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Preview: Red Wings vs. Bruins

Boston without injured center Ryan Spooner; Red Wings try to end three-game slide

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

RED WINGS (25-28-11) at BRUINS (34-26-6)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV


Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings will look to build off the positives they took from their 3-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Red Wings, who have lost their past three games (0-2-1) and won once in their past five (1-3-1), trailed 3-0 but got within a goal before coming up short. "You have to take the positive out of that, that we are battling to the end," captain Henrik Zetterberg told the Detroit Free Press after the game. "We are really trying all the way." The Red Wings did not have a morning skate, but after goaltender Petr Mrazek started the past eight games, including a 25-save performance in Toronto, Jared Coreau might start for the first time since a 6-3 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 12. Coreau is 5-3-3 with a 3.27 goals-against average and .893 save percentage. The Red Wings also recalled goalie Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, where he had been on a rehab assignment. Howard hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 20, when he sprained his right knee against the Tampa Bay Lightning. General manager Ken Holland said Coreau likely would be sent to Grand Rapids either Thursday or Friday, the Detroit Free Press reported.


Bruins team scope

Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner is out indefinitely with a concussion sustained in the third period of a 4-2 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Austin Czarnik was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League and will play center on Boston's third line. Czarnik had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 47 games with Boston before his demotion Feb. 23. "It's exciting. It's unfortunate that [Spooner] is injured, but it's my chance to try to get back into the lineup and do what I can do," Czarnik said. "So I'm just going to try and go out there tonight and try to help us get the win tonight." The Bruins are coming off a loss but are 8-3-0 since Bruce Cassidy took over as coach Feb. 7. Boston trails Ottawa by four points for second place in the Atlantic Division (the Senators have two games in hand) and leads Toronto by two points for third place (the Maple Leafs have one game in hand). Forward Drew Stafford, who was acquired in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets last Wednesday, will move up from the third line to play left wing with center David Krejci and right wing David Pastrnak. Stafford, a right-handed shot, will be playing his off wing. "I played a little left wing last year with [Mark] Scheifele and [Blake] Wheeler up in Winnipeg and had quite a bit of success. So it seems like it might be a little bit of a different game with Krejci as opposed to Spooner with some of the spots and whatnot, but we'll see," Stafford said. "It's kind of [getting thrown] right in there and see if it works, and hopefully it does and hopefully we can create something." The Bruins are 5-1-0 in their past six home games.


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Tomas Tatar

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Anthony Mantha

Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin

Riley Sheahan -- Luke Glendening -- Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen

Xavier Ouellet -- Robbie Russo

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Mitch Callahan, Jimmy Howard

Injured: Ryan Sproul (left knee), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Drew Stafford -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Austin Czarnik -- Jimmy Hayes

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow, Peter Cehlarik

Injured: Ryan Spooner (concussion)


Status report

Hayes will play for the first time in three games. Cehlarik will be a healthy scratch for the first time in 11 games. He has two assists in 10 games but is looking for his first NHL goal.


Who's hot

Zetterberg has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) during a seven-game point streak. ... Marchand has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games. Bergeron has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past six games.

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