The Bruins will have their hands full on Tuesday night at TD Garden, but it will not matter conference wise as the home team locked up the number two seed in the East in this years Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night when they beat the New York Rangers in New York 2-1.
For the Pittsburgh Penguins this game has playoff implications on the line as the Pens are clinging to the number four seed with 102 points, just one point ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Those same two teams meet Saturday in Pittsburgh to wrap up the season in what is almost guaranteed to be a first round Stanley Cup playoff match-up preview
The Penguins could potentially meet the Boston Bruins in a second round match-up so the Bruins want to make a statement as well, but they will have to do it without Tim Thomas. Thomas gets the night off and won’t even dress for tonight’s tilt as Marty Turco and his bright yellow pads will get the start in between the pipes for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Anton Khudobin to back-up Turco
Anton Khudobin has finally recovered from his injury and is up with the big club tonight backing up Turco. Turco is riding a two-game winning streak. Khudobin went 21-19-3 this season for the Providence Bruins. Khudobin also finished the AHL season with a 2.61 goals against average, and a .919 save percentage.
Krug to make NHL debut
Rookie defenseman Torey Krug will make his NHL debut tonight versus the powerhouse Penguins. The former Michigan State Captain was signed by the Bruins last week after his Spartans were knocked out of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. The Michigan native led the Spartans in goals (12) and points (34)
Campbell returns, McQuaid still sits
After missing Sunday’s win in New York against the Rangers due to a mild injury suffered when he blocked a shot in Saturday’s victory over the New York Islanders, Gregory Campbell returns to the lineup tonight. Although he is feeling better after taking a big hit from Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera last Thursday against the Capitals, McQuaid will sit out once again. Tonight marks the third straight game Adam McQuaid will sit out as his cut above his eye continues to heal. Jordan Caron will also miss tonight’s game with the flu.
Khudobin ready when called upon (Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com)
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