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Powerful Bruins

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko looks to prevent Brad Marchand and the rest of the Bruins from scoring, especially on the power play. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT -- The Red Wings would do well to stay out of the penalty box against the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins have the top-ranked power play in the league, hitting on 32.3 percent of their chances.

They are slightly better at home than on the road, 34.4 percent to 30 percent.

"It’s definitely a challenge," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I’ve had a chance to watch Boston lots. They’ve got a great power play. They’ve done a great job with it. They’ve done a great job of putting people – I guess in my opinion, from watching it from afar – they’ve done a great job of putting people in the right spots. Torey’s (Krug) real effective coming down that weak side. (David) Krejci’s real good up top. Patrice Bergeron is real good when he’s in the middle. It’s a real talented power play."

Bergeron and Loui Eriksson each have scored five power-play goals.

"They got so many skilled players up front there and on the back end, too," defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. "They got skill all around. It’ll be up to us tonight to try to get in lanes, block shots, anything we can do to keep the puck out of the net."

The Wings will have to pay even more attention to face-offs because of Bergeron, whose 59.5 percent face-off proficiency since the start of the 2011-12 season is best in the league.

"I think face-offs are critically important on special teams," Blashill said. "That would be one area where I think they are critically important. I think it’s hard to have a real good power play if you don’t win a lot of face-offs. It’s hard to do a good job killing penalties if they’re in your zone the whole time."

Bergeron is winning 54.79 percent of his face-offs this season.

Pavel Datsyuk, who will be playing in his seventh game, is winning 52.52 percent of his face-offs.

The current team leader is Luke Glendening, who has won 53.59 percent of his face-offs.

"It's tough," Riley Sheahan said. "Face-offs are huge for us to get possession of the puck. They've got some guys who are really good at it and some wingers who can jump in the draws really early and retrieve pucks for their center men. It's going to be something we have to be conscious about."

The Wings' penalty kill is ranked eighth in the league at 84.3 percent, third at home at 89.2 percent.

Conversely, the Wings would like the Bruins to take some penalties as they are just 28th in the league on the penalty kill at 74.7 percent, 21st on the road at 78 percent.

DeKEYSER FEELING FINE: Despite taking two pucks to the face in the span of five days and needing stitches both times, DeKeyser is ready to play.

"I’m fine today," DeKeyser said. "I had 10 stitches (under right eye). Everything’s fine."

DeKeyser was first hit off a deflected shot by Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown in the third period of Friday night's game and then again towards the end of Tuesday's practice.

"I still have those (stitches) right here (near left side of mouth)," DeKeyser said. "It’s only five, so not as bad. Rough week, pucks are just finding a way to get up in my face."

DeKeyser does wear a shield but the pucks have bounced up and managed to avoid it.

HELLO, FERRARO: On Saturday, Landon Ferraro was a Red Wing. On Sunday, he became a Bruin after Boston claimed him on waivers.

On Monday, Ferraro was playing and recording an assist for his new team, plus doing an in-game interview with his father, Ray.

On Wednesday, Ferraro was facing the Wings for the first time.

"Landon Ferraro did tons for me as a coach," Blashill said. "He came and worked hard for three and a half years, committed to everything we asked him to commit to, helped us win a championship in the American League. We knew the risk involved when we put him on waivers. And certainly from an organization standpoint you want to keep as many good players as you can and Landon’s a real good player and a real good person. From a personal standpoint, I was happy for him to have the opportunity. I watched him play the other night and it was great for him."

Bruins coach Claude Julien is pleased with the acquisition, although not committing to having Ferraro in the lineup Wednesday.

"Landon is going to bring some stability," Julien said. "He’s a smart player, skates well. I used the term reliable, and that’s because I think he’s got real good hockey sense. Just from what I saw (Monday) night I thought he really helped our team. I felt comfortable with him on the ice; for a guy playing his first game he seemed to know basically what he had to do there. To me, he’s only going to get better. Great skater, strong skater. Definitely will be a penalty killer for us down the road, a player we can use in different situations."

Sheahan's locker was once next to Ferraro's in the dressing room.

"It'll be a little different, just seeing that name on his jersey, seeing him in different colors," Sheahan said. "I know a lot of us have played with Landon for a while, in Grand Rapids and then just through the organization. It's tough to see him go. He's a good friend, a good teammate. Good to see him get picked up by another team and stay in the NHL because he definitely deserves to be here."

Meanwhile, Sheahan has a new locker neighbor in Teemu Pulkkinen.

"It's nice to have somebody here," Sheahan said. "Lando's gone, it's tough to see him go but it's good to have Pulkki over here. Maybe he can give me a little scoring touch."

BY THE NUMBERS: Here are the Wings with the best career numbers against Boston: Brad Richards has nine goals and 24 assists in 42 games; Mike Green has six goals and nine assists in 24 games; Datsyuk has three goals and 11 assists in 16 games; Henrik Zetterberg has six goals and eight assists in 17 games; Tomas Tatar has four goals and four assists in eight games.

Here are the Bruins with the best career numbers against the Wings: Loui Eriksson has 15 goals and 13 assists in 36 games; Bergeron has four goals and five assists in 17 games; Krejci has four goals and four assists in 14 games; Jimmy Hayes has three goals and three assists in 15 games; Brad Marchand has three goals and three assists in 14 games.

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