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DETROIT – The Red Wings came into the game against the Bruins in position to take the first wild-card race in the Eastern Conference, setting up a matchup with Pittsburgh. If the Smith family has their preference, that’s how it will stay.
“As my little brother [Reilly] says, they would rather us come in seventh so we don’t have to see them that early,” Detroit defenseman Brenden Smith said before the game his club pinned a 2-1 loss on Boston. “I don’t think my parents want us to play against each other that early. They want to see us later. But it would be fun for me, for myself, just to get that eighth spot to get in would be real exciting.
“That’s all fun and games him saying, ‘Come in seventh, make sure you come in seventh. Don’t come in eighth.’ But we’re going to have so much fun playing each other anyway.”