DETROIT -- This isn't exactly the Red Wings team the Bruins expected to be welcoming into the Eastern Conference this season. Detroit has been struggling of late, and now will face the Bruins Wednesday night without Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.
Detroit comes into the matchup having gone 2-3-5 in its last 10 games.
But that doesn't mean the Bruins expect an easy game, especially not in Joe Louis Arena. Though in a strange twist, the Red Wings have actually been worse at home than on the road this season, with a 4-4-6 record in Detroit and a 7-3-1 record on the road.
"I don’t think you ever take those guys lightly," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "They’ve always been a good, competitive team. It’s just a matter of time before they start winning their fair share of games. They always play us well.
"I don’t think there’s been any reason before and still to this day to take a team lightly. There never is in this league, but they’ve got enough of a reputation that we know better than to go out there and assume that because they are wounded, they’ve got some injuries, that it’s going to be an easy night for us."
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)
Records: Bruins 16-6-2, Red Wings 11-7-7
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Notes: The Bruins will be without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg again; Julien declared him out for the game. But Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision. Both defensemen participated with the team in the morning skate. Miller will get another game if McQuaid is out. ... This is already the third time (of four) the Bruins and Red Wings will face off this season, with each team winning once so far ... The referees for the game are Dan O'Halloran and Frederick L'Ecuyer. The linesmen are Steve Barton and Steve Miller.