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Bruins brace for a visit by Red Wings

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Before the Blackhawks faced the Kings in the Western Conference Finals last season, the Red Wings took Chicago to seven games before bowing out, putting a scare into the eventual Stanley Cup champions. Now, with realignment, the Red Wings have moved east — and have become a significant stumbling block as the Bruins attempt to defend their Eastern Conference title.

“I think they’re an elite team,” coach Claude Julien said. “They always have been.

“They’re a good, experienced team. They’re a smart team, they play a good, smart game. That’ll certainly bring an element of an even bigger challenge for all the teams in our conference right now to add them in there.”

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