Boston Bruins (17-3-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (18-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, NESN, TSN, RDS – 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
There's a big game feel tonight with the Big Bad Bruins in town.
The Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Boston Bruins. The 2009 Stanley Cup Champions versus the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. Black and gold (beige?) versus black and gold. The Pensblog versus Days of Y'Orr. Matt Cooke versus a team and a city that hates Matt Cooke. Okay, most teams and cities hate Matt Cooke, but you get our point. It's a big game.
You can tell how big it is by checking out the list of TV stations that are airing this game in various North American locations. It's on pretty much every channel, except for ESPN obviously. They're probably showing footage of NBA players talking about NFL quarterbacks or something.
Also, DOY has a pregame show at 6:30. Watch it. We have no idea what they're going to do, but we can pretty much guarantee that it will be better than whatever ROOT Sports shows.
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last meeting that counted: April 3, 2012. Penguins won 5-3.
What we said in our recap:
The Penguins walked into the Bruins' part of town and shit on their porch. It was a nice recovery win in the wake of the Penguins/Flyers fallout. It wasn't exactly pretty, either, but it does the job. The Pens are very much in line to take home the #4 seed in the East. And that is the focus now that the Rangers have clinched the #1 seed.
Know Your Enemy: Days of Y'Orr
What they're saying:
But the Bruins can't take this team lightly. Sure, they're the NHL's poster child for the most bi-polar squad to ever hit the ice – and yes, they couldn't kill a penalty if you tied the penalty up to a chair and gave the PK a bazooka – and yes they have Marc Andre Fleury in net who is either Patrick Roy or that fat kid who is put in goal during recess because he takes up 3/4th of the net but moves like a slug covered in salt.
You never know if you're going to get the MAF who pitches a shutout or the Ilya Bryzgalov-esque Fleury who lets in 5 goals (2 of them soff).
But then you realize they have Sidney Crosby and he's the best in the world. Seriously, let's call a spade a spade here. The dude is good and isn't the crybaby most teams like to make him out to be. The guy leads the league in points and assists and because of him Chris Kunitz is second in the NHL in goals.
Chris. Fucking. Kunitz.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
Boston Bruins Lines:
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Chara – Boychuk
Lines via Daily Faceoff. Not sure about Rask. He played last night.