DETROIT >> Boston is coming in a desperate team after falling to 1-3-0 on a last-second goal allowed against Colorado on Monday.
“They’ll come out flying I’m sure,” Niklas Kronwall said. “We have to play with the same pace we have in the first two games. Stay with the same structure. So far it’s looked pretty good.”
The Bruins have been outscored 9-4 through four games.
“That team has thrived on scoring a lot of goals and I think they’re probably at that point where they’re pretty desperate right now,” Brendan Smith said. “So we definitely in the first little bit have to weather the storm or match it or better it and then get back and keep playing our game and take it to them. For sure they’re going to be coming. They need these points after a few of these losses. They’ll be pressing a little bit and we got to make sure we make good plays.”
Detroit is 8-1-0 in the last nine regular season meetings against Boston.
“The biggest key is just doing it over and over, shift after shift,” Kronwall said. “It might sound like a cliché but especially against Boston, they’re a well-structured team. They do the same things for 60 minutes every game. That’s how you have to play to beat them, and obviously play with a high pace as well.”
The Bruins knocked the Wings’ out of the playoffs last season in five games.
“We don’t think about records,” Nyquist said. “This is the first time I’ve heard we’re 8-1-0 against them in regular season. It’s a new game. They’re going to come in here and have lost a couple now in a row so they’re going to come in hungry. We lost a tough one against Anaheim in the final seconds so we’re hungry as well. I’m expecting a real hard, tough fought match.”
The Bruins also have David Krejci back and signed Simon Gagne to a contract on Tuesday.
“We’re not tricking Boston and they’re not tricking us,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re just going to go out and do what we do and do it the best we can. Because of the way they play we’re going to do things different just like we do every night depending on the opposition.”