Bruins vs. Penguins Preview: Will the game still go on?

Vincent Pugliese

What's been one of those most anticipated games in Boston ever since the Jarome Iginla debacle may or may not happen tonight. But here's a preview anyway.

Just the Facts

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden, Boston, MA. TV Broadcast: NESN, NHL Network, TSN2, RDS. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Records: Bruins (26-11-5, 57 points, fourth in the East) vs. Penguins (33-10-0, 66 points, first in the East)

The Other Side's SB Nation Site: PensBurgh

Get Tickets here: Boston Bruins Tickets

Pens projected lines:

Cooke - Sutter - Kennedy
Jokinen - Iginla - Kunitz
Glass - Vitale - Adams
Morrow - Bennett - Dupuis

Orpik - Letang
Niskanen - Murray
Eaton - Despres

Fleury

Bruins projected lines:

Marchand - Bergeron - Seguin
Campbell - Krejci - Paille
Soderberg - Kelly - Jagr
Horton - Peverley - Thornton

Chara - Redden
Seidenberg - Boychuk
Ference - McQuaid

Rask

Preview:

So today's the day. People like our very own Erin Cozens (ecozens) are travelling from far and wide to see Jarome Iginla vs. the collective rage of a bazillion Bruins fans, to see Jaromir Jagr face off against the Penguins and for the Bruins rather than the reverse.

And whether the game will be played or not is still a huge question mark.

Let's assume it is, though - primarily because the consideration of another cancelled game is a nightmare as far as scheduling goes. The rescheduled Bruins-Senators game is already happening a day after the season ends for the rest of the league; when would a rescheduled Bruins-Penguins game even happen? Anyways.

The Penguins are absolutely ruining the East right now. they're 8-2-0 in their last 10, and have won five straight games. Their last loss came against Buffalo (oh hey, fancy that?) on April 3rd, which at this point feels like forever ago.

On the Bruins side - tonight could see the debut of Carl Soderberg. So I invented some lines and they're probably all wrong, but whatever. Based on practice yesterday, we're apparently going to see a Soderberg-Kelly-Jagr line whenever he starts for the Bruins, so take that, Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin, and basically put the rest of the forwards in a random line shuffler. Some combination of those seven players will eventually come out right, probably.

The last time these two teams met, it was ugly. In fact, the Bruins have only won something like one game against the Penguins in the last two years. Hopefully that changes tonight.

Puck drops at seven. Don't miss it - we're giving out lots of prizes during the public skate tonight.

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