Saturday, January 10, 2004

GameDay: @ Boston (17-11-10-4, 48) 1:00 EST

Tonight is the second meeting between these two teams in four days and the second of two games scheduled between them this season. The Bruins shut the Wings out 3-0 on Wednesday in a game which the Wings put forth little effort after the first five minutes or so. The Wings have not played since Wednesday. They are 12-4-2-1 in their previous 19 games and have not lost back to back games in regulation since a streak from October 25th to the 30th where they lost three in a row. They are seven points a head of St. Louis in the Central Division and first place overall. Boston will be looking to extend their four-game unbeaten streak to five games tonight. They are 3-0-1 in their last four games and, most recentl, beat Pittsburgh 3-1 on Thursday. They had a fast start to the season but eventually fell in the standings. It looks like they may be on the rise again. Curtis Joseph should get the start tonight. Because of a setback,Darren McCarty has stopped skating. The Wings hope to get him back on the ice today and bring him on the five-game road trip coming up. The Wings need to win this game in order to save a little face after that embarrassing loss to this Boston team on Wednesday. They need to put in a heck of a lot more effort today and not expect to roll over the Bruins. I think it's about time Brett Hull broke out of his slump too. Pavel Datsyuk hasn't had a great game lately either. Hopefully the whole team will play hard today because there are some important games going on. The Avs are in Dallas, the Flyers play Edmonton at home, the Leafs will face New Jersey in the Air Canada Centre and the Blues are in Nashville for a game against the Preds. The Wings need to continue to win consistenly if they want to stay at or near the top because those other teams aren't letting up. Freep and ESPN


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