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WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017-18 NHL season continues with a doubleheader on Tuesday night. In the early game, the Boston Bruins will host the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. ET. You can watch that game online by clicking here. The Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks will follow.

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Red Wings
Tyler BertuzziHenrik ZetterbergGustav Nyquist
Anthony ManthaDylan LarkinJustin Abdelkader
Darren HelmFrans NielsenAndreas Athanasiou
Luke WitkowskiLuke GlendeningMartin Frk

Jonathan EricssonTrevor Daley
Niklas KronwallMike Green
Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen

Starting goalie: Jimmy Howard

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[Bruins lose McAvoy (knee) for extended period of time]

[AJ Mleczko will serve as an analyst for its NHL game coverage on Tuesday]

Bruins
Brad MarchandRiley NashDavid Pastrnak
Jake DeBruskDavid KrejciRick Nash
Danton HeinenDavid Backes – Brian Gionta
Tim SchallerSean KuralyTommy Wingels

Zdeno CharaBrandon Carlo
Torey KrugNick Holden
Matt GrzelcykKevan Miller

Starting goalie: Anton Khudobin

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    NHL on NBCSN doubleheader: Red Wings vs. Bruins; Capitals vs. Ducks

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    NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017-18 NHL season continues with a doubleheader on Tuesday night. In the early game, the Boston Bruins will host the Detroit Red Wings at 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch that game online by clicking here

    The Red Wings don’t have much left to play for this season, so they’ll have to serve as a spoiler down the stretch. The Wings have dropped three games in a row and they’re coming off a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Detroit is ahead of Montreal, Ottawa and Buffalo in the East right now.

    “It’s an easy time for frustration to build up and there’s nothing wrong with being frustrated now, and [we] should be,” head coach Jeff Blashill said, per NHL.com. “If you’re not, you probably shouldn’t be a competitor. We’ll have to regroup tomorrow and understand there’s not one thing we can do about it except learn from it and be better on Tuesday [at the Boston Bruins] and find a way to win. Winning games is important, and we’ve got to find a way to win Tuesday.”

    Blashill has tweaked his lines over the last couple of games. It sounds like Anthony Mantha will continue to play with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelakder. Tyler Bertuzzi will be with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist, while Frans Nielsen, Andreas Athanasiou and Darren Helm will play together.

    The Bruins have a little more to play for. They currently trail the Lightning by six points in the race for top spot in the Atlantic Division, but they also have three games in hand. Boston has won three games in a row and they own a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games.

    Boston will be without phenomenal rookie blue liner Charlie McAvoy in this one, after he left Saturday’s contest against Montreal early in the first period. The 20-year-old suffered an MCL sprain and he’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

    “We can go in different directions but Carlo is an easy one to slot back in with (Chara) (because) they’ve played together,” said head coach Bruce Cassidy, per the Boston Herald. “Krug was with Miller and (Grzelcyk) was Miller if he goes back in.

    “We are going to keep Holden and he can play left or right. That is something we are going to sort through. We had all seven out there but it is not set in stone what the six are going to be in.”

    In the late game, the Anaheim Ducks will host the Washington Capitals at 10:00 p.m. ET. You can watch that game online by clicking here

    After dominating the Maple Leafs in Saturday’s Stadium Series game, the Caps are now heading on a three-game road trip through California. They’ll play in Anaheim tonight, Los Angeles on Thursday and San Jose on Saturday.

    Saturday’s victory also put Braden Holtby‘s personal six-game losing streak.

    “Mentally, you just want to get back to not thinking, just playing again,” Holtby told the Washington Post. “Focus on the basics that way because it’s really not that far off of where we want to be. So it’s one of those situations that feels really bad, but it’s really not as bad as it seems. It’s not far off. It’s just a little tweak here or there in a game, and those losses turn into wins.”

    Washington is one point ahead of Pittsburgh and two points ahead of Philadelphia for top spot in the Metro Division, but the Caps have two games in hand on the Pens and one game in hand on the Flyers.

    Anaheim’s win over Chicago, on Sunday, allowed the Ducks to move into third place in the Pacific Division. They’ve now won back-to-back games and they have a 8-2-2 record in their last 12 outings.

