Game Day Thread: Penguins @ Bruins

Bruins vs Penguins
The Bruins are still at home, hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden, for your viewing pleasure.

The Bruins are now at 3-1-1, putting them at a middling 4th in the MassMutual East division, 2 points behind the division-leading Caps.

Last time in Bruins Hockey..

The Bruins were at home, battling their hated rival (no, this time really), the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Bruins were able to score en-masse on the Flyers, including that seemingly rarest of rare events – even strength goals. They would acheive quota, defeating their enemy 6-1

What will be the lines today?

David Pastrnak is skating after off-season surgery, but coach Bruce Cassidy is not ready to put him back in the lineup.
Forward Onrej Kase is on IR, thus will miss the game, so Jack Studnicka will remain in the lineup. DeBrusk swapped over to his off-side and played in Pasta’s usual spot. Nick Ritchie moved up to David Krejci’s left with Studnicka on Krejci’s right.

Bjork has been playing in Nick Ritchie’s regular spot on Charlie Coyle’s left, although Trent Frederic was spotted there at yesterday’s practice, with Bjork on the Kuraly line.

On the defense, lefty Matt Grzelcyk missed the last game with an undisclosed injury (presumably the wrist he hurt vs the Islanders). This ushered in Cliffy Hockey time.

Tuukka will be in goal this evening.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

#21 Nick Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

David Krejci

David Krejci

#23 Jack Studnicka

#23 Jack Studnicka

#11 Trent Frederic

Trent Frederic

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

#12 Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs

Jeremy Lauzon

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Jakub Zboril

Jakub Zboril

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

Tonight’s opponents are the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kasperi Kapanen is likely to play after missing time due to COVID protocols. (Was it Sam Lafferty in his place? not sure.)
(h/t Daily Faceoff and Penguins radio guy Josh Getzoff ):

Penguins Forwards
#59 Jake Guentzel — #87 Sidney Crosby — #17 Bryan Rust
#16 Jason Zucker — #71 Evgeni Malkin — #42 Kasperi Kapanen
#19 Jared McCann — #53 Teddy Blueger — #13 Brandon Tanev
#10 Drew O’Connor — #14 Mark Jankowski — #7 Colton Sceviour

Penguins Defense
#8 Brian Dumoulin — #58 Kris Letang
#6 John Marino — #4 Cody Ceci
#73 Pierre-Oliver Joseph — #2 Chad Ruhwedel

Penguins Goaltending
#35 Tristan Jarry
(#1 Casey DeSmith)

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Nice team win, although I don’t like giving a point away. Good night!

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Woo hoo! Smith fitting in!!

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Yuck! I thought the Bruins could have gone on the PP 30 seconds before Pens scored

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Nick Ritchie will never be accused of being fast.

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Oh boy… that looked like a groin pull. Tuukka staying in! What? Weird

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Seems like the D is playing well. That was the big question mark coming into the season.

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Wags… so awesome.

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Lauzon has been looking pretty good so far. He’s a lot more skilled than I remember.