Bruins to face Red Wings in first round

BOSTON -- The top-seeded Boston Bruins will face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, beginning later this week with times and dates to be determined.

This will be the first time since 1957 the Bruins will face the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup playoffs, ending the second-longest postseason drought among Original Six teams. This season, Detroit has a 3-1-0 record against the Bruins.

Boston defeated Detroit 4-1 on Oct. 5, but the Red Wings have won three straight against the Bruins, outscoring them 12-5 in that span.

The Bruins clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the best regular-season record in the league with their win Saturday, which secures home-ice advantage for the entire postseason. The Red Wings finished with the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Each team plays its final regular-season game on Sunday.