What’s that saying again? That’s why they play the games.
Exhibit A: Jimmy Howard.
Exhibit B: Detroit Red Wings.
Exhibit C: Boston Bruins.
Detroit can clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth for the 25th consecutive season with a win against the Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS, FS-D, NESNplus). At the same time, the Bruins could move to the brink of elimination with a regulation loss coupled with a Philadelphia Flyers win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.