Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-0) @ Boston Bruins (15-6-2)
ROOT, NESN, RDS – 7:00 pm/et
TD Garden – Boston, MA
It's the top team in the Atlantic versus the top team in the Terrible. It's a rematch of the 2013 Eastern Conference Final. It's black and gold versus black and gold. It should be a good game and another big test for the Penguins.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (12G, 18A: 30P)
Bruins: Milan Lucic (9G, 8A: 17P)
Probable Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-7-0, 1.95 GAA, .923 Sv% )
Bruins: Tuukka Rask (12-5-2, 1.62 GAA, .945 Sv%)
Notes & Lines: "Pens and Bruins"
Penguins: Lost to Montreal Canadiens 3-2.
Bruins: Defeated Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 [OT].
Not sure who made this other than they're a hero and should be given a key to the city.
What Happened Last Time: October 30, 2013 – Pens Won 3-2 [Our Recap]
Got news for you: this is a rivalry. You see the definition right there. You can always blur the lines around what the word “rivalry” means like you can do with “elite,” “dynasty,” or “bisexual.” The Pens have the tried-and-true rivalries with Philadelphia, Washington, and the Rangers, but at this moment, the Bruins are the gatekeepers, and the Pens have to get past them.
NBCSN went balls-out throwing the rivalry storyline at everyone, with Pierre McGuire steering the ship. In his little opening thing, he said the Pens preached getting tougher and more physical. These were the main points the Pens have identified from last year’s playoff loss. Well, the Penguins were tougher and more physical against the Bruins, and it paid off.
They also scored more goals (3) than they did against Tuukka Rask in four games of the ECF (2).
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. He had a very poor night in the face-off circle against Montreal (22% success), so it will be interesting to see how he fares against Bergeron and the rest of the Bruins centers.
Bruins Player(s) to Watch: Zdeno Chara, because he's big so it's nearly impossible to not notice him.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
We really have no choice but to go with this one again.