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Penguins v Bruins Preview, Jan 22nd

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The birds are circling.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Time & Place: 3pm ET, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh

Where to Watch: NHLN-US, SN, ROOT, NESN

Quick Thoughts: Oh lord, help.

In all seriousness, this is not a good time for the Bruins to be facing the Penguins. With speculation about Claude Julien's position spreading and the B's defence broken, facing probably the best player in the world and not one, but two of the best OTHER forwards in the NHL is...not optimal.

The B's travel to Pittsburgh still unsure of what they are, on a three game losing streak. Lines in practice suggest that they'll be unchanged from last game's 1-0 loss v Chicago, which is an interesting choice. If nothing else it means Jimmy Hayes remains a scratch, although in practice yesterday he was rotating with David Backes on the right side of the third forward line.

For the Pens, meanwhile, they're on a streak and coming off a 7-1 win against the Hurricanes. These are two teams that couldn't be feeling any different about the way things are going right now, frankly.

Chowder coverage will be settling for the game as usual, in the hope that the B's can pull off something of a shock.

But we're not hopeful.