BRUINS (30-19-6) at RED WINGS (28-18-9)
TV: 3 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports
Season series: The Boston Bruins have won the first two games against the Detroit Red Wings this season. Boston won 3-1 at TD Garden on Nov. 14 and 3-2 in overtime at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 25. Bruins center David Krejci has a goal and an assist. Forwards Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit.
Bruins team scope: Patrice Bergeron, who missed a 4-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, with an undisclosed injury and remains day-to-day. Forward Brad Marchand was impressed with their performance without their leading scorer. "Whenever you lose a guy like [Bergeron], you can't replace him. But if everyone picks it up a little bit and plays a little bit better then you can fill that gap," Marchand said. "I thought we played a pretty sound game tonight and we got the two points, which is huge, and now we can move on." Marchand had a shorthanded goal and has a goal in six straight games and 11 of 12. Boston is 13-3-3 in its past 19 road games dating to Nov. 8. Coach Claude Julien, who won his 500th game Saturday, is one win shy of tying Pat Burns for 21st on the NHL all-time wins list.
Red Wings team scope: Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson missed practice Saturday with a lower-body injury and is questionable. Coach Jeff Blashill said Ericsson will be evaluated Sunday before a final decision about his availability is made. "He didn't finish the game [a 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado on Friday]," Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. "Today, we weren't going to push it at all, and then we'll see where he's at tomorrow. But I won't know any answers on that until tomorrow." Detroit recalled defensemen Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Peter Mrazek will make his third start against Boston this season. Brad Richards will play in his 1,100th NHL game.