BostonBruins.com – Today in Joe Louis Arena, the Boston Bruins will square off against the Detroit Red Wings for the second time in three days.
The puck drops at 12:30 for an early afternoon tilt as the Bruins will look to bounce back from their 6-1 defeat in TD Garden on Friday night.
The game marks the second contest in the Bruins fourth and final home-and-home series of the season. Thus far the B’s are 3-0-0 in the second half of those series.
“I think it’s pretty obvious what we have to do -- play much better,” Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s practice on Saturday.
“It’s not so much going into the dressing room and saying it’s a must win.
"It’s going into the dressing room and saying we want to play our game and we want to play it well,” he said.
Bruins Look to Bounce Back Despite Boston’s 6-1 loss on Friday at the hands of the “Original Six” Detroit Red Wings, the Black & Gold quickly switched gears and set their sights on today’s game and a shot at redemption in the Motor City.
“They’re a great team but we weren’t ready at all," Bruins forward Mark Recchi said after the game. "For whatever reason we weren’t sharp from the get-go and that hurt us.
"We know they’re gifted and control the puck, and they did. We didn’t match it.
“We’ll have to be a lot better on Sunday," added the veteran wing. "It was a good eye-opener for us.
"We haven’t had one of these in a while so let’s hope that’s it for a long time again.”
Friday night, the Bruins lacked the speed and physicality to defeat the defensively tight Red Wings veterans.
“We certainly weren’t on top of our game and we let them play their game comfortably, I thought,” Julien said after yesterday’s practice. “They’re a highly skilled team and you respect that but you also have to play your game and we didn’t.
“There’s too much for me to start mentioning here because there were a lot of things. The goals against were uncharacteristic of us, the running around out of position and that gave them some goals.
“We just have to be better in a lot of different areas.”
As such, the Bruins are happy to have a quick shot at redemption.
“You don’t like to sit around too much," Recchi said Friday. "Sunday, at twelve-thirty, we have to be ready and be a lot different team -- show them what the Boston Bruins are really made of and make a good game of it."
The Boston Bruins, who had been big and bad of late, fell to 3-6-2 against the Western Conference after Friday night's loss.
But because the B’s don’t face their Western Conference foes very often, they are a good measuring stick for the Bruins and that makes Sunday that much more important.
“For me standing here today, I guarantee it’s going to happen tomorrow,” Julien said.
“You really hope it’s going to happen tomorrow because our team has shown that in the past and should continue to show it. Yeah, if I was a betting man, I’d bet that our team is going to bounce back.”