April 20th, 2013 by

Bruins continue healing process against Pens

Bruins continue healing process against Pens

The healing process continues.

Several hours after law enforcement captured “Suspect 2” in Watertown during yesterday’s manhunt, the city of Boston is ready and eager to move on with their lives. Once again, the Boston Bruins hope they can help the city breathe a little more easier when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins today at 12:30 at the TD Garden.

This will be the second time in four days where the Bruins hope to give Boston something to cheer about. And for Shawn Thornton, he expects a festive atmosphere on Causeway Street.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of proud people in the stands today,” said the Bruins enforcer. “I don’t expect anything different.”

The only difference the Bruins hope to accomplish from Wednesday night is the result. On the other hand, Saturday’s result, like Wednesday, will be secondary even as the B’s and Pens prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Gametime: 12:30 p.m.
Location: TD Garden
TV/Radio: NESN Plus/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (26-11-5, 57 points), Penguins (33-10-0, 66 points)

Bruins’ projected lineup

*Subject to change*

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-David Krejci-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Nathan Horton
Rich Peverley-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Penguins’ projected lineup

Chris Kunitz-Jussi Jokinen-Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow-Pascal Dupuis-Beau Bennett
Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Brooks Orpik-Kris Letang
Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen
Mark Eaton-Simon Despres

Marc-Andre Fleury
Tomas Vokoun

Bruins to watch

Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly seem to be clicking at the right time, so let’s shadow the duo. It’s no secret that Paille is the favorite to win the annual “7th Player Award” as he’s been performing above and beyond all expectations with 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in 40 games and would be on pace for nearly 20 goals in an 82-game season. It’s the little things, however, that makes Paille stand out from his speed to his defense and his penalty kill, but recently he’s adding a nice scoring touch to his repertoire.

After missing several game sto a broken tibia, Kelly is starting to find a groove with Paille. The veteran had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s loss and could easily build on that with Paille.

Finally, Carl Soderberg should be making his long-awaited debut with the Black and Gold. In 60 games with Linkoping HC the 27-year old led the Swedish Elite League in goals with 31, but it’s his mean streak that Bruins fans are talking about. Because of that, Milan Lucic, who has severely underachieved in 2013, will be watching from the press box.

Penguins to watch

Prior to this week’s surreal events, many Bruins fans had this date circled because of one person: Jarome Iginla. While his appearance is secondary with today’s game, we’ll still shadow him. Since he came to Pittsburgh from Calgary – after Peter Chiarelli and company thought they had won the “Iginla sweepstakes” – the longtime Flames forward has six points in eight games with the Penguins. Those are certainly pretty good stats, but one wonders if they could be better if or when Sidney Crosby (oral surgery) and Evgeni Malkin (upper body) return to the lineup after they heal from their respective injuries.

Bruins linkage

It’s safe to say that Boston is breathing easy again after last night’s surreal events (ESPN Boston)

CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty says Bruins fans are resting easier after Chiarelli acquired Jaromir Jagr over Iginla.

Penguins linkage

PensBurgh asks three questions to fellow SB Nation Blog Stanley Cup of Chowder.

Tweets of interest

With the purchase of these Boston Strong shirts, all proceeds will benefit the “Boston One Fund” (@ESPNJoeyMac)

Here’s Pens coach Dan Blysma supporting that same Boston Strong shirt during his pregame interview (@NaokoFunayama)

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