Boston Bruins (7-3-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (8-4-0)
NBCSN, RDS2 - 8:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
The 2013 playoffs happened. Nothing that takes place tonight is going to change that. "Revenge" for a postseason loss isn't really possible in an October game. However, it would be nice to see if the Penguins have learned how to score a goal or two on a team like the Bruins.
Scuderi, Neal, Bennett, Kobasew and, of course, Vokoun are out for the Pens. Now Brandon Sutter is "questionable" as well. That's just lovely.
The Bruins are missing Loui Eriksson due to this stupidity.
Iginla will be back at the CEC for the first time as a member of the Bruins.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (8G, 12A: 20P)
Bruins: David Krejci (2G, 10A: 12P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (8-2-0, 1.79 GAA, .928 Sv% )
Bruins: Tuukka Rask (6-3-0, 1.56 GAA, .947 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.
Bruins: Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-3.
Line Combinations and Notes: [The Bruins Return to Pittsburgh]
Opposition Blog: [Days of Y'Orr]
What They're Saying: "Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins. The Smell of Revenge is in the Air"
Tonight is the first meeting of these two teams since the Penguins were embarrassed by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. One could also make the case that this current Pens team isn't as good as last year's Pens team. They're currently without James Neal, Beau Bennett and Rob Scuderi (who was injured in the game vs Toronto). Also, don't forget about ex-Bruins Chuck Kobasew, who will now be out for an extended period of time.
But they're still one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Look, say what you want about Crosby. He's a bitch, he's a crybaby, he whines and for some reason he put out a video and tried to target Chara as to intentionally punching him in the jaw but he's fucking dominating so far this season. Dude leads the league in points (20), is second in assists (12) and sixth in goals (8). Do I think the way he goes about his shit off the ice is a problem in Pittsburgh? Maybe, but there's no doubt he brings it on the ice.
Except in the Conference Finals.
What Happened Last Time: June 7, 2013 - Pens lost 1-0 [Our Recap]
A four-game sweep in which the Pens scored two goals. No one saw this coming. It wasn't supposed to go down like this. But it did, and the questions will burn all summer long. And the worst part is we're all gonna have to wait another 11 months to see if the questions have been answered.
Regular-season production and stats have become meaningless. These past two playoff years, the Pens have been front and center in two of the most bizarre statistical anomalies we all may ever see. Last season, the Pens were burned by their goalie producing the worst GAA since 1994 and the team having the worst playoff penalty-killing percentage of all time. This season the opposing goalie in the Pens' swan-song series produced a .985 save percentage. It was one of the worst displays of offense in any playoff series EVER.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Marc-Andre Fleury. He's had a good start to the season, but he hasn't had to face too many tough teams yet.
Bruins Player(s) to Watch: Gregory Campbell, because he's so inspirational.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
Two, because we couldn't decide: