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Preview: Bruins (16-9-4) vs. Penguins (15-11-3)

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Ol' pal Phil comes to town with ol' pal Mike Sullivan.

Yeah it's a home game, but those Penguins jerseys are sweeeeeeeeet.
Yeah it's a home game, but those Penguins jerseys are sweeeeeeeeet.
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Just the facts:

When: 8 PM

Where: TD Garden

How to watch: NBCSN (RIVALRY NIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!) Stream it here, as well.

How to listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub, NHL Radio

Rival SBN Site: Pensburgh

Game notes:

The Penguins are a mess right now. They just fired their coaching staff. Pascal Dupuis had to retire. Marc-Andre Fleury and Beau Bennett are out. They just made a trade for Trevor Daley. They started the Mike Sullivan Era by losing 4-1 to Washington. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING!

It's been a tough season for the Penguins thus far. Sidney Crosby only has 6 goals in 29 games. David Perron isn't really pulling his weight offensively. Kris Letang hasn't really been himself, and Chris Kuntiz, Patrick Hornqvist and Matt Cullen haven't really contributed in a meaningful manner.

With all that said, the Pens are still one of the most talent-laden teams in the league. Crosby is still Crosby, regardless of struggles. Evgeni Malkin remains great, with 14-13-27 totals in 29 games. Phil Kessel (Phil!) has nine goals.

One of the keys to tonight's game is Fleury's injury. Sullivan has already said that Fleury won't play tonight, meaning the Bruins should be seeing Jeff Zatkoff. The Pens are just 3-4-3 in their last ten games, and currently sit at 11th place in the East.

The Pens' website actually has a pretty cool infographic preview of tonight's game, worth checking out.

For the Bruins, it's a "get back on track" game after a disappointing result Monday night vs. Edmonton. The effort was there, but the finishing was not. Expect Tuukka Rask to get the start.

With Zac Rinaldo on IR and no AHL transactions made, it's safe to assume Tyler Randell will draw into Rinaldo's place.

Never forget:

This was fun.