NBCSN Wednesday Night Preview
There are a set of video games on NBCSN Wednesday as the safeguarding Stanley Cup Champ Tampa Bay Lightning host the Detroit Red Wings at 5:30 pm ET while 2 of the very best groups in the East, the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers take on at 8:00 pm ET.
Editor’s Note: The Detroit Red Wings will deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday on NBCSN beginning at 5:30 pm ET. Livestream all the action here.
DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY
The very first video game of the night has the very best and the worst from the 2019-20 season playing each other as the Lightning won the Stanley Cup while Detroit completed last amongst all 31 groups with just 39 points in 71 video games, 23 points behind the 30th location Ottawa Senators.
The Red Wings have actually been injured by a break out of COVID-19 as 5 gamers have actually been put in procedure. The bright side is that Robby Fabbri ought to return tonight as he practiced on Tuesday which will provide the Red Wings an extra scoring risk.
Detroit is led by their leading center Dylan Larkin who practiced Tuesday with Fabbri on his left side and Bobby Ryan on the extreme right. Anthony Mantha has actually been moved down to the 2nd line however stays on the leading power play. Filip Zadina is among their increasing stars however he will not play as he is still on hurt reserve in COVID procedure however Jon Merrill, Sam Gagner and Adam Erne are anticipated to come off the hurt list and play after missing out on time with the coronavirus. Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with 5 objectives in 9 video games however he is not anticipated to play as he has actually an upper-body injury
Detroit has lost 6 in a row, albeit 2 remaining in overtime. Filip Hronek is their leading defenseman to enjoy as he quarterbacks the power play.
Thomas Greiss is anticipated to begin for Detroit. He has yet to win in 7 choices, going 0-5-2 with a 3.03 goals-against-average and a .897 conserve portion.
The Lightning are strong all over and even missing out on Nikita Kucherov (off-season hip surgical treatment) the Hart Prize from 2 seasons back, they are still among the very best sides in the NHL.
Steven Stamkos leads the offense with 9 points in 7 video games and is followed carefully by Brayden Point who has 8 points and is among the most underrated gamers in the video game. The duo play together on the very first line with Ondrej Palat while Alex Killorn, Anthony Cirelli and Tyler Johnson provide the Lightning a strong 2nd line.
Victor Hedman leads a protective corps that are among the very best in the NHL. Mikhail Sergachev is on the 3rd system however quarterbacks the 2nd power play while Hedman, the Norris Prize winner in 2017-18 and a seasonal competitor as the NHL’s leading defenseman, quarterbacks the very first system. Hedman likewise won the Conn Smythe Prize last season as the most exceptional gamer in the playoffs.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is a top-three goalie in the NHL and enters into the Detroit video game with a 5-1-1 mark with a 2.14 goals-against-average and a .925 conserve portion.
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Editor’s Note: The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Boston Bruins Wednesday on NBCSN beginning at 8:00 pm ET. Livestream all the action here.
BOSTON AT PHILADELPHIA
The 2 finest groups in the East face off as Philadelphia (7-2-1) plays Boston (6-1-2). I understand that Washington has 15 points, as does the Flyers however Boston has a video game in hand at this time.
Philadephia has actually been led for many years by Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek on offense. Couturier is still out another seven-ten days with a rib injury suffered in the 2nd video game of the season however both Giroux and Voracek stay on the leading line with Nolan Patrick as their center.
Veteran winger James van Riemsdyk is coming off a four-assist night Sunday and leads the team with 13 points. Philadelphia is getting a strong performance from 20-year-old Joel Farabee who has five goals and eight points in 10 games, as well as Travis Konecny, who was a healthy scratch Saturday due to his indifferent play in even strength situations. Konecny also has eight points this season including five goals. Kevin Hayes is also off to a fine start with 10 points as the Flyers have plenty of scoring up front.
The blueline is led by Ivan Provorov who has two goals and six points in 10 games and quarterbacks the first power play. Shayne Gostisbere and Erik Gustafsson will play the points on the 2nd unit and have some offensive upside.
The goaltending chores are expected to be handled by Carter Hart, one of the best young goalies in the NHL. He is off to a bit of a rough start with a 4-1-2 mark, which is good. Unfortunately, his peripherals are not great as he has a 3.34 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. He has been outplayed by backup Brian Elliott who is a perfect 3-0-0 with a 2.22 GAA and a .932 save percentage however Hart is the number one goalie in Philadelphia now and for the long-term.
The Bruins finally got David Pastrnak back and that gives them one of the leading-two first lines in the NHL. Pastrnak was the co-leader last season in goals with 48 and combines with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, to make Boston an extremely tough group to play against. Bergeron is an outstanding defensive center who scores and he is also right at the top among the best faceoff men in the NHL. Marchand is a perennial top-ten scorer with a feisty edge that makes him one of the most despised players among the other 30 teams but much beloved in Boston.
The Bruins have been thrilled with the offensive play of Nick Ritchie to date as he has four goals and eight points in nine games. David Krejci has yet to score but does have seven assists. Jake DeBrusk is questionable with a lower-body injury. Free agent signee Craig Smith has three goals and 5 points in 8 video games.
The blueline was hit with the off-season losses of veterans Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug but Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk seem to have taken over. There is no replacing what the 43-year-old Chara was capable of defensively at six-foot, nine inches and 240 pounds, but the Bruins have managed thus far. Grzelcyk is doubtful due to a lower-body injury so McAvoy will quarterback the power play.
Tuukka Rask has been a top-5 goaltender for years, and should get the start. He is 3-1-1 with a 2.49 GAA and a weak .890 conserve portion.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.