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WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings

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The Bruins and Red Wings will meet for the fourth and final time this season tonight on NBCSN, but you can also watch via the live stream link below.

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Some useful linkage for tonight’s affair:

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Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

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Get your game notes: Bruins at Red Wings

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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).

Bruins want to re-sign Iginla, but must wait

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 18: Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 18, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It seems it’s a matter of when — not if — Jarome Iginla re-ups with the Boston Bruins.

The 36-year-old veteran, signed to a one-year deal last summer and currently leading the team in goals, has reportedly had preliminary discussions with GM Peter Chiarelli for a new contract, but is required to wait until just before July 1st to make any signing official.

Here’s more, from the Boston Herald:

“It’s a function of cap space and ongoing multiple-year contracts,” Chiarelli said before his team’s 4-3 shootout win against the Flyers. “So it would have to wait ’til a minute after free agency begins (July 1). It’s an anti-inflationary thing. Basically it restricts you from going overboard on your future contracts. It prevents you from spending money you haven’t got.”

The B’s have $62.579 million committed for 2014-15, but the salary cap is expected to rise to just more than $70 million. Money will be tight, but getting Iginla re-signed is a priority for Chiarelli.

“He’s been terrific for us,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a veteran guy, he plays our brand of hockey and he fits in seamlessly with that first line. He’s been everything we thought he’d be — everything and more. I know Looch (Milan Lucic) and Krech (David Krejci) look up to him. There’s a good synergy on that line.”

Iginla signed an incentive-laden deal with the B’s last summer — his base salary is $1.8 million and, according to CapGeek, and he’s earned $3.7 million of a potential $4.2 million in performances bonuses. He could earn up to another $500,000 if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup.

The former Flames captain has been arguably the best free agent signing from last year’s class. Over the weekend, Iginla hit the 30-goal plateau, becoming just the 19th player in NHL history to score 30 at the age of 36 or older. What’s more, Iginla also tied Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur on the all-time scoring list, with 560 career tallies.

 

Discuss: Bruins hold off late-surging Flyers 4-3 in shootout

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The Boston Bruins fought off a late-charging Philadelphia Flyers team to win 4-3 in the shootout.

Tuukka Rask stopped four out of five shooters in the shootout and made 49 saves to pace the Bruins. Reilly Smith ended the shootout in the fifth round with his goal against Steve Mason to give the Bruins their 15th win in the past 16 games and their ninth consecutive win on the road.

The Bruins got goals from former Flyer Andrej Meszaros, Zdeno Chara, and Patrice Bergeron. The Flyers got two goals from Vincent Lecavalier, including his game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in the third period. Kimmo Timonen added a goal and Mason stopped 27 shots.

Here are some talking points to take with you into the comments…

— Zdeno Chara scored his 10th power play goal of the season in the second period and did so by being parked around the net. If you’re a goalie, you’ll wake up in cold sweats thinking about that playing out over and over again.

— Yes, it was a big day for Lecavalier. Not bad for a guy playing on the fourth line, right? Check out his 400th career goal from the first period.

— We haven’t seen Jarome Iginla’s feisty side in a while. All it took was a big hit from Zac Rinaldo to help do that as the two dropped the gloves in the first period.

— The Flyers put up 52 shots on goal against the Bruins. The Bruins piled up 30 of their own. Whoever said offense is dead was merely dead wrong.

If you missed any of the action, here are the highlights from this afternoon’s thriller:

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers

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The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers may be the hottest teams in the NHL right now. They’re also teams that don’t exactly play nicely with each other.

The Bruins have won 14 of the past 15 games and have already won the Atlantic Division title securing a spot as one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. They may be the most complete team in the East as well with top-flight players like Tuukka Rask in goal, Zdeno Chara on defense, and Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron up front.

Bergeron especially is dangerous because he’s scoring goals (26 this season) and more than capable of shutting down the opponents top scorers.

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Doing that against the Flyers means shutting down Claude Giroux. The Flyers captain has 21 points in 13 games during March and has thrust himself into the discussion for league MVP. Philly has won nine of the past 13 games and has seen the offense carrying the load for them thanks to Giroux and Wayne Simmonds.

Could this be a playoff preview? If it is, that means they’d likely have to face off in the Eastern Conference Final to make it happen.