Monday, November 25, 2013
W2W4: Bruins-Penguins 7 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
The Boston Bruins (15-6-2, 32 points) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-9-0, 30 points) Monday night at TD Garden. Here’s what to watch for:
TOP TWO: The Bruins and Penguins enter this game ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the Eastern Conference. This will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season. Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive regular-season games against Boston, including a 3-2 win on Oct. 30 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The last time these teams faced off at TD Garden, the Bruins completed a four-game sweep with a 1-0 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY? The Bruins are 3-0-1 in their last four games and 7-1-2 in the last 10. The Penguins have won three of the last four games, but are 1-4-0 in their last five road games.
MASKED MEN: It should be another classic goaltending matchup as Tuukka Rask will face the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Rask is 12-5-2 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in 19 games this season. Fleury is 13-7-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Rask played three games in four days last week, but didn't play the team’s most recent game Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, as backup Chad Johnson finished with 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime win.
SHADOW GAMES: It’s no secret that when the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, who leads the NHL with 30 points this season, steps on the ice that Bruins veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara will be waiting. Boston’s captain was one of the reasons Crosby didn't register a point during the conference finals this past spring. The two have staged some significant battles over the years and that should continue Monday.
INJURY UPDATES: Based on the morning skate, it appears injured Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (lower body) will sit out at least one more game. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he would speak with the training staff and that there’s always a possibility McQuaid could play Monday night, but it appears rookie Kevan Miller will play his third consecutive game. Also, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) skated Monday morning for the first time since suffering his injury last Tuesday in New York. He skated for 45 minutes, most of it before the team’s morning skate, but participated in some drills.