Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins - Game Two

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Boston’s Game 2 win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Red Wings this season. The Bruins were 2-4 on the power play Sunday and are now 5-10 in their last four games, dating back to the regular season (50%). The Red Wings failed to score on any of their four power play opportunities Sunday and are now 1-19 in their last six games, dating back to the regular season (5.2%). For the series, the Bruins are 2-5 on the power play and the Red Wings are 0-6.

— Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask picked up his 22nd career playoff victory, stopping 34 of 35 shots Sunday. He led all goaltenders during the regular season with a total of 26 starts in which he allowed no more than one goal. Rask has not allowed more than a goal in either playoff game and has a .966 save%. The Finnish goalie also won his second game against the Red Wings this season and first against them since a 4-1 victory in Boston October 5. In his two wins against the Red Wings this season, Rask faced 30.5 shots/game, while only 24.75 in his four losses.

— Since moving from Olympia Arena to Joe Louis Arena in 1979, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups, while making two other trips to the Stanly Cup Final. During their runs to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and 2009, the Red Wings posted a 20-4 home record (83.3 win % — 9-2 in 2008; 11-2 in 2009). But since then, they have gone 10-8 in the last four postseasons at the Joe (55 win %). During the 2013-14 regular season, Detroit had the fewest wins at home of any of the 16 playoff teams, while Boston was 23-12-6 away from home (63.4 pts%), the NHL’s third-best points percentage.

— When losing Game 1 and winning Game 2, Boston has won 12 of those 20 series. Since the Bruins returned to the playoffs in 2007-08, they have been involved in three such series, winning two and dropping the most recent — last year’s Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

— Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara closed the scoring Sunday with a power-play goal, recording his 55th career postseason point, fourth among all active NHL defensemen.

— Through the first two games of each playoff series, every team except for Boston and Detroit had conceded at least 5 goals. Boston, which allowed the second-fewest goals of any team during the regular season (2.08 goals/game) has only allowed two, while Detroit, 16th in the league in goals against per game (2.70), has allowed 4 goals.

— The two coaches in this series are among the winningest coaches in terms of playoff success since 2003.

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— Detroit’s four leading scorers from the regular season — Daniel Alfredsson (49 pts), Niklas Kronwall (49 pts), Gustav Nyquist (48 pts), and Henrik Zetterberg (48 pts), who is out with a back injury — have yet to register a point in this series. While the three veterans have well-established postseason careers, Nyquist has yet to make such an impact in the playoffs. The 24-year-old forward, who closed the season with 24 points in 24 games since the Olympic break, has 5 points in 20 career playoff games.

Raanta rewards Rangers for starts over Lundqvist by blanking Blackhawks

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 15: Goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers shares a laugh with teammate Antti Raanta #32 after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 7-2 in NHL action on November 15, 2016 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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If someone told you that the New York Rangers started a goalie on back-to-back nights, and that goalie wasn’t Henrik Lundqvist, you’d probably wonder if he was hurt or retired.

Nope. It just so happens that Antti Raanta is playing at an incredibly high level, Alain Vigneault noticed, and that decision paid dividends on Friday night. Raanta won both nights of a back-to-back, allowing a single goal (with the Rangers protecting him, being that he only needed to stop 43 of 44 shots during that span).

Raanta and the Rangers blanked the Chicago Blackhawks with a 1-0 overtime win, at least briefly climbing to first place in the massively competitive Metro Division:

1. Rangers – 39 points in 29 games played
2. Penguins- 37 points in 27 GP
3. Blue Jackets – 36 points in 25 GP
4. Capitals – 35 points in 26 GP
5. Flyers – 35 points in 29 GP

Nick Holden ended up scoring the only goal of the game:

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks lost but at least salvaged a standings point and it seems like Patrick Kane is OK after this injury scare:

Raanta improved to 7-1-0 on the season, allowing two goals or less in all but one of his appearances so far this season. That’s the kind of work you’d expect to see if you’re going sit a guy who’s, you know, a living legend.

Blue Jackets remain in thick of things in Metro on tough night for Red Wings

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 01:  Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the go ahead goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 1, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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As the Columbus Blue Jackets keep rolling, the Detroit Red Wings are probably just happy to get Friday behind them.

For the second straight game, the Blue Jackets beat their opponent 4-1.

They’re now on a five-game winning streak, and like the climbing St. Louis Blues, things look great if you go back a little further. They’re 10-1-2 in their last 13 games and 13-2-3 since November began.

Columbus is now at 16-5-4, giving them 36 standings points. They’re once again in breathing distance of leading the Metro Division when you consider games in hand.

Update: Here’s how the standings look after the Rangers beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime:

1. Rangers – 39 points in 29 games played
2. Penguins- 37 points in 27 GP
3. Blue Jackets – 36 points in 25 GP
4. Capitals – 35 points in 26 GP
5. Flyers – 35 points in 29 GP

That’s a stout division, and the Blue Jackets remain shockingly effective. Then again, with results like these over and over again, it might be time to merely expect such impressive work.

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For Detroit, it was a rough night. Jonathan Ericsson couldn’t play, Mike Green was a little banged up and Petr Mrazek was pulled for Jimmy Howard. This goal summarized some of their struggles:

Blues blaze through Devils, even in New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Brad Hunt #77, Robby Fabbri #15 and Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues celebrate Fabri's first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 9, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Devils have been incredibly difficult to beat at home. Lately, the St. Louis Blues have been on a roll just about anywhere.

On Friday night, the Blues were the hotter team, handing the Devils their first home loss in regulation in 2016-17. And it wasn’t particularly close, with St. Louis winning 4-1.

It’s a convenient time to note that the Blues rank among the hottest teams in the NHL. Most recently, they’re 5-1-1 in their last seven games, but they’ve been especially impressive since they flirted with .500 at 7-6-3. Beginning with a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 15, the Blues are on a 8-2-1 tear.

This leaves them second in the Central with a 16-8-4 record.

That’s impressive stuff.

This 4-1 win was quite the showcase for Robby Fabbri and Vladimir Tarasenko, in particular. Tarasenko collected three assists while Fabbri scored two goals on Friday night. His second goal was particularly slick:

The Blues are right in saying that this was a pretty fitting opportunity to drop a “Holy Jumpin.”

Oh yeah, don’t forget about Jake Allen, either.

Leon Draisaitl continues hot streak with silky smooth goal (Video)

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Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has been the most difficult goalies to score against this season. Leave it to a high-level player like Leon Draisaitl to make it look this, well, “easy.”

Draisaitl scored his 13th goal of 2016-17 by capping this pretty give-and-go play with Benoit Pouliot. You can see the frustration from Dubnyk at the end of the tally, as if he was saying “How was I supposed to stop that?” (though probably with more colorful language).

Draisaitl came into Friday with five goals and three assists in his last five games, so he’s been almost unstoppable lately.

Read more about his rise here.

Update: The Wild were able to shake off that goal, ultimately beating the Oilers 3-2 via a shootout.