First-round series beginning tonight:
Red Wings vs. Bruins
Records: Boston (54-19-9, NHL-best 117 points); Detroit (39-28-15, 93 points)
Coaches: Bruins — Claude Julien (seventh season, 310-163-65); Red Wings — Mike Babcock (ninth season, 415-198-98)
Season series: Red Wings 3-1
Last year's playoffs: Bruins lost to Blackhawks in Stanley Cup final. Red Wings lost to Blackhawks in Western Conference semifinals.
Key players: Bruins — C David Krejci (19 G, 50 A, 69 points); G Tuukka Rask (36-15-6, 2.04 GAA, .930 save percentage); Red Wings — RW Gustav Nyquist (28 G, 20 A, 48 points in 57 games); D Niklas Kronwall (8 G, team-high 41 A, 49 points)
Outlook: Boston was second in the league in fewest goals allowed per game (2.08). … Red Wings LW Henrik Zetterberg, third among active players with 55 postseason goals, is recovering from back surgery and not likely to play in the series. … The flu kept a few Bruins off the ice early in the week.