Boston Bruins 52 pts (23-10-6)
Pittsburgh Penguins 45 pts (21-19-3)
7:30 p.m. ET
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA
Radio:98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Date Game GWG
11/24 PIT 3 @ BOS 4 David Pastrnak
1/7 BOS @ PIT
3/1 PIT @ BOS
David Pastrnak, 35 Points Phil Kessel, 45
Brad Marchand, 16 Goals Phil Kessel, 17
David Pastrnak, 20 Assists Phil Kessel, 28
The Boston Bruins are right back at it tonight after beating up on the Carolina Hurricanes. They will play their final game before their five-day bye week at the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Bruins took down the Pens 4-3 back on November 24 thanks to goals from David Krejci, Matt Grzelcyk, Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak. Anton Khudobin made 20 saves for the win, but he will not play tonight after getting the start in Carolina.
Tuukka Rask will start tonight. He is 9-6-2 with a 2.30 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 career games versus Pittsburgh.
Outside of the goaltending swap, we can’t imagine why Bruce Cassidy would make any other lineup changes coming off of last night’s 7-1 win.
The Bruins lost both games at the PPG Paints Arena last year, but have had quite a bit of success against the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions going 9-1-2 in their last 12 games versus the Penguins.
Probable Bruins Lineup
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask (14-8-3, 2.09 GAA, .925 save %, 2 SO)
D-Adam McQuaid (leg) out
Probable Penguins Lineup
Dominik Simon - Sidney Crosby - Daniel Sprong
Carl Hagelin - Evgeni Malkin - Patric Hornqvist
Conor Sheary - Jake Guentzel - Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl - Riley Sheahan - Ryan Reaves
Olli Maatta - Kris Letang
Ian Cole - Justin Schultz
Matt Hunwick - Jamie Oleksiak
Tristan Jarry (7-3-2, 2.17 GAA, .928 save %, 2 SO)
D-Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) out, LW-Bryan Rust (upper-body) out, C-Carter Rowney (upper-body) day-to-day, D-Brian Dumoulin (concussion) day-to-day