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Boston tries for seventh straight win; Detroit has lost 10 of past 11

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (34-10-12) at RED WINGS (13-39-4)

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS

 

The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their seventh straight victory when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 home win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Charlie Coyle scored twice, and Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk each scored a power-play goal.

Boston has outscored its opponents 21-7 during the winning streak.

Detroit has lost 10 of its past 11 games (1-9-1), getting outscored 42-15, and has been shut out in three of its past four. The Red Wings lost 2-0 at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

 

Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 29 games against the Red Wings.

Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier is 6-5-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in his past 12 starts.

 

They said it

"That's my game, that's when I'm feeling good -- possessing the puck like that, winning battles. I think that's what this team needs from me, and I need to do that more often." -- Bruins forward Charlie Coyle on his performance Saturday

"You have to score goals to win, and we didn't do that tonight. We didn't generate enough shots. I thought early we passed up a few too many. That was the story of the game. It was a close game, but you've got to score here to win. Their D are so good. They just play heads-up hockey and made it hard for us to generate (offense)." -- Red Wings center Dylan Larkin after the loss Friday

 

Bruins projected lineup 

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Sean Kuraly -- Charlie Coyle -- Anders Bjork

Anton Blidh -- Par Lindholm -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- John Moore

Matt Grzelcyk -- Brandon Carlo

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Danton Heinen

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (medical condition), Kevan Miller (knee), Connor Clifton (upper body)

Suspended: Jeremy Lauzon

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Justin Abdelkader-- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Brendan Perlini -- Valtteri Filppula -- Tyler Bertuzzi

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou

Adam Erne -- Christoffer Ehn -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Trevor Daley -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Ericsson -- Gustav Lindstrom

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Taro Hirose 

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Filip Zadina (lower body), Mike Green (finger), Frans Nielsen (upper body), Madison Bowey (undisclosed)

 

Status report

Lauzon, a defenseman was suspended two games for an illegal check to Coyotes center Derek Stepan's head Saturday. … Carlo is expected to play after missing the game Saturday for personal reasons. … The Red Wings sent defenseman Dennis Cholowski to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

 

Stat pack

Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 38 goals, five more than Detroit's top two goal-scorers, Bertuzzi (18) and Larkin (15) combined. … Bernier had two assists in a 4-2 win against the Bruins on Nov. 8 at Little Caesars Arena.

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