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Bruins Look to Bounce Back in Detroit

by Caryn Switaj @NHLBruins /

DETROIT - When the Bruins play a simple game, they find results.


That's what defenseman Torey Krug was focusing on Wednesday morning, as he and the Bruins were preparing to face the Red Wings for Rivalry Night on NBCSN (8:00 p.m. EST // Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub). 


"The simplicity of our game is crucial for our success," said Krug. "I think also when we're skating well, and that includes getting in on the forecheck and going back to break out pucks. I think when we're skating well, all five guys are playing really fast and it's hard to keep up with."

The Bruins found that success with a 6-3 win over Philadelphia on Saturday (in which they jumped out to a 4-0 lead). They were unable to follow up with another similar effort and dropped a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday. 


"Just looking forward," said Krug, who was no longer focused on the frustration of the loss, but on the effort needed against the Red Wings. "It's a great opportunity to get back in the win column."


"They're a team right now that's trying to push their way up in the standings, and we're trying to stay in the spot that we are and continue to move up, so it's a good opportunity to rebound from what happened last game, and we're just looking forward right now."


The Bruins were given the a day off the ice on Tuesday before traveling to Detroit, so they were recharged on the ice Wednesday for pregame skate. 


"I think there's a physical portion to it, no question, but a mental portion as well, that you're able to get your rest and not have to check in for the time on the ice," said David Backes. "And you're able to come to the rink a lot fresher today."


Krug could sense the energy during skate.


"I think the excitement on the ice this morning, guys were excited to be out there," said Krug. "When you get a day off, it's nice, that rest - physically and mentally - to get away, and the excitement the next day is usually pretty high, so you could feel that out on the ice today."


Head Coach Claude Julien is hoping that his recharged team can turn that excitement into two points on Wednesday night - and be ready to go from the drop of the puck.


"As a coach, you always hope your team's ready to go," said Julien. "It's up to them to go out there and show that they're ready to go."


Krug Reminisces About The Joe


Joe Louis Arena is in the midst of its farewell season, before moving the Red Wings move into their brand new arena for the 2017-18 season.


Growing up in Livonia, Mich., Krug frequented 'The Joe' - whether for Red Wings games, tournaments with his youth team, or games on the ice as a member of the Michigan State hockey team. His first game there as a Bruin was just as special. 


"Just being able to watch all the great teams growing up winning Stanley Cups, getting to go to games - it's a special building, it has a lot of meaning to me and my family and it's a fun place to play," said Krug. 


"I was young [when I came to my first game], but just the atmosphere and seeing the octopus come down from the ceiling was a special moment for me and it's something, as a kid, you look up to, and you hope you can be on the ice one time."


Pregame Skate Lines and Defense Pairings


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano - David Krejci - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Ryan Spooner - Riley Nash

Austin Czarnik - Dominic Moore - Anton Blidh 

Matt Beleskey*, Jimmy Hayes


Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow - John-Michael Liles


Projected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask // Backup: Zane McIntyre


*Matt Beleskey traveled with the team for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Dec. 3. He is not expected to return to action on Wednesday night.

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