BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have scored first in 10 of their 15 games but are 5-5-0 in those games.
That has to change if the Bruins want to stay in the mix for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Over the past two days since the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche after squandering a 2-0 lead, a lot of talk has been about a need to focus for 60 minutes.
"Obviously we've shown that we can play 60 minutes, that we are able to maintain that pace and focus [sometimes]," captain Zdeno Chara said Saturday at TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, NESN). "It really comes down to being accountable for that and every individual has to make sure that before, during and all the way to the end is focused on the task. I mean we all can skate and hit, score, we’ve just really got to be paying attention to the details."
The Bruins (7-7-1) also have to reestablish home-ice advantage. The past three seasons they had a 71-22-13 record at TD Garden, but this season they're 1-5-1 and have lost their past two.
"For a long time now we've had a good home record," defenseman Torey Krug said. "This year, for whatever reason, it's been a place that teams like to come in and play. We have to change that. It starts with us as players, going out and executing the coaches’ game plan. And that's what we need to do."
The Red Wings (8-7-1) held an optional skate with a handful of players participating. Detroit arrived late Friday after a 3-2 home loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Red Wings lost despite outshooting the Sharks 28-14.
"When they got that two-goal lead, they stacked up in front of their goalie," Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg told the Detroit Free Press on Friday. "It was tough to get pucks through. Just got to find a way to be a little crisper. Too many turnovers in the beginning of the second, beginning of the third. Couldn't really get anything going."
Coach Jeff Blashill juggled his forward lines in the third period but told the media after the game he would reassess his lineup prior to the game in Boston.
Here are the projected lineups:
Justin Abdelkader – Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk
Tomas Tatar – Dylan Larkin – Gustav Nyquist
Riley Sheahan – Andreas Athanasiou – Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Darren Helm
Niklas Kronwall – Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser – Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl – Alexey Marchenko
Petr Mrazek – Jimmy Howard
Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion), Brad Richards (back), Kyle Quincey (ankle), Landon Ferraro (knee)
Scratched: Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith
Matt Beleskey – Patrice Bergeron – Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano – David Krejci – Loui Eriksson
Brad Marchand – Ryan Spooner – Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo – Joonas Kemppainen – Tyler Randell
Zdeno Chara – Zach Trotman
Dennis Seidenberg – Kevan Miller
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Injured: Colin Miller (lower body), Chris Kelly (broken leg), David Pastrnak (foot)
Scratched: Joe Morrow
Status report: Colin Miller was one of three players who skated for Boston, but coach Claude Julien said the Bruins are being cautious with him.
Who's hot: Mrazek has won his past three starts for Detroit. ... Spooner has a goal in two straight games and three points in that span for Boston.