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WGD: Game 21: Red Wings vs. Bruins

We’ve got an Atlantic Division showdown tonight in Boston!

The red-hot Red Wings march into Beantown after overcoming yet another two goal deficit in the Medowlands. If you’re not keeping score at home, that is now four of the last 6 games in which Detroit has won after trailing by two goals. Overall, the Wings are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, and own the NHL’s best record since Oct. 27. All the while, the team is doing so on the backs of their youth.

On the other side, the Bruins haven’t found there stride yet. Dealing with some major injuries they’ve been able to stay afloat thanks to the brilliant performance they are getting from David Pastrnak. Pastrnak currently leads the NHL with 17 goals.

THE RED WINGS

Red Wings lines via DailyFaceoff

LW C RW
Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER
Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN
Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST
Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN
Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU
Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI
Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING
Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN
Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK
Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE
Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK
LD RD
Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY
Mike Green
MIKE GREEN
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL
Dennis Cholowski
DENNIS CHOLOWSKI
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER
Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Thomas Vanek returns to the lineup after being out with injury. He starts off on the 4th line, presumably to ease him back into play.

The Wings will be without Darren Helm, however, who is slated to be out the next 6-8 weeks with a shoulder injury. Taking over his role on the first line is..Justin Abdelkader [checks notes] yup, that’s not an error. Jonathan Ericsson remains out as well. So the blue-line remains the same.

THE BRUINS

Bruins lines via DailyFaceoff

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Matt Grzelcyk
MATT GRZELCYK
Kevan Miller
KEVAN MILLER
Torey Krug
TOREY KRUG
Connor Clifton
CONNOR CLIFTON
Jeremy Lauzon
JEREMY LAUZON
Steve Kampfer
STEVE KAMPFER

Boston has been absolutely decimated with injuries. Star center Patrice Bergeron is out long term and his absence has left a huge dent down the middle.

The blue-line is a shell of what is was to start the season. Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Urho Vaakanainen, and Brandon Carlo are all expected to be out. That forces rookies Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon into the lineup.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Jimmy Howard vs Jaroslav Halek

Jimmy Howard gets the start tonight and that’s no surprise. Howard has been excellent over the course of Detroit’s hot streak. Over his last four starts his lowest save percentage was at .933. I repeat, LOWEST.

Jaroslav Halek gets the call for the Bruins tonight. Tuuka Rask’s struggles this season have led to Halak being the go-to-guy. Over his last four starts, three times he has posted a save percentage of at least .970. Not bad I would say. However, the one game where he didn’t stand on his head was a nightmare game where he gave up 6 goals on 25 shots.

HOW TO WATCH

The game kicks off at 7:30 P.M. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit, MSG+, and NHL.TV.

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