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Daily Primer Oct. 30: Revenge on Penguins' minds

Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 1:06 AM / NHL Insider

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Daily Primer Oct. 30: Revenge on Penguins' minds
The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins saw each other, Jarome Iginla was playing for the Penguins and the Bruins were being awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy after winning the Eastern Conference Final.

The last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins saw each other, Jarome Iginla was playing for the Penguins and the Bruins were being awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy after winning the Eastern Conference Final.

That was early June. Fast forward to late October and the Penguins will be looking for a little revenge when they host the Bruins in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS2). And who will they see on the other side? None other than Iginla, who turned down the Bruins to go to the Penguins as the NHL Trade Deadline approached last spring but signed with Boston as a free agent in July.

Here's a look at all of the action scheduled for Wednesday night:

Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins -- Though the Bruins hold a huge lead in the all-time series (103-65, with 21 ties), the Penguins have won the past six regular-season meetings. Though last season's loss to Boston in the playoffs may still be fresh in their minds, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma noted Tuesday: "I don't think there's anything we can do tomorrow to get back to last spring." Pittsburgh has dropped its past two home games at Consol Energy Center; the Bruins are 3-3-0 at home but perfect on the road (4-0-0).

Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames -- Toronto's trip through Western Canada got off to a great start when the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Wednesday behind a 43-save performance by James Reimer and Phil Kessel's four-point night. At 9-4-0, the Maple Leafs lead the Eastern Conference with 18 points. Calgary has been off since beating the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday, but the Flames suffered a major loss during their time off; they announced Tuesday that captain Mark Giordano will be out at least six weeks with a broken ankle. They'll also be missing one of their top forwards, Lee Stempniak, who's sidelined with a broken foot.

Detroit Red Wings at Vancouver Canucks -- The Red Wings start a four-game stretch in Western Canada with a stop in Vancouver as they try to end a four-game winless streak. To do that, they're going to have to start putting the puck in the net. Detroit has scored a total of five goals during its slide and failed to hold a third-period lead in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Canucks are 9-4-1 under new coach John Tortorella, including a gutsy 3-2 win against the Washington Capitals on Monday in their first home game after a 5-1-1 road trip.

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings -- The Sharks are back on the West Coast after going 3-1-0 on a swing through the Atlantic Division, including a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday in which rookie goaltender Alex Stalock got the victory in his first appearance of the season. Expect Antti Niemi back in goal as the Sharks make their first visit of the season to Staples Center. San Jose, whose plus-28 goals margin leads the NHL, will be the better-rested team; the Kings played Tuesday night in Glendale, Ariz., where they took 42 shots but lost 3-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes. Expect Jonathan Quick to be back in goal after Ben Scrivens played Tuesday.

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