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Preview: Bruins vs. Red Wings 1/18

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Another bottom-of-the-division team to (hopefully) beat.

Can the Bruins push past the Red Wings tonight to stay in the playoff hunt?
Can the Bruins push past the Red Wings tonight to stay in the playoff hunt?
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Just the facts:

Who: the Boston Bruins (23-19-5, 51 points, 2nd in Atlantic, 6th in East)
visit the Detroit Red Wings (19-19-6, 44 points, 7th in Atlantic, 14th in East)

What: A chance for the Bruins to redeem their loss against the lowly Islanders.

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

When: 8:00 PM (Eastern)

How to follow: NBC Sports, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN Site: Winging It In Motown

Detroit Leaders:

Points: Henrik Zetterberg, 31

Goals: Thomas Vanek, 12

Assists: Zetterberg, 22

Shots: Dylan Larkin, 115

Boston Leaders:

Points: Brad Marchand, 43

Goals: David Pastrnak, 19 (STILL. The assists are coming, at least.)

Assists: Marchand, 26; Torey Krug close behind with 24

Shots: Patrice Bergeron, 164

Detroit Notes

Detroit is looking to turn back-to-back wins into a streak after defeating the Montreal Canadiens and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last week.

The Red Wings are in danger of ending their playoff streak this year, and some say they should begin selling. The Wings are sorely missing starter Jimmy Howard, out with an MCL sprain for a bit longer; however, newcomer Jared Coreau has played quite well - better than Petr Mrazek, who stole Howard's starting job last season - and may get the call again tonight.

Tomas Vanek is on FIRE. 9 points in his last six games. If Detroit sells, do the Bruins go for their kryptonite to boost scoring? Could he even score for the Bruins, if he's so good against them? Will time tell? (Hint: PLEEZGAWDNO.)

Bruins Notes

The Bruins' position in the standings is masked heavily by games other teams have in hand. With 47 GP, they're ahead of all the teams in the conference, and the two teams just behind them have many games to make up the difference. Division wins are the most important they've been in recent history, and yes, we're including the last two failed playoff races.

Trade negotiations are starting to simmer, but do they really have to include Brandon Carlo? (Hint: PLEEZGAWDNO.)

Patrice Bergeron still shooting blanks - 18 points on 164 shots?! 5.5% shooting?!?! Something has to spark this guy soon.

Matt Beleskey will travel to Detroit; status uncertain. Watch for the lines post later today... if they even practice. Who practices anymore, anyways?