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Morning Skate: Bruins at Red Wings

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

3:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: NBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

B's Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Ah yes... the Boston Bruins come to town today. Last time these two teams met was at the Joe back late November. It was a game the Red Wings dominated... yet blew a late lead and lost in overtime. The Wings are currently 0-1-1 against Boston.

Yesterday, the Red Wings called up Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids. Apparently, Jonathan Ericsson is questionable. The ideal scenario is Ericsson sits, Jakub Kindl is scratched and Ouellet slides in next to Alexey Marchenko on the 3rd pair. That actually might be the best defense the Wings ice all season. Forward lines should remain status quo.

Across the sheet, the Bruins are coming off a 4-2 win yesterday in Minnesota. They did it without their best player, Patrice Bergeron. The former Selke winner was out with an undisclosed injury. He's day-to-day. No word yet if he'll suit up this afternoon. It wouldn't shock me if he did. With back-to-back games this weekend, it would make sense to hold him out of the game against the Western Conference team and have him play against the division foe fighting with you for playoff position.

Jonas Gustavsson got the start yesterday, so we'll surely see Tuukka Rask between the pipes this afternoon. Brad Marchand has 12 goals in his last 12 games. He's on fire. Meanwhile, don't sleep on Ryan Spooner, who is having himself a solid season. He'll slide into the top center spot if Bergeron can't go. Joonas Kemppainen likely sits out if Bergeron plays. Also, just my speculation here... don't be surprised if Zac Rinaldo is scratched today. He's useless against the Wings (and in general). Landon Ferraro would probably find his way into the lineup (and probably score too). On defense, Kevan Miller is bad. Take advantage whenever he's on the ice.

Detroit Expected Lineup

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Brad Richards
Gus Nyquist Andreas Athanasiou Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Drew Miller, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson

Boston Expected Lineup

Forwards

Brad Marchand Ryan Spooner Brett Connolly
Matt Beleskey David Krejci David Pastrnak
Loui Eriksson Joonas Kemppainen Jimmy Hayes
Zac Rinaldo Max Talbot Tyler Randell

Defensemen

Zdeno Chara Zach Trotman
Joe Morrow Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug Kevan Miller

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask
Jonas Gustavsson

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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