The Detroit Red Wings will be without forwards Thomas Vanek and Dylan Larkin against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, FS-D, NHL.TV).
Vanek is day to day because of a lower-body injury sustained when he appeared to be hit by a shot from forward Andreas Athanasiou at the end of the first period of the Red Wings' 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. He left the ice on his own and did not return.
Vanek's 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) are tied with captain Henrik Zetterberg for the Red Wings lead despite Vanek missing 11 games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 18 because of a hip injury. He signed a one-year contract, reportedly worth $2.6 million, with Detroit on July 1 after the Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of his contract on June 24.
Larkin was placed on seven-day injured reserve because of an upper-body injury. He played 17:57 against the Rangers and has 12 goals and 18 points in 47 games.
"It's obviously not fun to lose guys," captain Henrik Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "But we've been through it this year plenty of games. Guys that are going to play are ready and they'll do a good job."
The Red Wings have earned points in five straight games (3-0-2) and are four points behind the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division with three games in hand. They are four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.