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NEWARK — Heading into the final week of the regular season, three teams stood as possible first-round opponents for the Bruins: Detroit, Columbus, and Philadelphia. Detroit was the toughest potential matchup.
The Wings will be in the playoffs for the 23d straight season. They play with pace, skill, structure, and enthusiasm. The Wings are similar to the Blackhawks. They emphasize getting the puck out of their zone quickly and putting it on the sticks of their in-stride forwards. In turn, the forwards prefer to carry the puck over the offensive blue line instead of playing dump-and-chase hockey.
The Bruins lost three of the four games against the Wings this season. The Wings blew out the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena Nov. 27, 6-1.