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  • Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Penguins


    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Penguins

    Chris Chirichiello February 24, 2016

    The Boston Bruins returned home after a successful 4-2-0 road trip only to be beaten by the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 at TD Garden.

    The Black and Gold played catch up hockey all night long and it was too much to overcome as they dropped to 12-15-3 on Causeway Street.

    Now, the B’s will turn their attention to a team that is chasing them in the standings-the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    The Penguins are coming in off a win against the Sabres 4-3 and own a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 contests. But, Boston has the Penguins number this season as they beat them in both contests outscoring Pittsburgh 9-2. Tuukka Rask stopped 64 of 66 shots in the two victories.

    Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
    Records: Bruins 32-22-6 (70 points), Penguins 30-20-8 (68 points)
    TV/Radio: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    Loui Eriksson-David Krejci- David Pastrnak
    Matt Belesky-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes
    Zac Rinaldo-Max Talbot-Landon Ferraro

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
    Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Penguins projected lines

    Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Patric Hornqvist
    Carl Hagelin-Matt Cullen-Phil Kessel
    Tom Kuhnhackl-Oskar Sundqvist-Bryan Rust
    Scott Wilson-Kevin Porter-Conor Sheary

    Olli Maatta-Kris Letang
    Brian Dumoulin-Trevor Daley
    Derrick Pouliot-Ian Cole

    Marc-Andre Fleury
    Jeff Zatkoff

    Matchup to watch: Zdeno Chara vs. Sidney Crosby


    (After a slow start to the season, Sidney Crosby has been red-hot of late. Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)

    This may be the biggest match up of the night. We all know how talented Crosby is and for what it’s worth, Crosby only has 11 goals in 29 career games against the Black and Gold. That is largely in part to the physicality and play of Zdeno Chara, but as of late, the 38 year-old hasn’t looked like himself.

    The six-foot-nine defenseman is having a tough year. He has been on the ice for a lot more goals than we are accustomed to seeing while making mental mistakes in his own end. He is certainly a few steps slower, but that cannot happen on Wednesday night with Crosby coming to town.

    Chara is a veteran and knows he has his hands full, but he needs to play one of his best games in recent memory if they want to salvage two points against a team trimming at their heels in the standings.

    The Slovakian defenseman must set the tone right out of the gate and give Crosby little space and shooting lanes which he has done in recent matchups against the superstar.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins win against a quality opponent at home?


    (The Bruins will look to get back to their winning ways at home tonight against the Penguins. Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)

    The B’s home record isn’t a secret anymore. Their struggles are evident and inexcusable on home ice for the talent they trot out there on a nightly basis.

    If Claude Julien’s team wants to stay afloat in the Eastern conference, a higher urgency needs to take place because what is happening in 2015-2016 just isn’t enough.

    Home fans are becoming restless with the losses especially to inferior talent as we saw on Monday night against the Blue Jackets.

    Boston has two wins against the Penguins this season including a 3-0 win at TD Garden earlier this year. Let’s see if the B’s can make it three straight and actually notch a victory for the home crowd.

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