NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: Live Play-by-Play Analysis of Red Wings vs. Bruins

Stefan KubusAnalyst INovember 23, 2011

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 3:  Ice level view of the faceoff between Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings and Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins on November 3, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The inaugural NHL Thanksgiving Showdown takes place Friday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET in Boston, as the Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings. The league is hoping to turn this into a successful, annual event, much like they did with the New Year's Day Winter Classic.

The all-time series record between these Original Six teams is extremely close, with the Red Wings having won 248 games, the B's having won 235, along with 95 ties.  

Last season, the Red Wings and Bruins met twice in a home-and-home series in February. Detroit took both games, clobbering Boston 6-1 in the first and then closing a 4-2 win just two days later back at home.

Sophomore sensation Tyler Seguin is off to a blazing-hot start, with 11 goals and 21 points through 20 games. One more goal and two more points would set career-highs already for the young Seguin.

Red Wings All-Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Johan Franzen are leading the way in Detroit, with top guns Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg struggling to find any consistency right now.  

This should surely be an excellent showdown of two highly-competitive clubs, the first and only meeting between the two.

Will Datsyuk and Zetterberg finally break out of their slump? Will Seguin continue to soar, while setting career highs on Friday? Coming into the Thanksgiving Showdown, the scorching-hot Bruins are currently riding a ten-game winning streak. Can the Red Wings win their fourth in a row, and extinguish Boston's fire? 

Bookmark this page and, come Friday, be sure to log on, as all these questions will soon be answered. I'll be blogging live during the game, providing instant play and score updates, as well as live analysis of all the action! 

Who do you think will take this one? Let's hear some opinions!