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Red Wings vs. Bruins: Gameday updates, lineups, keys to the game

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Detroit Red WIngs v Boston Bruins Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Updates:

Optional morning skate today, so we don’t have lines for tonight.

Red Wings Lineup

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

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Confirmed Bruins 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

Keys to the Game

Battle Between the Pipes

Jimmy Howard and Tuukka Rask are your starters tonight. Each can keep his team in a game they shouldn’t be in, so if they are both playing their best, this could be a low-scoring affair.

No Need For an Exterminator

Often when Detroit plays Boston, there is a noticeable rat problem. Since Brad Marchand is still suspended, the chances of the Wings leaving tonight’s game with working knees and no concussions has increased tremendously.

Playing Spoiler (Kinda)

Assuming the Lightning win the Atlantic Division, as seems likely, Toronto and Boston are very likely to finish 2nd and 3rd, meaning they would play each other in the first round. Right now, Boston is 3 points up on Toronto, with a whopping 5 games in hand, and the two will battle down the stretch for home-ice advantage in the first round. Denying the Bruins two points tonight could end up being a big deal at the end of the season.

Let’s Go Red Wings!