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Bruins vs. Penguins preview: Pastrnak vs. Crosby

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The NHL’s leading goalscorers go head-to-head on national TV.

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Just the facts

Who: Flightless birds

When: 7:30 PM

Where: PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, PA

How to follow: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Live stream: NBC Sports (requires subscription)

Rival SBN site: Pensburgh

Game notes

Leaders: Sidney Crosby: 21G-11A-32PTS; Evgeni Malkin: 12G-20A-32PTS; Phil Kessel: 10G-21A-31PTS

  • It’s Pastrnak! It’s Crosby! It’s the NHL on NBCSN! When the TV people scheduled this game for a national broadcast, they probably weren’t thinking "leading scorers go head to head," but here we are. Sidney Crosby is first in the league with 21 goals, while Yung Dave is second in the league with 18.
  • Speaking of Crosby, he is Good At Hockey. Crosby has 32 points in 23 (!) games. He’s got goals in four games in a row and ten goals in his last ten games. This should be fun tonight.
  • The Penguins are third in the league standings, a point behind Montreal and Chicago, who are tied at 42 points apiece. The Pens are 8-2-0 in their last ten, and are 12-2-1 at home this year. Again, this should be fun.
  • This is a non-story, but tonight David Backes can get his revenge on Phil Kessel for his Very Disrespectful Tweet.
  • It will be interesting to see what the Bruins do with their lineup tonight. Truthfully, they played a good game in Montreal on Monday night, aside from the defensive shell phase in the third. I’d argue Claude should roll that same lineup out there tonight, but he may decide to rotate Danton Heinen in.

Never forget

Phil!