This is the first game in a Boston – Pittsburgh doubleheader; the Steelers are in Foxborough to take on the Patriots for the AFC Championship at Gillette while the Bruins at the
Consol Energy PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Wow, it’s almost like it was planned this way!
Anyway, back to hockey. The current Stanley Cup Champion Penguins come into town riding a three-game win streak, residing in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. The slumping Bruins are also in third place in the Atlantic. When last the two met in Pittsburgh, the Penguins prevailed in OT, 4-3. Let’s hope that this game is similarly close, but just the opposite.
Note to the Bruins: SCORE ALL THE GOALS IN THE FIRST, THE NEXT, AND LAST PERIOD. DON’T LET PITTSBURGH SCORE ANY GOALS! PLAY FOR 60 MINUTES, GUYS!
Bring your fucking A-game this time, guys.
Do I have it covered?
Also, I guess this is some sort of Bruins’ Moms Trip?
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2017
“Rad” Brad Marchand — “Saint” Patrice Bergeron — Frank “The Springfield Rifle” Vatrano
“Dr” Tim Schaller — David “the Matrix” Krejci — David “Pasta” Pastrnak
Ryan “Spoons” Spooner — Riley Nash — David “Bursitis” Backes
Matt Beleskey — Dominic Moore — Austin “no, really, I’m an American” Czarnik
Anton Blidh was assigned to Providence.
Zdeno “Z” Chara — Brandon Carlo “Calrissian”
Torey Krug — Adam McQuaid
Joe “Not a Miller” Morrow — John-Michael Liles
Tuukka Rask, Zane “ZanoInsano” McIntyre
INJURIES: Killer, Chiller
(Bruins lines extrapolated from Bruins practice lines on Saturday)
Conor Sheary — Sidney Crosby — Bryan Rust
Jake Guentzel — Evgeni Malkin — Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin — Nick Bonino — Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz — Eric Fehr — Scott Wilson
Olli Maatta — Trevor Daley
Ian Cole — Justin Schultz
Cameron Gaunce — Chad Ruhwedel
Matt Murray (Marc-Andre Fleury)
INJURIES: Cullen, Doumoulin, Letang, Sprong
(Penguins lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
And while we’re at it,
Referees: TJ Luxmore (#21) — Dan O’Rourke (#9)
Linesmen: Matt MacPherson (#83) — Jonny Murray (#95)
(Courtesy of Scouting the Refs)