some aren't -- ours are not going our way lately, but I assume they will straighten out over the course of time," said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy of challenge calls. "But the rule was put in place specifically for egregious plays. They're over there for three minutes. You think, well, what is the purpose of this rule? Either you find something or you don't."

The Bruins had come back from 3-1 down in the contest. David Pastrnak scored his 15th goal to extend his career-long points streak to 13 games, while Brad Marchand was held off the score sheet for the first time in 13 games.

The Red Wings are desperate for that kind of production, having been held to two goals or fewer 10 times in their last 13 games after scoring four or more three times amid a 3-1-0 start.

Detroit's latest setback came at the hands of the New York Rangers on Wednesday. The Red Wings gave up three goals in less than a five-minute span in the second period in an eventual 5-1 loss.

"It's frustrating right now," said Red Wings alternate captain Dylan Larkin. "It's tough to try and find an answer when it's night after night. We've tried different things, different lineups, special teams tonight. It seems like it's a different story every night. We can't really seem to generate a full 60 minutes, a complete game."

Friday's Boston-Detroit tilt marks the first of four between the Atlantic Division rivals this season. The Red Wings won three of their four meetings last season, one in overtime.

After its loss to New York on Wednesday, Detroit acquired forward Robby Fabbri from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Jacob de la Rose. Fabbri has scored once in nine games this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 7, 2019

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