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WGD: Game 79: Red Wings vs. Bruins

If the Red Wings were a playoff team, this game would be much more interesting as they face off against an Atlantic Division rival. The Boston Bruins have long since clinched a playoff spot and are now playing for home ice, something they are likely going to get with the Toronto Maple Leafs latest stretch of games.

These two teams have faced each other three times already this season, with the Red Wings winning two of them. The lost game was an early season romp by the Bruins, winning 8-2 during the Red Wings initial seven game losing streak.

Now, the Bruins are set to face a team of new face as the Red Wings continue to ice a young, but winning team.

THE RED WINGS

LW C RW
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM

Rating: 70.3#151 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 78.7#25 C

Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA

Rating: 76.0#32 RW

Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 74.4#43 LW

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 77.8#30 C

Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 70.0#117 RW

Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK

Rating: 69.6#121 LW

Christoffer Ehn
CHRISTOFFER EHN

Rating: 69.5#171 C

Taro Hirose
TARO HIROSE
Matt Puempel
MATT PUEMPEL

Rating: 71.9#87 LW

Ryan Kuffner
RYAN KUFFNER
Jake Chelios
JAKE CHELIOS

Rating: 73.2#56 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER

Rating: 71.5#95 LD

Filip Hronek
FILIP HRONEK

Rating: 71.8#68 RD

Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 71.5#94 LD

Madison Bowey
MADISON BOWEY

Rating: 69.1#99 RD

Dylan McIlrath
DYLAN MCILRATH

Rating: 73.0#63 LD

Luke Witkowski
LUKE WITKOWSKI

Rating: 67.4#103 RD

I’m really not quite sure what to make of this roster, but they’re winning so I’m not going to argue anything. I’m writing this prior to today’s morning skate, so that’s why DFOs lines are a little wonky. If Frans Nielsen is still injured, Jake Chelios will come out of this lineup.

Other big stories: Andreas Athanasiou scored his 30th goal of the season against their game against the Devils. They Red Wings now have two 30 goal scorers, a luxury that has been absent from their roster since 2009. Also, Taro Hirose’s point streak came to an end. His five points in five games were an impressive start to his NHL career.

The Red Wings are now on a five game winning streak. Some hate it because of their lottery chances, but it’s hard to argue with the development of some of the young players who are landing the 2018-19 plane on a winning note. A win is a win and it’s fun to watch. I’m hoping for more.

THE BRUINS

LW C RW
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 87.6#1 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 88.5#2 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 87.2#2 RW

Jake DeBrusk
JAKE DEBRUSK

Rating: 77.4#23 LW

David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 77.7#32 C

Karson Kuhlman
KARSON KUHLMAN
Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 74.2#44 LW

Charlie Coyle
CHARLIE COYLE

Rating: 72.1#100 C

Chris Wagner
CHRIS WAGNER

Rating: 70.0#119 RW

Joakim Nordstrom
JOAKIM NORDSTROM

Rating: 69.9#127 LW

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 71.2#130 C

David Backes
DAVID BACKES

Rating: 72.9#61 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Zdeno Chara
ZDENO CHARA

Rating: 77.0#15 LD

Charlie McAvoy
CHARLIE MCAVOY

Rating: 78.8#14 RD

Brandon Carlo
BRANDON CARLO

Rating: 73.9#37 LD

Connor Clifton
CONNOR CLIFTON

Rating: 73.2#47 RD

Steve Kampfer
STEVE KAMPFER

Rating: 71.1#101 LD

John Moore
JOHN MOORE

Rating: 72.6#73 RD

This Bruins team is very deep. They are built for a long playoff run, but they’ll have tough teams in Toronto and Tampa Bay to get through.

Brad Marchand leads the team with 97 points and he’s followed by Bergeron and Pastrnak who each have 77. All three players have more than 30 goals.

On defense, Torey Krug has added 51 points and Charlie McAvoy has battled through injury all year. When he’s healthy though, he looks good.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Tuukka Rask vs. Jimmy Howard

Expect Rask to get the go tonight as Boston’s starter. He’s 26-12-5 through 44 games and has posted a .914 save percentage. He’s always been streaky though. You never know what Rask you’re going to get.

I’d anticipate Howard getting the start for the Wings tonight. Bernier was playing fantastic against New Jersey, but left the game in the third period with an upper body injury. Howard came in to relieve him and played just as well. Both goalies are on top of their games right now.

HOW TO WATCH

Puck drop is at 7:30 P.M. ET and you’ll be able to watch the game on NBCSN. No FSD tonight, unfortunately.