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Bruins vs Penguins Preview: Sidney Who?

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Pasta for dinner tonight?

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, TD Garden.

TV Broadcast: NBCSN, NESN, ROOT.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: PensBurgh

Season Record: Bruins: 13-9-0, 3rd in Atlantic Division | Penguins 13-4-2, 1st in Metropolitan Division

Pens Lines:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Blake Comeau

Nick Spaling - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist

Beau Bennett - Brandon Sutter - Steve Downie

Zach Sill - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defensive Pairings:

Paul Martin - Kris Letang

Olli Maatta - Christian Ehrhoff

Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres

Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury, Thomas Greiss

IR: Pascal Dupuis

Bruins Lines: (from morning skate)

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Milan Lucic - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne

Jordan Caron - Alexander Khokhlachev - David Pastrnak

Defensive Pairings:

Dennis Seidenberg - Torey Krug

Matt Bartkowski - Kevan Miller

Joe Morrow - Dougie Hamilton

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

IR: Zdeno Chara, David Warsofsky, Adam McQuaid, David Krecji

Game Notes:

  • One of last years Chowder previews says "after a difficult loss to the Habs, let's see how the Bruins turn this one around." The Bruins won that game in a 3-2 thriller. Maybe the Bruins will bounce back like that again.
  • The Penguins are coming off of back-to-back losses against the Islanders. The Bruins are coming off of a loss against the Habs. I can't decide who has momentum here.
  • Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is hot right now, averaging 2.1 GA and a .926 save percentage.
  • "I don't think we can focus on when this guy's coming back, because then we can lose our focus and our focus needs to be playing our hockey and grinding it out," said Tuukka Rask. He's right, and the Bruins have to get in front of the net and get more shots off.
  • I'm excited to see where Claude Julien puts David Pastrnak. Bruins also recalled Jordan Caron, so expect the lines above to be jumbled around a little. EDIT: After the morning skate, it looks like a Caron-Koko-Pasta line.

NEVER FORGET:

I live in Pennsylvania and I probably bring this series up about twice a week.

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