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Wednesday, October 15 (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (1-3-0) at Detroit Red Wings (1-1-0), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins aim to avoid a fourth straight loss on Wednesday evening as they visit the Detroit Red Wings for the second time in less than a week.

The Bruins have followed up a season-opening win over Philadelphia with three straight setbacks, the first time they have lost three in a row in regulation since a four-game skid from March 10-15, 2012.

Boston has allowed two goals or fewer in three of their four games, but has netted just four goals on the season.

Despite those struggles, the Bruins were less than a second away from getting a point on Monday versus Colorado, but the Avalanche's Danny Briere put home a rebound with four-tenths of a second left in regulation to hand Boston a 2-1 setback.

Briere saw Jan Hejda's point shot hit off Bruins backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg and right to his stick as he quickly whipped home a shot. Svedberg made 28 saves in defeat.

"He gave us exactly what we need from our backup goaltender, he gave us a chance to win," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said of Svedberg.

Boston was coming off a 4-0 loss to Washington on Saturday and Loui Eriksson's power-play goal in the second period snapped a 135 minute, 48 second scoring drought for the Bruins. That stretch began following Patrice Bergeron's first- period tally with 7:59 left in the first period of last Thursday's 2-1 loss in Detroit.

The Bruins have lost four in a row and nine of their last 11 versus the Red Wings and Thursday's setback was their fifth straight in Detroit. They haven't won in Motown since March 11, 2007.

Tuukka Rask made 22 saves in last Thursday's loss, falling to 1-5-1 with a 3.30 goals against average and .874 save percentage in seven career starts versus the Red Wings.

Jimmy Howard, meanwhile, turned aside 16 shots for the Red Wings and has an excellent 5-1-0 career record versus the Bruins with a 1.97 GAA and .934 save percentage in six meetings.

Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist scored versus the Bruins as the Red Wings opened up the season with a victory. Nyquist added his second goal in two games on Saturday, a 3-2 loss to Anaheim.

Howard made 23 saves, but was beaten by the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf with 24 ticks left in regulation after the forward stripped Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall of the puck in the right corner.

Luke Glendening also scored for the Red Wings, who conclude a three-game homestand tonight.

"I thought we played well enough to at least go to overtime," said Nyquist. "Unfortunately, they got a goal at the end there."

Boston forward Simon Gagne could make his season debut tonight after signing a one-year deal with the club on Tuesday. Gagne was in camp with the Bruins on a tryout contract.

The 34-year-old Quebec native last played in the NHL during the 2012-13 season with the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He tallied five goals and 11 assists in 38 combined games with the clubs.

10/15 10:34:27 ET