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7:30p ET, Little Caesars Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: FSDET

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

Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Welcome to another addition of Red Wings hockey. Tonight brings you a division rival in the Boston Bruins. I’ll give you the bad news first — they are a much better hockey team than the Red Wings. Okay, we have that out of the way, so here is the good news — the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.

(nasally Bruins fan voice from the back of the room): yeah, well how many Super Bowls have you won, idiot?

Not as many coaches the Lions have stolen from you.

Anyways! We’re inching closer to the trade deadline, which means things are getting more exciting for Red Wings fans. We’re learning all about who may be on the move. Recently, we’ve learned that the Predators are hot-to-trot for some of the Red Wings’ scoring wingers. But that’s not what tonight is all about.

The Bruins are the second-best team in our division — just five points behind the seemingly un-catchable Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ve stayed this way despite having a handful of players I have never heard of. The key to beating them comes down t goaltending. Tuukka Rask is piecing together another Vezina-worthy season.

The Red Wings are the faster team, easily. The Bruins have a top-heavy defense that can be lumbering at times. If the Red Wings can use this to their advantage, along with their not-so-terrible goaltending, they may be able to pull this one off.

Here’s a look at tonight’s preliminary lineups...

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi Dylan Larkin Andreas Athanasiou
Tomas Tatar Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Justin Abdelkader Luke Glendening Martin Frk


Defensemen

Jonathan Ericsson Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Nick Jensen


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Bruins Expected Lineup

Forwards

Danton Heinen Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Ryan Spooner
Tim Schaller Riley Nash David Backes
Frank Vatrano Sean Kuraly Austin Czarnik


Defensemen

Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grelcyk Adam McQuaid


Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask (starting)
Anton Khudobin

Gameday Prediction ContestGameday Prediction Contest

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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.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. 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. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings 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 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!