Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pens @ Bruins Game Preview

The Pens are 48-25-6 in the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference at 102 points with a Flyers team not far behind with 101 points. The Bruins have a 47-28-4 recorded in 2nd with 98 points. With a win against the Rangers 2-1 on Sunday, they clinched the Northeast division title.

The Bruins had a mid-season slump and have bounced back nicely going 7-1-1 in their last nine games. Their offense and Thomas leading the way.

The Bruins offense is 3rd in the league behind the Pens and Flyers. Coach Julien has been tinkering with his line combinations over the stretch, but has kept one line intact as of late. That would be the line of Marchand, Bergeron, and Seguin. They have come up big and been hot.

The Bruins have one of the strongest teams at both ends of the ice in the league. That is why they are a deadly team on both ends.

Krejci has been coming on strong and heating up. He as six points (three goals) in his last four games. Look for him to get the Bruins going.

Chara was named NHL's second star of the week. He comes into tonight's game riding a five-game point streak.

Patrice Bergeron scored the game winning goal Sunday for the Bruins against the Rangers. He has 61 points on the season, which is 2nd highest on the team. Though he may not end up on the scoring sheet, he makes his presence known. He has a 59.5 faceoff percent this season and on Sunday's game won seventeen of nineteen faceoffs. It was something to behold. He is also a +36 on the season.
For the Pens there is a steady offensive and great PK player in Staal. He has been averaging a point per game with 25 points in his last 25 games (ten goals and fifteen assist). He has been great on the PK for the Pens and in the faceoff circle.

Geno brings in his own five-game point streak tonight. He has at least a point in eleven of his last twelve games. Has a career best 48 goals on the season and whats to get to 50 goals on the season.

Duper comes in with the NHL-season-high point streak with fourteen games. He has had nineteen in the streak with nine goals and ten assists. He has also reached new career highs this season: 24 goals, 32 assists, 56 points, and eight game winning goals.

Sid is a dominate player in the faceoff circle for the Pens. Look for him to face Bergeron in the faceoff circle.

With a win tonight the Pens could equal the franchise longest consecutive winning streak in Boston (Mar. 29, 1993-Mar. 4, 95). The could also tie the second-highest single-season total wins in franchise history at 49 that occurred in 1995-96 and 2010-11.

Johnson will be between the pipes for the Pens tonight and Turco for the Bruins.


Ben Lovejoy with knee injury

Gregory Campbell with lower body injury
Nathan Horton with concussion
Adam McQuaid with eye laceration
Tuukka Rask with lower abdominal/groin strain


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