    “Obviously every point is huge for us,” Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg said after the win over Chicago, per the OC Register. “It doesn’t matter who we go up against. If you don’t go all in and put your best foot forward, you’re not going to win.

    “And I think we definitely got off to a very good start (on Sunday). Our power play got one right off the bat and then we just kind of kept pushing from there.”

    The Ducks will travel to Nashville and Dallas for games on Thursday and Friday, but they’ll play their following four contests at home against three non-playoff teams (St. Louis, Vancouver, Detroit) and the Devils.

    Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

    Bruins lose McAvoy (knee) for extended period of time

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    The Boston Bruins have overcome various injuries throughout this season and they’ll have to do it again for at least another month. On Tuesday, the Bruins announced that Charlie McAvoy has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL. He’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

    The injury occurred early in Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, when a battle between Brendan Gallagher and Zdeno Chara resulted in McAvoy getting tripped. It’s a huge blow for the Bruins, who are already without center Patrice Bergeron for the next couple of weeks.

    “Could have been worse obviously….We’ll be without Charlie for a little bit, we have lots of depth and he will be back…Hopefully he heals quick and keeps his conditioning up,” Bruce Cassidy said after Tuesday’s morning skate.

    McAvoy, 20, has seven goals, 32 points and a plus-26 rating in his first full season with the Bruins. He’s averaging just over 22 minutes of ice time per game in 2017-18.

    Head coach Bruce Cassidy has already mentioned that Brandon Carlo could move up to the top pairing with Zdeno Chara in McAvoy’s absence.

    He also missed four games last month because of a heart condition. Boston went 3-1-0 during that stretch of games.

    Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

    Penguins’ Hornqvist avoids suspension for hit on Bruins’ McAvoy

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    Last night’s Penguins – Bruins game was nasty at times, and not just considering Boston handing an 8-4 drubbing to Pittsburgh.

    [Click here for more on the Bruins blowing out the Penguins.]

    There were some violent moments, which can often happen when a game gets out of hand (especially for a testy team like the Penguins). The most memorable event happened when Zdeno Chara and Jamie Oleksiak had a King Kong vs. Godzilla-style rumble, as covered here.

    Despite the hit not drawing a penalty in-game, some wondered if Patric Hornqvist‘s hard hit on Charlie McAvoy might draw a fine or suspension. That will not be the case, according to Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston.

    Here’s footage of the hit:

    That check inspired another scrum or two, including this bit with McAvoy and Hornqvist, which also included Phil Kessel taking a shot from Chara:

    (What’s next Z? Are you going to tell Kessel that a hot dog is a sandwich?)

    Anyway, it sounds like Hornqvist will avoid supplemental discipline. While his Penguins are sputtering right now, this has been a heck of a week for the gritty scorer, as he signed a big extension with the team shortly after the trade deadline.

    Now, because you’ve been such a good audience, here’s that Chara vs. Oleksiak fight:

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    The Buzzer: Bruins score eight while Hall makes it 23 straight

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    Players of the Night:

    David Krejci, Boston Bruins: In a game that featured 12 goals, it was Krejci who stood out, scoring his first hat-trick in four years as the Bruins doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 8-4.

    Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers: Barkov scored his third game-winning goal of the season in a two-goal game as the Panthers knocked off the New Jersey Devils 3-2. The win put the Panthers to within three points of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Barkov also pushed his personal point streak to four games.

    Viktor Arvidsson, Nashville Predators: There’s no quit in these cats. The Predators won their sixth straight game and Arvidsson played a big role, bringing the Preds level at 2-2 in the second period before scoring the game-winner at the 14:52 mark of the third period. Nashville now leads the Winnipeg Jets by six points for the Central Division lead.

    Highlights of the Night:

    The question is starting to become, will Taylor Hall ever not put up a point again?

    Connor McDavid is a cheat code on an old NES Game Genie:

    Factoids of the Night:

    Scores:

    Panthers 3, Devils 2

    Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1

    Bruins 8, Penguins 4

    Lightning 5, Stars 4 (OT)

    Predators 4, Oilers 2

    Coyotes 5, Wild 3

    Sharks 7, Blackhawks 2

    Kings 5, Blue Jackets 2


    Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck