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Bruins-Red Wings: Probable Lines, Pairings, Goalies

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Who's in? Who's out? Who's in net?

Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

No morning skate for the Bruins today, and Detroit's was optional. Therefore, we're working with what was last saw for both teams.

Detroit Lines:

Justin Abelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Brad Richards

Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar

Andreas Athanasiou - Luke Gledening - Tomas Jurco

I think the best way to describe this group would be "jack of all trades, master of none." Obviously Datsyuk and Zetterberg have had HoF-caliber careers, but this seasons seen Zetterberg drop to 48 Points in 80 games and Datstyuk miss 16 games with injury (while also scoring 48 points). In what's a testament to the stretches of brilliance both are still capable of and the down year Detroit's offense is having, Datsyuk and Zetterberg still lead the team in points. For Goals, it's Dylan Larkin (23-22-45), Tomas Tatar (21-24-45), Justin Abelkader (18-23-41), and Gustav Nyquist (17-25-42).

Detroit D-Pairings:

Danny Dekeyser - Kyle Quincey

Niklas Kronwall - Alexey Marchenko

Jonathan Ericsson - Mike Green

This might be "nine of all trades, master of none," especially after Detroit unloaded the surprisingly-solid Jakub Kindl on the Florida Panthers near the deadline. Green (7-27-34) and Kronwall (3-23-26) retain their good & reasonable puck-moving abilities, respectively, but there's no true standout here.

And yes, the Bruins Defense has been a 2-7 off-suit all year, I know.

And In Net:

It seemed very likely that Petr Mrazek (.920) would get the start, what with grabbing the lion's share of playing time this season and Jimmy Howard having just faced Philadelphia last night, but, for whatever reason (and Mrazek has had some injury trouble, Howard will be starting. As the link notes, the former UMaine goalie has posted a .930 in his career against Boston.

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Bruins Lines:

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Lee Stempniak

Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano - Ryan Spooner - Loui Eriksson

Maxime Talbot - Noel Acciardi - Landon Ferraro

A lot of this comes down to guesswork, what with no morning skate and Claude flipping the line-up blender on a couple times of late. That said, Brett Connolly and Chris Kelly skated, but no word on either being ready. Jimmy Hayes is day-to-day, possibly banged up in his recent fight, so it'd make sense if Talbot's recall means he's replacing him.

If ever there was a time for the Bruins offense to break out in another six-goal explosion, now would be the time.

Bruins D-Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Kevan Miller

John-Michael Liles - Colin Miller

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

That's probably as good as we're going to get in the interim. I actually really like the Liles-C.Miller combo, just think it would've been nice if they'd had more time to develop a rapport. Anyway, it's the Bruins, so cross your fingers and get out your rabbit's foot or religious totem or whatever.

And In Net:

Nothing confirmed, but it should be Tuukka Rask, with Jonas Gustavsson in reserve in case our defense runs our own starting goalie too many times.

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See you all at 7 PM EST!