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Mo 'David's, No Problems philosophy attempts to alleviate recent woes for Bruins and Penguins.

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 8:00 PM, CONSOL Energy Center.

TV Broadcast: NBCSN.

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation Site: PensBurgh

Season Record: Bruins: 19-15-6, 5th in Atlantic Division | Penguins: 24-10-5, 1st in Metropolitan Division

Pens Lines:

David Perron - Sidney Crosby - Steve Downie

Nick Spaling - Evgeni Malkin - Bryan Rust

Chris Kunitz - Brandon Sutter - Beau Bennett

Andrew Ebbett - Marcel Goc - Craig Adams

Defensive Pairings:

Christian Ehrhoff - Kris Letang

Scott Harrington - Robert Bortuzzo

Rob Scuderi - Simon Despres

Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury, Thomas Greiss

IR: Pascal Dupuis, Paul Martin, Blake Comeau, Scott Wilson, Olli Maatta, Patric Hornqvist

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith/ David Pastrnak (!)

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Craig Cunningham

Defensive Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

Game Notes:

  • Both teams have suffered robust IR lists for most of the season. In an effort to kickstart offensive production, Pittsburgh acquired David Perron from Edmonton and Boston recalled AHL superstar David Pastrnak. What are the chances Pasta sees some real playing time? Absolute zero? At Tuesday's practice he skated on David Krejci's line with Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Left winger Perron has been practicing on Crosby's line. He and his right-hand shot will serve as Patric Hornqvist's power play replacement.
  • Brand new Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs shares fan frustration with the state of the Bruins. On Tuesday he said "It's unacceptable the way this team has performed given the amount of time, money and effort that's been spent on this team." He said the season is a "complete failure" if the Bruins miss the playoffs. I expect to see a little more effort from the Bruins tonight because of his bluntness. This is no longer an IR issue or a slump, this is the 2014-2015 Boston Bruins and there are only so many chances to turn it around.
  • Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury leads the league in shutouts with six. His .926 save percentage will challenge Boston's already struggling offense. At least Patrice Bergeron is still good at faceoffs this season, winning 59% to Sidney Crosby's 49.5%. (Bergeron has taken 890 faceoffs, Crosby with 738).
  • The first rule of the loss against the Hurricanes club is you don't talk about the loss against the Hurricanes, but the Bruins were without a single shot on goal for the first 16:55 minutes of the entire game…against the Hurricanes. Tuukka Rask said "maybe mix in a couple beers before the game, relax the nerves. That might be the last option." What's on tap, boys?

NEVER FORGET:

When does it become unacceptable to brag about this? I'll milk it to my very last day. I'm going to retire in Pennsylvania just so I can ask people if they remember the time the Bruins swept the Pens.

Last Game in Fancy stats

The first rule of the loss against the Canes club is you don't talk about the loss against the Canes.