The Bruins are at home today, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in town as the first game of a back-to-back.
After 12 games, the Bruins are at 10-1-2, which is good for 1st place in the Atlantic, and the best points-percentage in the league.
The NHL leader boards currently have a lot of Black & Gold on them. The Bruins are the league leader in fewest Goals Against per game with an excellent 2.00. The player with the most Goals scored is David Pastrnak, with 13 – tied with Leon Draisaitl. He also has the most points with 27. Brad Marchand has the best +/- at +11. The goaltender with the highest save % and GAA is Tuukka Rask at .949 and 1.49. The Bruins have the league’s best power play at 31.0%. It’s been a good start to the season, and secondary scoring has begun to develop!
What will be the lineup tonight?
Most notably, David Backes is out with an upper body injury after a particularly ugly collision with the Senators’ Sabourin – he is expected to miss a couple of games.
Brett Ritchie is back after being out with an infected cut similar to Joakim Nordstrom. Peter Cehlarik, who had previously been called up from Providence on emergency basis, is back down with the P-Bruins and Cameron Hughes has been called up.
Karson Kuhlman is still on IR with an arm fracture, after blocking a shot. Anton Blidh is out after having shoulder surgery.
Defensemen Kevan Miller and John Moore are still on Injured Reserve and Long-term Injured Reserve respectively, providing playing time for Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton. Miller has begun practicing while wearing a non-contact jersey. I was expecting Miller to gome back tonight but Cliffton is back, in spite of getting close to the end of his waiver exemption.
Jaroslav Halak will be in goal today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#40 Tuukka Rask)|
Tonight’s opponents are the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens met the Bruins in March, when they were fighting for a playoff spot. They are currently 8-5-1 which puts them 4th in the Metro division. Their PK is good at 85.3%, their PP is sub-par at 14.3%. They are generating a strong 33.7 shots per game – on par with the Bruins 33.8. Their Faceoff percentage is decent at 50.4%.
Brian Dumoulin is questionable, waiting for his first baby to be born. (AWWWWWWWWWW…) And Patrik Hornqvist is on IR. Phil Kessel is no longer a Penguin, playing for the Yotes this season.,
(h/t Daily Faceoff and Penguins radio guy Josh Getzoff ):
#59 Jake Guentzel — #87 Sidney Crosby — #12 Dominik Simon
#18 Alex Galchenyuk — #71 Evgeni Malkin — #17 Bryan Rust
#19 Jared McCann — #27 Nick Bjugstad— #24 Dominik Kahun
#46 Zach Aston-Reese — #53 Teddy Blueger — #13v Brandon Tanev
#8 Brian Dumoulin — #58 Kris Letang
#28 Marcus Pettersson — #4 Justin Schultz
#73 Jack Johnson — #6 John Marino
#30 Matt Murray
(#35 Tristan Jarry)