After a tough loss against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night, the Bruins will look to cap off their three-game homestand with a winning record when they host the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden on Tuesday night. After Tuesday’s tilt, the Bruins will hit the road for games in New York on Wednesday and Detroit on Saturday.
Let’s take a closer look at the Bruins week ahead:
— Tuesday vs. Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m.
The Bruins’ third and final game of their first homestand will come against a Wild team that has looked sharp through five games this season. The Bruins were victorious in both games against the Wild last season, taking home a 4-2 victory in each win.
After missing Saturday’s contest with a lower-body injury, the Bruins will hope to have Tuukka Rask back between the pipes as the Black and Gold look to get themselves back into the win column. The Bruins will also look for the first goal of the game on Tuesday, something they have not done in any of their five games so far this season.
The Wild have been led by defenseman Ryan Suter and forward Charlie Coyle in the early stages of 2016-17. The duo has five and four points respectively in five games. Like the Bruins, the Wild are also allowing just 2.60 goals per game.
It’s safe to safe goals will be hard to come by in this one.
— Wednesday at New York Rangers, 8 p.m.
In their only regular season trip to Madison Square Garden this season, the Bruins will take on the Rangers on “rivalry night.” Bruins fans will get their first look at Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey. You may remember this summer when the Bruins were reportedly one of the finalists to land the services of the former Harvard star, only to see him spurn the hometown team in favor of the Broadway Blueshirts. Vesey has three goals in five games, including his first career two-goal game Saturday night against the Capitals.
Boxford, Massachusetts native and former Boston College Eagle Chris Kreider is off to a hot start and leading the offensive charge in New York with three goals and four assists for a team-high seven points. On the other side of the ice, it hasn’t been the smoothest start for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is 2-2-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage.
The Rangers took two of three from the Bruins last season.
— Saturday at Detroit Red Wings, 7 p.m.
In their second-to-last regular season contest at Joe Louis arena, the Bruins will look for their first win against a divisional opponent this season. The Red Wings are 4-2 through six games and have looked very good overall. With 20 goals in six games, the Wings currently sit as one of the game’s most productive offenses. Led by Gustav Nyquist and Thomas Vanek who both have seven points, the Bruins will have their hands full with the speedy Red Wings.
The Bruins’ struggles on the power play thus far have been well documented. The Red Wings, however, have not had any issues with the man advantage as they are an impressive 9-for-19 on the power play. Special teams will be a key factor in Saturday’s contest.
With a slow start to the season currently haunting Bruins’ forward David Krejci, a game against the Red Wings could be exactly what he needs to break out of his early slump. Krejci has four goals and nine assists in 17 career games against the Red Wings.
The Bruins took three of four against the Red Wings last year.