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Crosby eyes goal in fourth straight game for Pittsburgh; Krejci out again for Boston

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

BRUINS (28-9-12) at PENGUINS (30-13-5) 

12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, TVAS 

 

The Game 

Sidney Crosby will try to score a goal in a fourth straight game since returning from core muscle surgery when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. 

The Pittsburgh center has six points (three goals, three assists) in his first three games back after missing the previous 28. He had one goal in each of those three games, including a 4-1 loss at Boston on Thursday. 

The Penguins are 5-1-0 in their past six games and 9-2-1 in their past 12.

Bruins center David Krejci will be sidelined for a second straight game because of an upper-body injury after missing practice Saturday. 

Boston, which leads the Atlantic Division, is 4-1-1 in its past five games following a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) and is 8-2-6 in its past 15.  

 

Players to watch 

Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who had two assists against Pittsburgh on Thursday, has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in his past 16 games.

Penguins forward Bryan Rust, who has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in his past 12 games, has 12 power-play points (five goals, seven assists) this season after having five power-play points (two goals, three assists) through his first five NHL seasons. 

 

They said it 

"We're going to need to bring the same type of game that we brought last night, which is kind of the same as what they're bringing with competing and being strong on the puck." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on Friday

"I think [Rust's] offensive game has really evolved. He's hanging onto pucks. He's seeing the ice extremely well." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan

 

Bruins projected lineup 

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Anders Bjork

Danton Heinen -- Par Lindholm -- Karson Kuhlman

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

John Moore -- Matt Grzelcyk

Jaroslav Halak

Dan Vladar

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, David Backes

Injured: Kevan Miller (knee), Tuukka Rask (concussion), Connor Clifton (upper body), David Krejci (upper body) 

 

Penguins projected lineup 

Jared McCann -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Alex Galchenyuk -- Andrew Agozzino -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino

Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Kevin Czuczman, Sam Lafferty

Injured: Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Justin Schultz (lower body), Jake Guentzel (shoulder surgery) 

 

Status report 

Backes, a 35-year-old forward, cleared waivers Saturday. He will take the same nine-day break as other Bruins players following a game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday; Boston then plans to assign him to Providence of the American Hockey League. … Vladar was recalled from Providence and goalie Max Lagace was sent down Saturday. ... The Penguins canceled practice Saturday after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime Friday. 

 

Stat pack 

The Bruins have outscored the Penguins 10-5 in two wins against them this season. … Jarry, expected to start, is 9-2-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout in his past 12 starts.

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