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Today on NBC: Red hot Bruins look to keep rolling against hot Wings

Nov 25, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

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Who knew the first ever Thanksgiving Showdown would come with so much instant drama? The Boston Bruins take their 10-game winning streak back home to take on the Red Wings (1 p.m. ET on NBC) who are looking to nail down their fourth straight win and get back on top of the Central Division.

By now, you know all about what makes the Bruins tick. Tim Thomas locks it all down in goal while Tyler Seguin provides the offensive spark and guys like Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara bring the physical pain. They also run about three lines of scoring ability at you and can pester and frustrate anyone into madness (hello, Brad Marchand). When you’re a defending Stanley Cup champion you can do these things.

Detroit, meanwhile, has gotten their act together thanks to the play of Jimmy Howard. Howard’s turned into one of the league’s top goalies with a goals against average under 2.00 and a dogged ability to just keep making saves when needed. Howard having Tim Thomas as a role model has helped too. The Wings’ offense has also picked things up of late with Johan Franzen leading the way with 10 goals.

Having guys like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg (even in spite of his slump this season), and Nicklas Lidstrom provide backup is kind of nice too.

You couldn’t really ask for more though with two of the league’s best teams playing some of the best hockey of late squaring off in an afternoon matinee in front of the whole world. The stage is lit boys, now make it count.

[See also: The last time Detroit and Boston got together on NBC]

  1. pftbillsfan - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    squaring off in front if the whole world…cue the violin and harps. more likely a few hundred thousand people or about 1/15000th of the average nfl preseason game, because hockey has reverted to pre lockout drivel.

    • gallyhatch - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:34 AM

      The game is doing ok in my opinion (provided the league shows some more consistency with some of its rulings/disciplinary actions), if the majority of people don’t think so, that’s fine with me, there will be less competition for tickets to games.

      & regarding the ‘in front of the whole world’ nonsense, it’s an NBC website plugging an NBC game, this sort of hype is par for the course.

    • pastabelly - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Bruins-Canucks game 7 tv ratings were as high as any for an NHL game in the US since 1973. So, basically, you are full of it.

      • gallyhatch - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

        I don’t know pastabelly, those #s are pretty convincing to me. According to pftbillsfan’s logic, the average NFL preseason games has about 4.5 billion viewers. How can you argue with that?

  2. 8man - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    It’s a damn shame the Wings can’t wear their all red AND the Bruins don their all black for this one. That would be glorious to watch. As is, I’m geeked. This is kind of like watching a couple of conference leaders in the NFL square off. Original Six hockey, good stuff.

    I guess the only thing that could make this better is if Cindy Crosby were celebrating her return to hockey in between periods by riding the Zamboni. Yeah, that would be great.

  3. pftbillsfan - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I love the nhl just wish it would return to 05-06 like style of play, skilled guys shining, and cheap shots largely null because of game speed.

    • pastabelly - Nov 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

      As I wrote earlier in the thread, the game is getting very popular again and people enjoy the hard hitting and the Finals ratings on NBC were huge, despite having a team from Canada in it. As for the physical game, most hockey fans love it. It’s part of the game. If Shanahan continues to do his job and gets rid of the head shots, the game will continue to move forward. What is great for hockey right now is that all of the Original Six seem to be doing well.

  4. pftbillsfan - Nov 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    actually Im not, no NHL game had even half the share including the winter classic of the least viewed nfl oreseason game…source Nielson ratings.

  5. bobgmang - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    The RedWings win over Boston,in a great original six game. GO REDWINGS!!!!!

  6. velocettereed - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Great to see hockey on TV again. Love hearing the National Anthem before games. Nice to hear Crosby is back, love the hitting sure wish they could come up with a helmet that could alleviate the concussions.

  7. jpelle82 - Nov 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    who cares? sidney crosby doesnt play for either of these teams so why bother watching…

  8. carol6645 - Nov 25, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    The RED HOT WINGS did it! Happy day!! Way to go Bertuzzi! Great goal!

    If Canadian players were on 1 great team we’d rule the NHL!! The HELLifax Heralds!

  9. carol6645 - Nov 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Except for US goalies your Big Bad Bruins are CANADIANS! Must make you cringe!
    Makes me HAPPY like this Penguins game tonite!! They are mostly all Canadians too!
    I knew many were Canadians but after surfing the team rosters, they reign supreme!
    Buffalo has the least, so there you go.
    You smart guys know everything? but I will study until I know more than you!

    Give me some credit! As if I really care! I’m Happy! See? :)

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