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Need to Know: Bruins vs. Red Wings

Bruins getting back to basics after fourth straight loss

by Christopher Weyant @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden.

After falling to the Penguins 5-1 on Sunday in Pittsburgh (despite a 45-36 shots advantage), the Black & Gold are looking to snap a four-game skid. It is not yet known if Tuukka Rask, who left Sunday's game in the second period with migraine and vision issues, will be ready to suit up against Detroit. The netminder was being evaluated by doctors on Monday.

The Wings and Bruins have split two games this year in the season series, with the most recent contest resulting in a 6-5 shootout win for the Red Wings just six days ago.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Here is what you need to know:

Back to Basics

The Bruins (23-21-6, 52 points) took the Warrior Ice Arena sheet for practice on Monday after a video session. 

"Sometimes, you have to go back to the drawing board when you see enough of different things," said head coach Claude Julien. "We decided that we need a little eye-opening moment."

Despite the recent struggles, Julien liked his team's moxie during the on-ice portion of the session.

"I liked our practice today," said Julien. "And I hope our guys can bring that kind of energy and determination [on Tuesday]."

While Rask's status is unknown for Tuesday night, the Bruins could potentially see the returns of defensemen Kevan Miller and Colin Miller, who both practiced with full contact on Monday.

Colin Miller has missed the last six games after suffering a lower-body injury in St. Louis on Jan. 10.

"Colin was full contact, so we're evaluating him as we speak. Kevan, it depends on how well he feels," said Julien.

Kevan Miller has missed the last four games. He has recovered from his concussion, but was recently sidelined by illness.  

In the midst of a tough stretch for the Bruins, the team is not only relying on reinforcements, but also on their tallest pillar to help steady the ship.

"You have to compete, you have to work hard," said Captain Zdeno Chara. "We've got to go back to those little things. Hard work, commitment, and competing every shift."

With 32 games left in the regular season, the Bruins are prepared to leave every ounce of effort on the ice.

"It's a grind, and it's going to be a grind until the end," said Chara. "But we have confidence that we can do it together."

Video: Bruins back to drawing board ahead of tilt with DET

Opposing View: Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings (20-19-8, 48 points) have enjoyed a recent run of success, compiling eight of a possible ten points during their last five games, slowly creeping back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Detroit will face some adversity on the injury front Tuesday, as they'll skate without forwards Thomas Vanek (upper-body injury) and Dylan Larkin (lower-body injury).

Vanek and Larkin share the team-lead in goals with 12 each. In addition to his goal-scoring prowess, Vanek has 19 assists, good for 31 points in just 36 games.

Even without their top-two goal scorers, Bruins fans will be quick to remember the barrage the Red Wings threw at the Bruins in Detroit last Wednesday, storming back from two three-goal deficits in their shootout victory.

With such a large piece of the offense missing, the Wings will look to put forth a strong defensive showing and offset the loss of their two talented forwards.

Mike Green, who leads the Red Wings with over 24 minutes of time on ice per game, will likely matchup against the Bruins top forwards. Green has also contributed offensively from the back end, with eight goals and 14 assists in 39 games.

Detroit ranks 23rd in the NHL in goals for (2.43 goals per game) and 23rd in the NHL in goals allowed (2.89 goals per game).

Wait, There's More

  • Tuesday will mark the 595th career meeting between the Bruins and the Red Wings. The Bruins hold a 244-251-95-4 record against the Red Wings.
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