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Game 10: Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins Lines, Preview

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Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:

Boston Bruins (8-1-0, 16 pts) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (4-4-1, 8 pts)

TIME: 8 P.M. ET, PPG Paints Arena

TV: ESPN, ESPN+

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

If you’re a hockey bettor then you will know that this is what is called a situational bet in the handicapping world. The Boston Bruins, the hottest team in the NHL, go into Pittsburgh riding an emotional high after Linus Ullmark made 30 saves for his first shutout and David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over the Blue Jackets Friday in the second game of a four-game roadie.

Does that sound familiar? If so, that’s because the Bruins find themselves in a very similar situation as they did on Friday. While they won’t be playing in the tail end of a back-to-back tonight, they are once again playing what should be a very desperate team in the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins come into this tilt riding a four-game losing streak after starting the season at 4-0-1. They will be a motivated bunch as they try to snap out of this early funk.

“I expect a hard game,” Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told the media after his team’s morning skate Tuesday. “I’ve never been in this building and had an easy first 10 minutes. And when you have a leader like [Sidney] Crosby, someone that pushes the pace, usually starts the game – after what they’ve been through. I think they’ve got an unreal coach [Mike Sullivan], so they’re going to be ready, they’re going to be prepared, and they’re going come after us.”

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand also knows that if the Bruins want to extend their win streak to six games, they wwill need to be ready from puck drop.

“The first 10 [minutes] will be big, the first five will be,” Marchand told the media Tuesday morning. “It will be an interesting start. They always come out hard here. They play really well at home. Especially, they have a lot of guys that have been around for a while that know how to respond and bounce back. We’re really gonna be tested tonight. It will be a good test for our group.”

Boston Bruins Notes

-Brad Marchand did not play Friday night as the Bruins used some load management playing the tail end of a back-to-back. Last Thursday though, in his first game back, Marchand was back in his normal slot on left wing alongside Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron at center and Jake DeBrusk on the right wing Thursday in his first game of the season. The 34-year-old veteran winger didn’t miss a beat and paced the Bruins to a 5-1 win with two goals and an assist.

-Bruins center David Krejci left that game Thursday 8:30 into the second period and is out tonight for a second straight game. Krejci was placed on injured reserve on Monday but did travel with the team to Pittsburgh. Pavel Zacha, who filled in for Krejci between David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall on Friday, will likely be their center again tonight.

-Boston Bruins winger Craig Smith will also miss tonight’s game with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. After being recalled from Providence – along with defenseman Mike Reilly – Jakub Lauko will draw in and play right wing on the fourth line with Tomas Nosek at center and Nick Foligno on the left wing. A.J. Greer will jump up and fill in for Smith on the right wing of the third line with Charlie Coyle and Trent Frederic.

-Linus Ullmark (6-0-0, 1.70 GAA, .945 save percentage) will be back between the pipes for the Bruins tonight.

Pittsburgh Penguins Notes

-Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leads his team in goals and assists with two of each, and in points with four

-Per our man in the Burgh, Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now: ‘The Penguins will be without top defenseman Kris Letang, who is sick. Letang missed practice on Monday and did not participate in the optional skate on Tuesday morning. He is a game-time decision, according to coach Mike Sullivan.’

Forward Jeff Carter is out of the lineup with a lower-body injury. Sam Poulin or Drew O’Connor will take his spot. Poulin has been the third-line center over the last three games, but the Penguins recalled O’Connor on Monday. O’Connor centered the third line in drills, but Poulin took the net front spot on PP2.

-Tristan Jarry will get the nod in goal for the Penguins. Jarry is 4-2-0 with a .923 save percentage

Boston Bruins Lineup:

Forwards

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jake DeBrusk

Taylor Hall-Pavel Zacha-David Pastrnak

Trent Frederic-Charlie Coyle-A.J. Greer

Nick Foligno-Tomas Nosek-Jakub Lauko

Defense:

Hampus Lindholm-Brandon Carlo

Derek Forbort-Connor Clifton

Matt Grzelcyk-Anton Stralman

Goalies:

Linus Ullmark

Jeremy Swayman

Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup:

Forwards:

Jake Guentzel-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust

Jason Zucker-Evgeni Malkin-Rickard Rakell

Danton Heinen-Drew O’Connor-Kasperi Kapanen

Brock McGinn-Ryan Poehling-Josh Archibald

Defensemen:

Brian Dumoulin-Chad Ruhwedel

Marcus Pettersson-Jeff Petry

P.O. Joseph-Jan Rutta

Goalies

Tristan Jarry

Casey DeSmith

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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