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Detroit to go for sixth straight win against Boston, which can keep Atlantic Division lead

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (14-41-4) at BRUINS (35-11-12)



The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their eighth win in nine games when they host the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Saturday.

Center David Krejci will play his 900th NHL game for the Bruins, who are 7-1-0 in their past eight games, 11-3-1 in their past 15, and in first place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Red Wings, who have lost two straight and are 2-11-1 in their past 14 games, will try to win their sixth straight game against the Bruins. Detroit has not lost to Boston since Oct. 13, 2018.


Players to watch

Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou has three goals in the past three games, including two in a 3-1 win against the Bruins on Feb. 9.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak and is tied for the NHL goals lead with Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews. Each has 41.


They said it

"Guys got to step on the ice and dig in, and they've got to change the momentum with their shifts. And we obviously didn't do that last night. And we've got to react to it. We got to be better tomorrow than we were." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on a 4-1 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday

"Tomorrow's more about a focus game. Don't be disrespectful. Every team is good in this league and every team can beat you any night, even when you do show up and play. It wasn't like [a 3-1 loss at Detroit on Feb. 9] we were a horrible hockey team. They were one goal better, they got the empty-netter, but they were a little better on special teams." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy


Red Wings projected lineup

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Frans Nielsen

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening

Justin Abdelkader -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Gustav Lindstrom

Trevor Daley -- Alex Biega

Filip Hronek -- Mike Green

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Filip Zadina (lower body), Madison Bowey (eye), Brendan Perlini (facial lacerations)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Karson Kuhlman

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- John Moore

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Par Lindholm, Anton Blidh, Jeremy Lauzon

Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), Connor Clifton (upper body)


Status report

Helm, Hronek and Green didn't practice Friday, and each will be a game-time decision. … The Bruins will use the same 12 forwards from their 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday but might change their defense pairs because Lauzon's two-game suspension has ended.


Stat pack

Larkin has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the past 11 games. … Rask is 14-3-4 with a 2.08 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and one shutout in his past 21 decisions.

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