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Need to Know: Bruins at Red Wings

Marchand serves final game of suspension; Czarnik returns home

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

DETROIT - The last time the Bruins were here they needed a last-minute comeback to capture an overtime victory over the Red Wings courtesy of Brad Marchand.

Boston will be looking to improve its start this time around, though they'll have to do it without Marchand, who is serving the final game of his five-game suspension for elbowing.

"We had a poor start, we didn't generate much early," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of his team's 3-2 OT win on Dec. 13. "I thought we mismanaged the puck a lot, they were on us…just watching their last game, too, with Florida, when Florida turned it over they were right back at you. They've got a good team that can counterattack very well.

"We've done a good job with managing the puck. Our starts, we're progressively getting better. I think two weeks ago was an issue, but we're working our way out of that."

Video: Bruins Get Set to Take on The Red Wings in Detroit

The Bruins will also once again be without Kevan Miller (upper-body), Noel Acciari (lower-body), and Anders Bjork (upper-body). None of them traveled with the team to Detroit, with Cassidy saying all three would be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

With Acciari sidelined, Austin Czarnik will be filling in on Boston's fourth line for the second straight game. The Detroit native will be playing in his hometown for the first time in a regular season contest.

"It's always exciting," said Czarnik, who has slid in on the right wing alongside Frank Vatrano and Sean Kuraly. "It will be the first game that I'm playing in the regular season here. It's going to be a fun time tonight, will be fun to play in front of family and friends here. Just looking forward to it."

One-Year Mark

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of Cassidy taking over as head coach. In that time, the 52-year-old has led the Bruins to a 49-19-9 record in the regular season.

"It's been a good year, enjoyable for me," said Cassidy. "We've got a great group of players, hopefully it continues to go well…we've met halfway with the players pretty well. They do trust us to coach them up, but we trust them the days that they've got to get it done."

Tuesday's Projected Lineup

Tuukka Rask will get the start in goal, while Paul Postma will be the healthy scratch:

Danton Heinen - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - David Backes
Frank Vatrano - Sean Kuraly - Austin Czarnik

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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