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Game Preview: Pens-Bruins

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens are in Boston to play the Bruins in their final game before the All-Star break. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Bruins

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: TD Garden

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

A win tonight would give the Pens a season-high 3-game road winning streak. They won their previous two road games by a combined score of 11-2 … The Pens are looking to sweep the Bruins for the first time since going 3-0 in 2012-13 … Although the Penguins went 0-2 here at TD Garden last season, overall Pittsburgh has done well here recently, going 7-3-1 in its last 11 visits … Winchester, Massachusetts native Conor Sheary has seven points (4G-3A) in five career games against his hometown club … Forward Bryan Rust, who has skated the past 16 games on a line with Sheary and Sidney Crosby, will appear in his 100th career NHL contest tonight … Those three were dominant when Pittsburgh hosted Boston last Sunday, combining for 4 goals and 9 points in a 5-1 Pens win … Matt Murray made a career-high 44 stops in that game. He will be in net again for his sixth straight start … Pittsburgh injuries: Kris Letang (lower-body); Evgeni Malkin (lower-body) … The Bruins have dropped 5 of their last 7 games, going 2-4-1 over that stretch. They are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against Detroit on Tuesday … Brad Marchand has a hearing today with the Department of Player Safety for a dangerous trip against Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Kronwall in that game … Boston injuries: None.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

* Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel took the option not to skate this morning. Patric Hornqvist, who was absent from Wednesday's practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, took part in the session and will be a game-time decision. Injured defenseman Kris Letang also practiced.

* The Pens have recalled forward Carter Rowney from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. "Carter is a real solid two-way center iceman," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's had real good success at the American League level. He can play at both ends of the rink. He's a good faceoff guy. He can kill penalties. He's very versatile. So we can use him in a lot of capacities."

* Sullivan said the lineup will be a game-time decision. "We've got a couple of players that are at our disposal we can choose to put in the lineup," he said.

* The Pens did not do line rushes.

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