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Preview: Red Wings at Bruins

Forwards Thomas Vanek, Dylan Larkin sidelined for Detroit; Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask says he's OK to start

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

RED WINGS (20-19-8) at BRUINS (23-21-6)

7 p.m. ET;


Red Wings team scope

Detroit Red Wings forwards Thomas Vanek (lower body) and Dylan Larkin (upper body) are out with injuries sustained in a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. Vanek leads the Red Wings with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past nine games. Larkin, who was placed on seven-day injured reserve, has 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in 47 games. "They're going to be tough to replace," forward Frans Nielsen said. "But we've got a deep team and we've got some good players coming in. It happens for every team, throughout the year you're going to lose players and you can't think too much about it. You've just got to go out there and play." Goaltender Jared Coreau will start for the fifth time in Detroit's past six games. Coreau is 2-0-1 in that span but was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots in a 6-5 shootout win against the Boston Bruins last Wednesday. "His game is in a position to be successful," coach Jeff Blashill said of Coreau, who is 5-1-2 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. "I've thought that since the beginning of the year. Now you've got to go out and get results on a nightly basis." Detroit has lost four straight road games (0-2-2).


Bruins team scope

Goaltender Tuukka Rask said he's healthy enough to start for the Bruins after leaving his past start in the second period of a 5-1 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. Rask had a reoccurrence of a migraine headache problem that hadn't affected him in a game for a couple years. Rask took part in an optional morning skate Tuesday. "I think there's nothing really you can do except sleep properly, and eat and drink properly," said Rask, 22-12-4 with a 2.11 GAA and .920 SV%. "I guess that's the only thing because you don't know what causes it, but my guess is that the schedule's been so busy, lack of sleep and I got a little dehydrated. So that's the best guess I can get. But nobody really knows how to prevent it or what causes it. Just try to be as rested and hydrated as possible." The Bruins, who have lost four in a row (0-3-1), held an extra video session prior to practice Monday in an effort to get back on track and improve their 10-12-0 home record. "We've got to kind of respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you quite a bit," coach Claude Julien said. "Right now we were a little bit all over the place, especially last game, so that's what we addressed yesterday moving forward." The Bruins lead the Red Wings by four points in the Eastern Conference standings, but neither holds a Stanley Cup Playoffs spot. Detroit has three games in hand on Boston.


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Tomas Tatar

Justin Abdelkader - Riley Sheahan -- Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller -- Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening

Xavier Ouellet -- Jonathan Ericsson

Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jared Coreau

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Ryan Sproul, Alexey Marchenko

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jimmy Howard (knee), Brendan Smith (knee), Thomas Vanek (lower body), Steve Ott (shoulder), Dylan Larkin (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Matt Beleskey

Ryan Spooner -- Dominic Moore -- Austin Czarnik

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Kevan Miller -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Jimmy Hayes, Joe Morrow, John-Michael Liles

Injured: none


Status report

Jurco, who has no points in 11 games, returns to the lineup after being scratched the past nine games. ... Drew Miller cleared waivers Monday and Detroit assigned him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, but because of injuries he was recalled Tuesday. ... Colin Miller returns after missing six games with a lower-body injury and Kevan Miller returns after missing four games with a concussion.


Who's hot

Marchand has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games. … Nyquist has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games.

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