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Talking Points from Bruins' 4-2 loss to Red Wings: Boston suffers worst loss yet

Talking Points from Bruins' 4-2 loss to Red Wings: Boston suffers worst loss yet

GOLD STAR: Robby Fabbri scored a pair of power-play goals after the Bruins committed penalties in the offensive zone. In both instances, Fabbri was playing the bumper position in the slot and blasted away from the open spot once the Red Wings power play had worked the puck over to him.

Fabbri finished with the two goals on two shots in 13:15 of ice time, and it had to feel good for the Red Wings forward after he was traded yesterday from the reigning Cup champion St. Louis Blues. It sure felt like Detroit was getting the better of the deal before the two players started suiting up for their new teams, and now it’s already playing out that way just one game in for Fabbri. Both scoring shots from the slot were pretty good ones.

BLACK EYE: The top line took a couple of offensive zone penalties that led to power-play goals, and Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak all finished a minus-2 for the night in a loss where they weren’t at their best. It remains to be seen if Bergeron is going to get awarded the power-play goal that the Bruins scored at the end of the second period where it looked like he redirected a point blast from Torey Krug.

As it is right now, the Bruins only get a single assist from Pastrnak in the game as the Perfection Line has been effectively bottled up for long stretches in the last couple of games against the Red Wings and Habs. Still, the worst part of the entire loss was that the Bruins didn’t even seem willing to start playing dedicated, hard-working hockey until about 30 minutes into this game.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins scored the game’s first goal little more than a minute into the proceedings when David Krejci launched a shot past Jonathan Bernier, and perhaps they thought it was going to be all downhill skiing after that.

Whatever the case, they didn’t bring the proper intensity and effort to beat any NHL team and dug a 3-1 hole for themselves against a Red Wings team that’s been terrible over the first month plus of the season. About halfway through, they finally got the compete level up when Brad Marchand started stirring it up against the Red Wings, but it was too late by that point already down by a couple of goals.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Krejci was pretty strong for the Bruins while not having much company on the roster in the loss. Krejci finished with the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the proceedings and was Boston’s only multi-point scorer in 18:22 of ice time. Krejci also finished with five shot attempts, a hit, a blocked shot and 9-of-17 face-off wins in providing enough offense from his No. 2 center spot. In fact, Krejci has been very good offensively since coming back from his upper-body injury and has been steadily providing offense even when he’s seen young guys like Peter Cehlarik and Danton Heinen on his wings like on Friday night.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4-1-0 – the record for the Red Wings against the Bruins in their last five games against each other while Detroit has been awful over the last few seasons.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was probably a tough one to watch from the stands. It’s tough when you’re chasing it, especially down by two goals.” –Tuukka Rask, on NESN about the Bruins 4-2 loss to the Red Wings where they didn’t get it going consistently.

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NHL odds: Bruins fall behind two teams in post-trade deadline Stanley Cup oods

NHL odds: Bruins fall behind two teams in post-trade deadline Stanley Cup oods

The Boston Bruins were surrounded by trade rumors ahead of the 2020 NHL trade deadline. But in the end, they only made a couple of moves.

The team traded with the Anaheim Ducks twice. The first time, they acquired winger Ondrej Kase in exchange for David Backes' contract, prospect Axel Andersson, and a 2020 first-round pick.

In the second trade, the Bruins swapped Danton Heinen for Nick Ritchie, brother of the Bruins' failed free-agent signing from the 2019 offseason, Brett Ritchie.

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Overall, these deals should have an impact on the Bruins, as getting some scoring and physicality should benefit them. However, their odds to win the Stanley Cup have not changed much at all in wake of these moves.

Last time we checked in with the Bruins, they were +750 to win the cup. Now, they clock in at +700, the third-best odds according to Jeff Sherman of SuperBook USA.

It's also worth noting that the Bruins had the same odds on the morning of the trade deadline, according to Sherman.

So what does this mean? Essentially, the Heinen-Ritchie trade doesn't hurt nor help the Bruins in the eyes of oddsmakers. Of course, it's also worth noting that no teams aside from the Vegas Golden Knights or Dallas Stars saw their odds change from morning until night, so perhaps a change will be coming in the next few days.

For the time being, the Bruins are still one of the Stanley Cup favorites. But they're still behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and given that the Lightning are red-hot and added Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow ahead of the deadline, the Bruins may continue to trail them in this category for the rest of the season.

That said, the Bruins are a good value at +700 considering that they continue to lead the NHL in points. But getting the St. Louis Blues at +1000 may be the best value out there. The defending champs are on a four-game winning streak and have one of the most balanced teams in the Western Conference.

David Krejci gives his first impressions of new Bruins RW Ondrej Kase

David Krejci gives his first impressions of new Bruins RW Ondrej Kase

It's not yet known when newly acquired forward Ondrej Kase will make his Boston Bruins debut, but he took part in his first practice with the team Monday at Warrior Ice Arena.

Kase skated at right wing on the second line alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. It could be a preview of the 24-year-old's role with the Bruins, who have been looking for a permanent fixture to Krejci's right throughout the season.

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One of the Bruins' primary needs ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline was adding scoring depth, and specifically a second-line right winger. Kase, if healthy, is talented enough to fill that role, and Krejci came away impressed by what he saw from the newest Bruin after their first practice together.

"He's fast. He can score," Krejci told reporters. "Hopefully, he'll fit in well and help the team."

"You kind of have to adjust your game a little bit, but you have to get a feel for each other," Krejci added. "You've got to be on the same page with the breakouts, neutral zone. He's a right-handed shot, so -- I'm not sure what's going to happen (Tuesday vs. the Flames) -- but it's always nice to have a right-handed shot on your line."

One reason why Kase is a good fit with Krejci is the speedy winger shoots a lot. He's tallied 135 shots on goal in 49 games, putting him on pace to shatter his career high of 146 SOG in 2017-18. The young forward is due for some puck luck, too, as his 5.2 shooting percentage indicates. This number is well below his career average, but the good news is he's likely to get higher quality scoring chances playing alongside a talented playmaker of Krejci's caliber.

Kase was acquired by the Bruins on Friday in a trade that sent David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round pick to the Anaheim Ducks. Giving up the first-round pick was more to dump Backes' terrible contract than to acquire Kase.

The Bruins also acquired Kase's Ducks teammate Nick Ritchie on Monday in a deal that sent Danton Heinen to Anaheim. Ritchie gives the Bruins a little more size and toughness in the bottom-six, but the real benefit to that trade was the salary cap space (about $1.3 million) the Boston gained.

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