The Detroit Red Wings must be happy their season series with the Boston Bruins is over.
Marchand has tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his last six games versus the Red Wings. He’s totaled 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 24 career meetings with Detroit.
Not only did Marchand score half of Boston’s goals Tuesday, he also assisted on both of Torey Krug’s goals. Marchand has been on fire this season offensively. He’s now up to 66 points through 51 games, giving him a 1.29 points per game scoring rate that ranks fourth-best in the NHL.
Injuries have hit the Bruins hard of late. Veteran center Patrice Bergeron (foot fracture), defenseman Charlie McAvoy (MCL sprain) and netminder Tuukka Rask (undisclosed injury) all were unavailable for Tuesday’s tilt with the Red Wings.
These injuries have come at a tough time in the Bruins’ schedule, but with Marchand scoring at this pace, it might not matter if they’re at full strength.
Here are some other notes from Bruins vs. Red Wings:
— The B’s have a tough schedule upcoming. There are 34 more days until the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Bruins don’t have back-to-back days off during that stretch. Boston also has just eight home games remaining, along with 11 road contests left. Luckily for the Bruins, they are 13-3-2 in their last 18 games away from TD Garden.
— The Bruins now have 90 points, six behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. Boston does have three games in hand on Tampa Bay, though.
— Anton Khudobin didn’t play his best game Tuesday, but he did make 30 saves and picked up his eighth win in his last 12 games. Since Dec. 15, the Bruins’ backup goalie is 8-2-2 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
— The B’s power play had been scoreless in six straight games entering last Thursday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. But over the last three games, the B’s have scored six goals on the man advantage, including two against the Red Wings.
— Krug has a four-game point streak after picking up four points (two goals, two assists) Tuesday. He has three goals and seven assists during the streak.
— Bruins rookie forward Jake DeBrusk scored a first-period goal versus the Red Wings to extend his own point streak to four games. He has tallied two goals and three assists in that span.
— The Bruins wore special St. Patrick’s Day-themed jerseys during their on-ice warmup.
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