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Pastrnak looking to extend point streak to 14 games for Boston; Green returning for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (11-2-2) at RED WINGS (4-12-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, TVA Sports, FS-D, NESN, NHL.TV


The Game

David Pastrnak will try to extend his NHL career-best point streak to 14 games when the Boston Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

Pastrnak has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) during the streak, which started Oct. 8, in Boston's third game of the season. With a point Friday he will have the Bruins' third-longest point streak since 1994-95. Adam Oates had a point in 20 straight games 1996-97 and Phil Kessel had an 18-point streak in 2008-09.

The Bruins had a six-game winning streak ended in a 5-4 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Boston is 8-1-2 in its past 11 games.

Detroit defenseman Mike Green will return after missing three games because of an illness. The Red Wings have lost four straight and 12 of their past 13 games (1-11-1).


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past five games.

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has two points (one goal, one assist) in his past two games, including his first goal of the season.


They said it

"We need to take care of the defensive breakdowns we had in our zone against Montreal, and that means shoring up our structure. I thought our wingers got beat a couple times by not showing enough patience. We can't jump into battles and leave something else open. Once you have one breakdown it kind of snowballs." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

"We had success last year with the mindset that we had nothing to lose, and we certainly don't have anything to lose right now. It's gone poorly, but if we play fearless and beat Boston tonight, we're going to walk into this locker room feeling great about ourselves. That's a lot more fun." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Peter Cehlarik -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Zach Senyshyn

Brett Ritchie -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Connor Clifton

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Charlie McAvoy

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Cameron Hughes

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (infection), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), Anton Blidh (shoulder), John Moore (shoulder), Par Lindholm (upper body), David Backes (upper body), Jake DeBrusk (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Darren Helm -- Christoffer Ehn -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Mike Green

Dylan McIlrath -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Taro Hirose, Alex Biega

Injured: Luke Glendening (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report

Cehlarik, who was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League on Thursday, will replace DeBrusk on the second line. … Fabbri will make his Red Wings debut after being acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.


Stat pack

Rask is 7-1-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his past 10 starts against the Red Wings. … Detroit has scored 17 5-on-5 goals in its past 15 games.

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