Gameday 28 – Bruins

Boston Bruins (16-7-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (16-7-4)

7:00 pm/et

TV: ROOT, NESN

Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

The defending Stanley Cup champions roll into Pittsburgh for their first meeting with the Penguins this season. The Bruins are as hot as it gets right now. They have only lost once in their last 14 games. That included a 10-game winning streak. They've also won their last three straight. This will be two of the top teams in the East going at it and quite the test for the Penguins.

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Both Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek have concussions. Deryk Engelland is day-to-day. Alexandre Picard has been called up.

How many times will we hear about Matt Cooke tonight?

Season Series: 0-0-0.

Last meeting that counted: March 5, 2011. Penguins won 3-2 [OT].

What we said in our recap:

The Pens took the early punches from the Bruins. Then they punched back. Then they fell down. Then they got up and knocked the Bruins out. For Pittsburgh sports fans jumping into the Penguins season right now, this is how it's been for the past two months or so.

This game absolutely should not have gone to overtime, but the Penguins could not finish the Bruins off. And give credit to the Bruins because they made the Pens pay. Actually we will not give credit to the Bruins because Mark Recchi held Michalek's stick on the game-tying goal. Total bullshit.

With the Pens shell-shocked and ball-shocked from the Bruins tying the game with under a minute to play, Dustin Jeffrey stepped up and scored one of the biggest goals of the season.

Know Your Enemy: Days of Y'Orr.

What they're saying:

I mean, I can't really hate on the Pens. I don't hate them like I do every Northeast Division team, half of the Southwest and the Flyers. When you're in the same division as the Flyers, you're bound to be the good guys. That's not to say that I want to sit on Malkin's face because they do have their fair share of bad guys. The ultimate NHL heel is Matt Cooke. We all know what Cooke did to Savard. There's no need to rehash it now.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Penguins.NHL.com:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen – Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin – Alex Picard
Simon Despres – Robert Bortuzzo

Marc-Andre Fleury

Boston Bruins Lines from Empty Netters:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas

Favorite Boston Bruins Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:

It's a big game and it's likely going to be an entertaining one. Whenever the defending champs are the opponent, they represent a good measuring stick. When the champs are as hot as they are right now, it's an even bigger game. The Bruins are 9-0-1 in their last 10. The Pens are 6-3-1.  The Bruins have 33 points in 24 games.  The Penguins have 36 points in 27 games. It's gonna be big and it's gonna be exciting.  

I don't think so Tim.

Do It.

Go Pens.

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