The 2014 NHL playoffs live stream and TV coverage continues Friday with three games on the schedule, including the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Boston Bruins. Detroit comes into the first round best-of-seven series as a huge underdog vs. the No. 1 overall seeded Bruins. However, if the Red Wings can play as well as they did during the regular season against Boston, this NHL playoff live stream series may be much more interesting than experts think.
According to a Sportsline report on April 18, the Red Wings beat the Bruins three times in their four meetings during the 2013-14 regular season. Surprisingly the President Trophy winning Bruins struggled vs. Wings this season, but the playoffs are a whole different game and essentially a whole new season. Boston and Detroit both know that the regular season means nothing now. All that matters is trying to win 16 more games – and the Stanley Cup.
Boston head coach Claude Julien knows that his team can't take the Red Wings lightly. The Bruins have had some first round struggles over the past few seasons in the playoffs and they don't want to be sent home early after being the No. 1 team in the league.
''I heard about 40 percent of the series are upsets in the first round,'' Boston coach Claude Julien said. ''You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So that certainly makes that first round a challenge.'
Las Vegas odds makers have Boston as a big favorite in Game 1 at -220 with the come back on Detroit at +170. The over/under number for total goals scored is set at 5. Interestingly enough, the playoffs usually see low scoring games compared to the regular season, but after some of the high scoring final scores in last night's action you never now what you will get!
Fans can catch all of the Game 1 action for the Wings vs. Bruins nationally on NBCSN, locally on Fox Sports Detroit and streaming live online through NBC Sports Extra. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. ET.