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Game starts just after 7:30pm ET
via Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
TV: NBCSN, TVA, SN360, NESN, FS-D
Season series: The Boston Bruins scored twice on the power play and twice shorthanded in a 5-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on March 8. Bruins forward Daniel Paille scored twice, including one shorthanded, and goalie Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves.
Bruins team scope: Right wing Brett Connolly (finger), acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 2 but has yet to play with the Bruins, practiced Wednesday and is probable, according to CSSNE.com. The Bruins lead the Ottawa Senators by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Forward Milan Lucic scored with 1:09 left in regulation in a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday to give the Bruins their third straight win. The Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak line played a big part; Pastrnak scored the equalizer 10:33 into the third. Spooner (14 points) and Pastrnak (12 points) led the Bruins in scoring in March. After missing five weeks with a partial MCL tear, forward David Krejci is slowly regaining his form as his ice time has increased in each of the past five games. He was centering Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson at practice on Wednesday.
Red Wings team scope: The Red Wings lost forward Drew Miller when he sustained two deep lacerations around his right eye in the first period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. He was at practice Wednesday wearing a plastic guard below his visor and is questionable. Detroit was also without forwards Pavel Datsyuk (undisclosed), Riley Sheahan (upper body) and Erik Cole (upper body); a decision on all three will be made after the morning skate Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Sheahan has missed three straight games and Datsyuk had played the past two after missing the previous five with a lower-body injury. The Red Wings are in third place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the Bruins.
via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Interesting to see Hall of Famer Mark Howe in the press box.
Howe is a scout for the playoff-bound Red Wings. Of course, both teams he was watching at First Niagara Center on Wednesday night have long been eliminated from the postseason.
Given the Red Wings interest in Dion Phaneuf prior to the trade deadline, might he have been in the house to scout the Leafs captain?
Just throwing it out there.
Forget everything that has gone wrong in the past few weeks, take a deep breath, and start over. Tonight, we will be taking care of business. I don't care who the opponent is.
All I want to see this week, is an "x", meaning clinched a playoff spot next to the Detroit Red Wings name, breathe a sigh of relief, and continue into the Second Season.
The only way that happens is by taking care of business from here on out.
Get it done! Whatever it takes!
George Malik has a complete preview of tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.
Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen has the question of the morning.
Game notes are below...
Who starts in goal tomorrow or maybe the better question is who will be in net when the game ends against the Senators?
Both goalies look frail, lost at times and unable to come up with a big stop when needed.
Personally I have to think Jimmy Howard starts on Tuesday in order to give the Wings the best chance to win.
What a difference a day makes 'eh? So, I'm inclined toward keeping this on the positive.
A special thanks to MO for being a game saver/lucky charm. Here's to the beginning of a nice run.
Time to grab two more important points.
George Malik of The Malik Report has an extensive preview of today's game between the Wings and Islanders.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
It's almost April, and only two Detroit Red Wings have scored more goals than Justin Abdelkader.
Who could have predicted that?
Abdelkader scored his 23rd goal in Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Joe Louis Arena.
The grinding, physical forward continues to build on a breakout season. He has more than doubled his previous career-high in goals (10) and has been particularly hot of late, with a goal in four consecutive games and 10 goals in his past 13 games.
"As a player I just feel more confident out there," Abdelkader said. "This league is a tough league to come in as a young player. Just kind of figuring out my game, then I got an opportunity a few years back during the lockout year to play with Pav (Datsyuk). Getting more ice time there, getting some power play time.
"Anytime you see the puck going in for you it gives you confidence and you feel better when it's on your stick. When I get the chances I'm just bearing down. I feel confident with the puck and I'm making good shots."
I guess this is the time of the season where we build character because we haven't been doing much else of late. The Wings have hit a bit of a rough patch lately, and, I think I can safely say the 19 have had enough of meaningless words to last the rest of the season.
Of course there is a cure for what ails, and that is winning. It's a great morale booster. I'm going positive here cause there is nowhere else left to go but up.
Let's get 'er done!
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
A win would help the Red Wings in several ways. It would relieve some pressure following a 3-7-1 stretch that has raised concerns about their goaltending. It would prevent Ottawa and Boston, clubs that are five points behind them in the Atlantic Division, from creeping closer. And it would be a much-needed boost of confidence against the highest-scoring team in the NHL.
more on today's game...
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