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Red Wings-Bruins game-day articles: Howard starts; ‘if the Bruins win’ scenarios

Of Red Wings-related note ahead of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Bruins (7 PM EDT start on FSD in Michigan/NESN Plus in Massachusetts/NBSN elsewhere/TVA Sports in Canada/97.1 FM), which involved little to no morning skate for either team:

MLive's Ansar Khan confirmed...

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Playoff ‘ifs’ from Boston

From CBS Boston's Michael Hurley:

Obviously, the significance of Thursday night’s tilt at the Garden can’t be overstated. If the Bruins beat the Red Wings, they’ll draw even in the standings, but they won’t have the tiebreaker (regulation/overtime wins). However, if the Bruins then went on to beat the Senators and if the Red Wings lost to the Rangers on Saturday, then the Bruins would magically leapfrog Detroit and earn that final playoff spot in the Atlantic.

However, that’s where our *asterisk* comes into play.

The Rangers are currently holding on to the final spot in the Metropolitan Division, a mere two points ahead of the Islanders. But the Rangers may actually prefer sliding out of that spot and into the first wild-card position, because doing so would result in the Rangers getting adopted for the first two rounds by the Atlantic. With Steven Stamkos out for the foreseeable future, the prospect of dealing with Tampa Bay and Florida (and either Detroit or Boston) would seemingly be preferable to having to deal with the Capitals before the Eastern Conference Final. So, come Saturday afternoon, Detroit may be playing to earn a playoff spot, while the Rangers may be playing to lose.

With that being understood, the chances of the Bruins actually beating out Detroit for that spot remain very, very slim.

Hurley continues...

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Red Wings-Bruins morning skate Tweets and articles: B’s don’t skate, Wings ‘take an optional’

Updated 4x at 11:56 AM: The Detroit Red Wings enter tonight's game against the Boston Bruins (7 PM EDT start on FSD in Michigan/NESN Plus in Massachusetts/NBCSN or TVA Sports everywhere else/97.1 FM) running on all cylinders, and coming off a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday evening:

The Chief has the playoff scenarios down for the Wings, and if the Wings win in any fashion, they're in; if the Wings lose, it gets a little complicated.

The Bruins...well, two of them...took to the ice first at the TD Garden, per the Bruins...

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Nichols: Darren Dreger talks about Pavel Datsyuk

From Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot:

Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.

On how Detroit Red Wings fans were chanting, ‘One more year! One more year!’ for Pavel Datsyuk last night, and if he’ll give it to them:

“Well, it’s certainly up in the air. I feel like he will, and that’s just based on some of the intel that I’m getting from the Detroit Red Wings. I know that they’re not grilling Pavel Datsyuk game in and game out, week in and week out, to see whether or not he’s going to honor the final week of his contract. They hope and believe that he will, and they have no reason to think that he’s not going to do that.

“But what has been reported has been rumored for quite some time. Not just this season, but the past couple of seasons. ‘Is this the year that Pavel Datsyuk maybe doesn’t come back for family reasons and other reasons.’

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Morning news: Extended highlights, a game prediction, praise for Double A and Lidstrom-vs-Karlsson

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. AWood40 posted a 10-minute highlight clip from the Red Wings-Bruins game, and it begins with Joe Louis Arena's fans chanting, "One more year" for Pavel Datsyuk:

2. Via RedWingsFeed, Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski weighs in on the Wings' win in his "Playoff Death Watch," and CBS Sports' Adam Gretz is picking the Wings to win tonight:

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

As a whole, this has not been a very good campaign for Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings netminder lost his job to young upstart Petr Mrazek and has some of the worst individual stats of any goalie who has played at least 30 games in the NHL this season.

But man, did Howard come up big last night.

The veteran stoned the Flyers for just his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 Detroit win. Howard made 30 saves, including several beauties such as this robbery of Sean Couturier through a screen:


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The Detroit Red Wings Win a Big Game

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

The Red Wings needed a victory to put themselves on the verge of clinching a 25th straight playoff berth while a loss could have made the final two games of the regular season – both on the road – a crap shoot.

They responded by turning in perhaps their finest performance of the season, a 3-0 victory before a raucous Joe Louis Arena crowd that watched as the Red Wings put themselves in position to clinch a playoff berth tonight in Boston.

"I said it to the guys after that game that I think this was our best game and certainly the best game our forwards have played," said defenseman Kyle Quincey. "It made our job very, very easy.

"Everything just kind of went our way tonight. When it didn't, Jimmy (Howard) made some big saves."

Indeed, Howard turned in one of his best games of the season while recording his first shutout since beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on opening night – 78 games before blanking the Flyers.


Watch extended game highlights below....

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flyers wrap-up and Red Wings-Bruins set-up

The Red Wings took a 3-0 decision over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, earning the opportunity to possibly clinch a playoff spot if they are to win in any fashion against the Boston Bruins this evening (7 PM EDT start on FSD/NESN Plus/NBCSN outside Michigan and Massachusetts/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

Here's what the standings look like now:

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Red Wings-Flyers quick take, take 3: here we go

The Detroit Red Wings had a fantastic chance to improve their chances of earning a playoff spot over the course of Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, a game that opened up a two-games-in-two-nights stretch for the team.

The Red Wings took care of business, getting goals from Helm, Athanasiou (shorthanded) and Quincey (empty-net), receiving a 30-save performance from Jimmy Howard and blocking 21 Flyers shots en route to a 3-0 win that was incredibly workmanlike, heartily deserved, and mean, nasty and gritty in the trenches.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings can clinch a playoff spot if they win in any fashion on Thursday--win, OT win or shootout win.

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Evening news: Game-day previews; talking about pressure, the Calder race, Jurco and the Griffins

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Wings' Game-Day Preview video:

2. Here's the Flyers' game preview:

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