Bruins’ first-round playoff opponent sparks many reasons to worry

 I’m worried…and I’m not afraid to say it.

I think the Boston Bruins first-round matchup with the Detroit Red Wings is about the worst matchup they could get.

Sometimes it stinks to finish number one.

I’m not saying the B’s can’t beat the Wings in a best-of-7 series, I’m saying this one is going to be close…and here’s why.

1. A contrast in styles. The B’s are physical. The Wings skate fast. Over seven games which one wins out?

2. Detroit has been in playoff mode for a month. The Red Wings came from 10 points back in the standings to grab the final wildcard spot. Are they worn down or are they peaking?

3. The Wings are getting injured players back – Pavel Datsyuk and maybe Henrik Zetterberg later in the series. For the B’s, what about Daniel Paille? Seidenberg? McQuiad? Is Bergeron OK?

4. The only team in the NHL to beat the Bruins three times this year – the Detroit Red Wings.

5. Is there anyone hotter in the league than Gustav Nyquist? Well, maybe Patrice Bergeron.

6. Speaking of Nyquist…if he scores or if Jimmy Howard makes a great save…what are we to do in Black Bear/Bruins country?

7. One stat I do like with this matchup…the Bruins have the top 4 Krejci (39), Bergeron (38), Marchand (36), Iginla (34) in plus/minus. The Wings best is No. 69 in the league — Nyquist (14).

ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:                                                                               

— Got to admit Detroit’s home rink nickname is better than the B’s…The Gahden! or The Joe!

— Hard to believe…the last time the Bruins and Red Wings met in the Stanley Cup playoffs – 1957. I remember it well since it was the year of my birth!  (B’s won the semi-final series 4-games to 1.)

— 1957…Detroit had a 21-year-old kid named Johnny Bucyk. Yep, the same Johnny Bucyk played 2 years in Detroit before coming to Boston and becoming “The Chief.”

— The Red Wings also had guys named Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Glenn Hall and Alex Delvecchio.

— The Bruins had Don McKenney, Real Chevrefils and Leo Labine…don’t ask me how the B’s won.

— And while we are on the 1957 topic…it was the year the Wham-O company produced the first Frisbee…the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that baseball is the only antitrust exempt pro sport…Chicago Cubs pitchers walked 9 batters in one inning…the TV show “I Love Lucy” last aired on CBS (amazing you can still see it on some channel today)…Ford introduced the Edsel…Celtic Bill Russell hauled down 49 rebounds in a game against Philly.

Buckle up and get ready for a great series 57 years in the making…live coverage comes your way on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket!