The Boston Bruins have caught a few breaks for tonight’s all-important game against Detroit.
The Red Wings will be down the services of three — and possibly four — of their regular forwards as Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Jurco and Erik Cole have all been ruled out of action.
Riley Sheahan, who missed Tuesday’s game against Ottawa with an upper-body injury, will need to be medically cleared in order to rejoin the lineup.
On a bright note, the Wings will return the services of Drew Miller, who won’t miss any time after suffering a nasty skate cut to the face against the Senators. Miller, who was cut for 60 stitches across his face and forehead, didn’t suffer any eye damage — somewhat amazingly — and looks as though he’ll play in his usual fourth-line role this evening.
While most are focused on Boston’s ramifications for Thursday’s tilt, the game has significance for Detroit as well. The B’s could draw even with the Wings on 93 points with a win and, while Detroit would remain ahead on the tiebreaker, Boston would have four more games to try and secure third in the Atlantic Division.