The Boston Bruins ended a three-game skid with an impressive 2-1 overtime win against the rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, but their schedule gets even tougher Wednesday.
Boston is in Pittsburgh to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Pens captain and No. 1 center Sidney Crosby leads the NHL with 21 goals, and him, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all are scoring at above a point-per-game pace this season. Pittsburgh has the league’s highest-scoring offense as a result.
The Bruins actually have owned this series of late. They’ve won five straight regular-season meetings with the Pens, in addition to a playoff sweep of Pittsburgh in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final.
B’s goaltender Tuukka Rask is 8-5-1 with a .934 save percentage in his career versus the Penguins.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (16-12-2)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Backes
Tim Schaller–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner–Austin Czarnik–Danton Heinen
Dominic Moore–Riley Nash–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Brandon Carlo
Adam McQuaid–Torey Krug
Kevan Miller–Colin Miller
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (19-7-3)
Conor Sheary–Sidney Crosby–Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin–Evgeni Malkin–Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz–Nick Bonino–Bryan Rust
Scott Wilson–Matt Cullen–Tom Kuhnhackl
Brian Dumoulin–Kris Letang
Olli Maatta–Trevor Daley
Ian Cole–Justin Schultz
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