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Red Wings (41-28-11) at Bruins (41-30-9) Preview: Beyond Thunderdome

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This is not an opportunity the Bruins can afford to miss.

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After all the highs and lows of one of the most herky-jerky Boston Bruins regular seasons in recently, the 81st game of the year is essentially it - the B's either take advantage of a tired Detroit Red Wings team that just played last night in blanking the Philadelphia Flyers and grind out a win, or they're extremely likely to head home early, having collapsed in late March & April for the second straight season. Win, and the Bruins still have a fairly good shot. Lose, and the B's have to hope for Philly to collect less points in three games than the Bruins do in one.

Just The Facts:

Records: Detroit: 41-28-11, 93 Points in 80 Games, 3rd in the Atlantic and 6th in the East. Boston is 41-30-9, 91 Points in 80 Games, 4th in the Atlantic and 9th in the East.

Home/Away/L10: Detroit is 19-15-5 on the road, and I am very tired of typing the Boston Bruins' home record this season (it's 16-17-6, if you must know). Detroit is  6-4-0 in their last ten,  Boston is 2-7-1.

Head-to-Head: The Bruins have won two out of three, with both victories coming in November. Detroit won the last match-up, in Detroit in Feb., 6-5.

How/When To Watch:

Where: Thunderdome/TD Garden

When: 7 PM, EST

TV: NESN+ iif you're in New England, apparently, NESN, FS-D, TVA Sports, NHL.tv

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Game Notes:

  • I could a bunch more, but this was covered above: the Bruins need to win this damn game. Detroit can clinch a playoff berth with any kind of win tonight.
  • Detroit is on the second half of a back-to-back, and, with Jimmy Howard having played yesterday, it's likely we see Petr Mrazek in  the opposing net. Tuukka Rask should start for Boston.
  • In Case You Missed It, Maxime Talbot's been recalled on an emergency basis. We'll keep an eye on the Bruins morning skate updates, so check back to see how the lines are shuffled a bit later.
  • Collin Miller played 12:45 in his return to the line-up on Tuesday, and it's likely he slots in again, given this:

The Bruins have one last chance to make this race far too interesting for Detroit and Philly -- let's hope they take advantage of it.