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Preview: Red Wings at Bruins

Detroit is out of the playoff picture, and just lost to Toronto last night.

Ohh, THERE's the puck.
Ohh, THERE's the puck.
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Just the facts:

Who: the Detroit Red Wings (25-28-11, 61 points, 8th in Atlantic, 16th in East)
visit the Boston Bruins (34-25-6, 74 points, 3rd in Atlantic, 7th in East)

What: A regroup for the Bruins against a non-playoff team.

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: 8:00 PM

How to follow: NBC Sports, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN Site: Winging It In Motown

Red Wings Leaders:

Points: Henrik Zetterberg, 53

Goals: Tomas Tatar, 15

Assists: Zetterberg, 39

Shots: Zetterberg, 150

Bruins Leaders:

Brad Marchand, 30G - 38A - 68 Points

Shots: Patrice Bergeron, 241

Game Notes

  • An interesting note that the only players to lace 'em up in all 66 games so far are Marchand, Dominic Moore, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo.
  • Ryan Spooner will probably sit out tonight, as he's been diagnosed with a concussion after Monday's game against Ottawa. Austin Czarnik was recalled, and we'll likely see ANOTHER new-look third line today at the skate. Czarnik, following his injury, has scored 8 points in 7 games in the AHL.
  • Detroit nearly clawed back from a 3-0 deficit against Toronto last night, so if the Bruins sleep on this team, they're going to lose. Gustav Nyquist, fresh off his suspension, scored both Wings goals - one with 30ish seconds to go in the second period, and about 30ish seconds into the third period.
  • Speaking of last night, Detroit struggled to get shots on net in the second period and are playing the second game of a back-to-back, while the B's were able to rest yesterday. This should help their chances.
  • The New York Islanders also won last night, so the Bruins' small cushion over playoff-hungry teams has all but evaporated. A Wings win tonight would open the door for Toronto to catch and pass Boston, and if the Islanders keep pace, they'd hold onto the second Wild Card seat. It's gonna be a stressful 16 games, folks.

Never Forget:

Earlier this season, the Bruins traded goals with Detroit before getting the OT winner from David Pastrnak. Let's not send this one to OT, fellas. My heart just can't take it.