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NHL: Preseason-Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

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Tonight is another huge game for the Red Wings if they have any chance of getting back into the playoff picture. After two straight victories over Pittsburgh and Montreal the Wings sit six points out of a playoff spot and seven points behind tonight opponent, the second-place Boston Bruins.

Boston comes into the game tonight looking to rebound from a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday as they try to cling to a playoff spot in what is becoming a very congested Atlantic Division.

I hate to use the words "must win" when there is still half a season left to go but if ever a midway point game was a must win it would be this one. The Wings have looked like a different team their last two games and if they have any chance/hope/desire of getting back into the conversation for the playoffs they must take care of business here tonight.

Red Wings Lineup

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist

Henrik Zetterberg

Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou

Frans Nielsen

Tomas Vanek

Tomas Tatar

Riley Sheahan

Dylan Larkin

Justin Abdelkader

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Defensemen

Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko

Xavier Ouellet

Nick Jensen


Goaltenders

Jared Coreau

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Tomas Jurco, Ryan Sproul, Steve Ott

Injuries: Niklas Kronwall, Brendan Smith, Jimmy Howard, Darren Helm, Johan Franzen , Joe Vitale

Bruins Lineup

Forwards

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano

David Krejci

David Backes

Tim Schaller

Ryan Spooner

Riley Nash

Anton Blidh

Dominic Moore

Austin Czarnik


Defensemen

Zdeno Chara

Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug

Adam McQuaid

John Michael Liles

Joe Morrow


Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

RED WINGS

THE MATCHUP

BRUINS

19-19-6 (44 pts, 7th in the Atlantic)

Record

23-19-5 (51 pts; 2nd in Atlantic)

2.43 (24th in NHL)

Goals Per Game

2.45 (23rd in NHL)

2.89 (t21st)

Goals Against Per Game

2.47 (6th)

11.5% (30th)

Power Play %

16.4% (23rd)

82.4% (14th)

Penalty Kill %

86.5% (2nd)

29.1 (21st)

Shots For Per Game

34.0 (2nd)

30.2 (t16th)

Shots Against Per Game

26.7 (2nd)

53.2 (3rd)

Faceoff %

52.7 (4th)

Tomas Vanek (12)

Goals Leader

David Pastrnak (19)

Henrik Zetterberg (31)

Points Leader

Brad Marchand (43)

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.