On, Wednesday, March 8th, at 8:00pm ET, the Boston Bruins (34-26-6) host the Detroit Red Wings (25-28-11).

Need to Know: Red Wings

Detroit is in last place in the Eastern Conference with only 61 points. Without a miraculous finish, their streak of 25 playoff appearances in a row is likely to come to an end. This obviously has not been the season Red Wings had hoped for, but they still pose a tough test for the desperate Bs. The last meeting between these two original six teams went to overtime, where Detroit fell to a David Pastrnak winner. The Red Wings head into the second game of a back-to-back. Last night they fell 3-2 to the Maple Leafs who continue to close in on Boston. Led by veteran Henrik Zetterberg, who has 53 points, the Red Wings will look to make the Bruins playoff race that much more difficult. This is the last match up between these two teams this season.

Need to Know: Bruins

The Bruins are coming off a very disappointing 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. This game was a chance for the Bruins to continue their offensive surge and close the gap in the Atlantic playoff race. But, after going down early, the Bs were not able to overcome the 2-0 deficit they dug themselves into. However, the Bs have not lost two in a row since the beginning of February, before Cassidy took over behind the bench. Boston now sits four points behind second place Ottawa who have two games in hand and are also active tonight. The Leafs are now only two points behind the Bruins with a game in hand and they do not play again until tomorrow night.

Tonight, the Bruins will be without forward Ryan Spooner, who suffered a concussion during Monday night’s game in Ottawa. As no injury usually is timed well, this one could not be a worse time for Spooner. Since the arrival of Bruce Cassidy, Spooner’s game has noticeably improved. He has seven points in the last ten games. Austin Czarnik has been recalled from Providence and will most likely fill in for the injured Spooner. On the other hand, Patrice Bergeron continues to be a leader for Boston. He has 22 points in the last 18 games with seven goals and 15 assists. Forward Brad Marchand currently has 30 goals and is the first Bruin since Glenn Murray (2001-2004) to have consecutive 30-goal seasons.

Practice Lineup:

Marchand – Bergeron – Backes

Stafford – Krejci – Pastrnak

Vatrano – Czarnik – Hayes

Schaller – Moore – Nash

Chara – Carlo

Krug – McQuaid

C. Miller – K. Miller