Boston Bruins (19-4-3) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (21-8-0)
NBC, NHLN-CA, RDS – 12:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
We imagine that someone scheduled this Penguins/Bruins game for 12:30pm on St. Patrick's Day and then laughed.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: March 12, 2013. Penguins won 3-2.
What we said in our recap:
The Eastern Conference's two top bananas got together, and it was fun to watch. We have a feeling we'll be seeing something similar in late May.
This was a big test for the Pens, and they passed, even without Evgeni Malkin. Hell, they did it without Crosby getting on the scoresheet, too. They erased a 2-goal lead in 4 minutes late in the third period and got a clutch performance from Darryl Sutter, who had the game-tying and game-winning goals.
The Pens have now won 6 straight and are playing at the highest level they have all season. Bylsma is pushing all the right buttons, as well. He sat out Despres and Bort for Engo and Eaton, and it worked. Despite falling behind 2-0, the Pens defense only got stronger. They were able to keep the wolves at bay long enough for the offense to wake up.
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What they're saying:
Both teams are coming off big wins against their opponent yesterday. Boston smacked the taste out of Washington's mouth and Pittsbugh shut out the Rangers 3-0.
The key to beating Pittsburgh is to do exactly what the Bruins did against Washington. No team in the NHL can hang with Boston when they start to throw their weight around. Who on Pittsburgh is going to stand up against McQuaid or Thornton or Lucic or Horton?
If you shut down the Crosby line, there's a solid chance you beat the Penguins. They aren't loaded with depth like the Bruins are. James Neal misses the shit out of Malkin and Dustin Jefferies isn't getting the job done at center.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
Boston Bruins Lines:
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Chara – Boychuk
Lines via Daily Faceoff. Guessing on the goalies.