The Boston Bruins will crack open their second newfangled Atlantic Division matchup in as many games when they host the Detroit Red Wings this Saturday night. It will be their first of four regular-season meetings with the Western-to-Eastern Conference transfer and their fellow Original Six franchise in 2013-14.
Here is one cut-and-dry method of measuring the drastic shift in dynamic that comes with Detroit entering Boston’s conference, let alone division. The past four clashes between these franchises spanned between Nov. 3, 2009 and Nov. 25, 2011, a stretch of 752 days.
Conversely, with their paths set to cross on Oct. 5, Oct. 14, Nov. 27 and April 2, the Bruins and Red Wings will conduct their next four showdowns in a matter of 180 days.
Translation: Boston buffs and Detroit devotees alike might as well get to know the present incarnations of these two storied franchises. As it happens, both parties present a host of common intangible and positional threads that ought to be at the forefront of their season series.
Here are the three threads worth remembering the most as the Bruins and Red Wings not only meet with more regularity, but also join six other teams in a footrace for divisional supremacy.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via NHL.com