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Preview: Bruins finish road trip, season series against the Penguins tonight

The Bruins face the Penguins for the last regular season match-up.

Boston Bruins v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7:00 PM

Where: PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA

How to follow: NESN+, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: PensBurgh

Know your enemy

  • 32-14-3, 67 points, first in the East Division
  • Sidney Crosby: 48GP, 20G, 36A, 56PTS; Jake Guentzel: 49GP, 21G, 31A, 52PTS; Bryan Rust: 49GP, 20G, 19A, 39PTS; Kris Letang: 48GP, 7G, 32A, 39PTS
  • Tristan Jarry: 21-8-3, 2.70 GAA, .911 save percentage

Game notes

  • Tonight is the last game of the Bruins’ five-game road trip and the last meeting of the regular season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins are 4-3 against the Penguins going into this game. Only one game has been decided by overtime, a Bruins’ 3-2 win on January 26. Including that win, three of the match-ups have been one-goal games.
  • In Pittsburgh, the Bruins are 1-2 against the Pens. The Bs are 13-8-3 overall on the road this season.
  • The Bruins fell 1-0 to Pittsburgh on Sunday, despite another strong performance by Jeremy Swayman who stopped 28 shots. Jake Guentzel scored the Penguins’ lone goal early in the third. Patrice Bergeron drew the only penalty of the game with under two minutes to play. Tristan Jarry made 29 saves in the Pens’ win.
  • Cassidy started shuffling around the bottom six forwards during Sunday’s game with as they’ve been struggling to produce. In the last four games, one goal has been scored from the bottom six. That group also only has helpers on three goals during that time span. Sean Kuraly has the most points from the two lines, registering two assists.
  • On this road trip, the Bruins’ third line of Nick Ritchie, Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk only registered one goal out of 11. Scoring has been an issue for the snake-bitten line regardless of these last few games. In the regular season’s home stretch, the third and fourth line look like they will be shaken up to try to get anything going at this point.
  • Yesterday’s practice gives us some insight on how lines tonight might play out. During the skate, Coyle and DeBrusk split time on the third line’s right wing, centered by Kuraly along with Ritchie. The fourth line consisted of Trent Frederic on the left, Curtis Lazar at center and Chris Wagner and Karson Kuhlman taking reps on the right.
  • Frederic hasn’t played since April 6, but based on those lines, it looks like his return could be now. Frederic had a rough go-at-it before losing his place in the lineup due to illness and then the chemistry of the fourth line grooving. In his last 15 games, he registered one goal on March 16, which was his last point.
  • Tuukka Rask will likely get the start tonight. He has only appeared in one game against Pittsburgh this season which was the January 26 OT win. On the other hand, it will probably be Jarry in net for the Penguins. Jarry is 4-0 in his last four starts and hasn’t seen a regulation loss since March 18. He is 2-1-1 against the Bruins this year, and 2-0 against them in Pittsburgh.
  • The playoff race is closing in with seven to nine games left for each of the top five teams in the East. The Bruins still have two games in hand over the New York Rangers, but are now only four points ahead of them for the last spot. Positioning is still wide open, as a lot can happen for any of those teams during these last games.

See ya tonight!