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Saturday, February 2nd (All times eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (39-10-4) at Boston Bruins (27-19-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will aim for their seventh consecutive victory tonight, when they visit the Boston Bruins for a battle at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Red Wings have by far the best record in the NHL this season with 82 points. Detroit currently holds a 25-point lead over Nashville, the Red Wings nearest competition in the Central Division. The Red Wings are also 14 points ahead of Ottawa in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.

Detroit notched its sixth straight victory on Friday night, as it stifled the visiting Colorado Avalanche, 2-0. Henrik Zetterberg scored with 2:20 left in regulation to break a scoreless tie and Dominik Hasek made 11 of his 15 saves in the third period to record his fourth shutout of the season and 80th of his career.

Kris Draper added an empty-net goal and Pavel Datsyuk registered two helpers to give him assists in five consecutive outings, as the Red Wings notched their third winning streak this season of six games or more.

The Red Wings are playing two straight on the road starting with tonight's test. Detroit has an amazing 18-6-2 record as the visitor this season and has taken three straight and nine of its last 10 road tilts.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have been on a winning streak of their own lately, as they've notched three straight wins and five victories in their last six contests.

Boston's most recent win came Thursday night in Ottawa. Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew each had a goal and an assist to lead Boston over Ottawa, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place.

Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, while All-Star Tim Thomas won his fifth consecutive start by making 30 saves.

Boston currently sits third in the Northeast Division standings with 59 points. The Senators lead the division with 68 points and Montreal is second with 63.

The Bruins are playing two straight and four of their next five tests at home beginning with this evening's outing. Boston is 14-8-3 as the host team this season.

Boston has taken three straight and five of the last seven encounters with the Red Wings and has won the last two meetings in Beantown. However, Detroit hasn't played in Boston since losing an overtime decision on January 10, 2004.

The Red Wings have won seven of their last 10 games in Boston.

02/02 13:42:36 ET

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