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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Bruins, who finished March on a 15-0-1 run over their last 16 games, last lost in regulation on March 1 (4-2 vs. Washington), and last lost on the road on Feb. 26 (5-4 in overtime at Buffalo). Boston comes in riding a franchise record nine-game road win streak (outscoring their opponents 35-18) and a franchise record 16-game road point streak (13-0-3 record) dating back to Jan. 9 (4-2 at Los Angeles).

• The Red Wings have gone 5-1-1 at Joe Louis Arena since Mar. 7, but they remain the second-worst home team among all NHL teams currently in playoff position. Only the N.Y. Rangers (18-16-4) are worse. Tonight, the Wings face the best road team in the NHL, the Bruins, on their home ice.

• The NHL’s first (36-year-old Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla) and second (24-year-old Red Wings left winger Gustav Nyquist) stars for the month of March are meeting in this game.

• Iginla (560 goals) needs one goal to move past Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur (560) into a tie for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list with Mike Modano (561). With five goals in the Bruins’ last seven games, Iginla could also pass Hall of Famers Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin (564 each).

• Nyquist enters tonight’s game on a nine-game point streak (11-2—13), the longest by a Red Wings player since Henrik Zetterberg tallied points in 11 straight (6-10—16), Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011.

• Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has scored a goal in seven straight games. That streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Nov. 29-Dec. 11, 2013) and is the longest for a Bruins player in one season since current team president Cam Neely scored in eight straight (Dec. 9-23, 1990). Elias Sports Bureau

• Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made a career-high 49 saves for his 100th win Sunday at Philadelphia. Rask became the seventh Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history to hit the century mark in wins. He improved to 9-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 SV% and two shutouts in his last 10 starts. Tonight, he is expected to face Red Wings number-one goalie, Jimmy Howard, who is seeking career win #150.

• The Bruins (52-17-6, 110 pts.) have surpassed the 100-point mark for the third time in their last four seasons and fourth time in their last six. They need five wins and 11 points in their final seven games to match single-season franchise records for wins (57) and points (120), both set by the 1970-71 team. That team was upset in the opening round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, Montreal.

• The Red Wings have made the playoffs 22 consecutive seasons dating back to the 1990-91 season, the fifth longest postseason streak in NHL history and longest active streak in the league. The Bruins hold the record for the longest playoff streak in NHL history (29 seasons, 1967-68 through 1995-96).

Torts not worried after Jackets get blown out twice — ‘Today was going to be a mess’

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 17:  Head coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets reacts on the bench during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 17, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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John Tortorella could only blame John Tortorella after the Blue Jackets got blown out in both their split-squad games Sunday against the Blues.

The Jackets dropped a 7-3 decision in St. Louis and lost 5-0 at home.

“Let’s not make any judgments here as far as today,” Tortorella said, per the Columbus Dispatch. “Today was going to be a mess. I give the guys credit. I’m not being negative about the team. They did what we asked of them (the first three days). They pushed. They gave it to us there and it suffers in these games.”

Tortorella, who runs notoriously tough training camps, wants to “make sure our conditioning is there by the 13th,” when the Jackets open the regular season.

Columbus plays its first three games at home, against Boston, San Jose and Chicago. A good start is going to be key for the Jackets, especially after starting last season 0-8-0.

Bernier back with Isles on training camp PTO

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Steve Bernier #16 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 25, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 4-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York liked enough of what it saw from Steve Bernier last season to offer him another kick at the can.

On Monday, the Isles announced that — for the second year in a row — Bernier would be coming to training camp on a PTO.

Last fall, Bernier parlayed his tryout into a one-year, $750,000 deal but only saw a limited body of work. The former first-round pick scored six points in 24 regular season games, then dressed for six playoff contests.

Bernier isn’t the only veteran forward attending Isles camp on a PTO, as longtime Devils winger Stephen Gionta is also there (Gionta and Bernier were once teammates in New Jersey).

There are holes to fill up front. The Isles lost three key forwards in free agency — Frans Nielsen, Matt Martin and Kyle Okposo — which will result in some of last year’s third- and fourth-line players getting bumped to more prominent roles.

Those promotions could bode well for Bernier and Gionta.

 

Sens to move AHL affiliate from Binghamton to Belleville

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 13:  Center Jason Spezza of the Binghamton Senators smiles before the start of the American Hockey League All Star Skills Competition on February 13, 2005 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Ottawa Senators announced today that they’ve purchased the AHL franchise in Binghamton, N.Y. and will move it to Belleville, Ont. for the start of the 2017-18 season.

From the press release:

The Ottawa Senators and the City of Belleville have also agreed on an eight-year agreement to welcome the newly minted Belleville Senators to the city.

In order to properly accommodate a new professional AHL team, the City of Belleville will immediately undertake more than $18.5 million in important renovations to modernize Belleville’s Yardmen Arena and prepare it for professional hockey for the first time in the city’s history. 

The Baby Sens have played in Binghamton since 2002, winning a Calder Cup in 2011. AHL officials are reportedly working to secure another franchise for the city for the 2017-18 season.

Belleville to Ottawa is a mere 2.5-hour drive, according to Google. The Belleville Bulls were an OHL team that started playing in 1981 before moving to Hamilton in 2015.

Seidenberg, without a contract, playing a key role for Team Europe

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 08:  Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins skates against Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Four of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Dennis Seidenberg has been a key player for Team Europe at the World Cup, and he doesn’t even have an NHL contract.

Seidenberg, 35, logged 23:30 in Europe’s 3-2 overtime upset of Sweden on Sunday. Only Roman Josi (29:00) played more for the winning side. Seidenberg even played more than his old Boston teammate, Zdeno Chara (22:26).

“I’ve played quite a bit,” Seidenberg said earlier in the tournament, per the Associated Press. “People should know what I can do and can’t do by now, but nonetheless this is an important tournament for me.”

A Stanley Cup champion in 2011, Seidenberg became an unrestricted free agent when he was bought out by the Bruins over the summer. At first, the decision shocked him, but the shock eventually passed. So far, he’s been holding out for a guaranteed contract, as opposed to a tryout.

The Ottawa Senators are reportedly a potential landing spot.

Seidenberg may not be a full-time, top-four defenseman anymore, but he should still be able to hold down a bottom-pairing role, with the ability to log top-four minutes if there’s an injury.

He’ll get another good look from the scouts on Tuesday when Team Europe opens its best-of-three series with the heavy favorites from Canada. He’s not the only UFA blue-liner on his team, as 34-year-old Christian Ehrhoff is also playing a role, albeit a smaller one.