Before the Blackhawks faced the Kings in the Western Conference Finals last season, the Red Wings took Chicago to seven games before bowing out, putting a scare into the eventual Stanley Cup champions. Now, with realignment, the Red Wings have moved east — and have become a significant stumbling block as the Bruins attempt to defend their Eastern Conference title.
“I think they’re an elite team,” coach Claude Julien said. “They always have been.
“They’re a good, experienced team. They’re a smart team, they play a good, smart game. That’ll certainly bring an element of an even bigger challenge for all the teams in our conference right now to add them in there.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.