Habs won’t dress Weise vs. Bruins

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Milan Lucic won’t tangle with his old buddy Dale Weise on Thursday night.

Weise, who was the subject of Lucic’s verbal sparring after last year’s second-round defeat of Boston, is being held out of the lineup for the second time this season (Weise was dropped from the lineup for last Thursday’s game in Washington as well).

Based on warmups, it looks as though Travis Moen will take the fourth-line winger role instead. Moen’s last game, not coincidentally, was the Washington game in which Weise was parked.

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Video: Bruins earn ‘real tough win’ against Red Wings

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The losing streak the Boston Bruins had been mired in early on in this regular season ended Wednesday.

It was just a three-game skid, but certainly not a great start for a team that has been a dominant force in the Eastern Conference since the 2011 playoffs. Certainly enough for Bruins’ fans to get worried about.

The Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout, giving them their second win of the young season. David Krejci and Reilly Smith scored the only two goals in the deciding skills competition. Had it not been for the play of Detroit’s goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 37 saves, the Bruins could’ve easily had two points locked up in regulation.

“That was a real tough win, but a win we deserved,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said afterward. “It’s probably the best game we’ve played to this point, but Howard played very well.”

Gustav Nyquist, who now has three goals in three games to begin the season, scored the tying goal for Detroit in the third period, picking the corner on a perfect wrist shot that beat Tuukka Rask.

And, in one of the stranger plays of the evening, Boston assistant coach Doug Houda took a puck off the top of the head. He was attended to and received stitches, but returned to the Bruins bench.

Even Boston’s coaches are tough.

Video: Bruins assistant coach Houda takes a puck to the head

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Even the Boston Bruins coaches are tough.

Bruins’ assistant coach Doug Houda took a puck to the top of the head while on the bench during the second period of Wednesday’s rivalry game against the Detroit Red Wings. After going down the tunnel with a towel on his head and getting worked on by a member of the training staff, Houda returned to the bench. He had several stitches, too.

Hey, this is hockey, right?

Gagne to make Bruins debut on fourth line

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From CSN New England, ahead of tonight’s Bruins-Red Wings game in Detroit (on NBCSN):

It looks like the fourth line will be the only one tweaked by the Boston Bruins as they head into Joe Louis Arena for the start of a three-game road trip starting in Hockeytown. Newly-signed Simon Gagne will make his debut on the right wing along with Ryan Spooner and Daniel Paille, and give the Bruins an interesting look with the speed and skill element.

Gagne will replace Jordan Caron, who was sent to AHL Providence after Monday’s 2-1 loss to Colorado.

The Bruins, with just four goals in four games, are expected to ice the following lines and D pairings tonight:

Lucic-Krejci-Griffith
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Spooner-Gagne

Chara-Hamilton
Bartkowski-Seidenberg
Krug-McQuaid

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NHL on NBCSN: Bruins, Red Wings look for a spark (and some offense)

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena at 8 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings come into Wednesday’s game with remarkably similar viewpoints about how they need to improve upon sluggish starts to the 2014-15 season.

“I think our group’s been more than fine,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock told MLive.com on Monday. ” … We just got to keep grinding and getting better, but I’m happy with the way we played.”

“Our record is pretty bad . . . 1-3. I thought we played a decent game last game. If we play like that [against the Red Wings] and put some pucks in the net then we’ll come out with the win,” David Krejci told CSNNE.com. “We just need to play the same way, crash the net and get a win. It’s a bad record, but this road trip could help us get back on track.”

While the Bruins must clearly be in a more uncomfortable state of mind – Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith admitted as much – both teams seem like they’re unhappy with only producing four goals this season (even if Detroit’s came in two games versus four for Boston).

Each squad is also dealing with some substantial inconveniences when it comes to injuries, but don’t expect these common threads to make the two teams chummy tonight.

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a $10,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Wednesday night’s NHL games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $1,000. Starts Wednesday at 8pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Recent history

On one hand, the Red Wings have gotten the best of the Bruins quite a bit lately. The most obvious example is last Thursday’s 2-1 win against Boston, a very much grinding victory as both teams combined for just 38 shots on goal. As MLive.com notes, Detroit is 8-1-0 with a 29-15 scoring differential against the Bruins in nine games since 2009-10.

Of course, most would agree that the B’s still have some serious bragging rights considering the fact that they dispatched the Red Wings from the first round of the 2014 playoffs in just five games.

Boston looks for answers

Bruins head coach Claude Julien admitted to CSNNE.com that the team is still “experimenting” to get the right mix together. Adding Simon Gagne to the mix provides more options, but also more variables.

“We’ve got some young guys in different places, so there are still opportunities there,” Julien said. “We’ll hopefully put that puzzle together to the extent that we really like it at some point, but I think we’re still experimenting. Sometimes you have to do that as a team. Just because you have training camp doesn’t mean you have all the answers. We’re trying to get those answers.”

Considering the veteran players and coaches on both sides, it must be strange to ponder the Bruins and Red Wings searching for answers. Maybe tonight’s game will prove at least one of these teams with a few breakthroughs?