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Game Preview: Pens-Bruins

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The Pens wrap up their season series with the Bruins tonight in Boston.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Bruins

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: TD Garden

TV: AT&T SportsNet

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS

1. This is the third and final meeting of the year between the teams, with each club earning a win. In their most recent matchup, the Pens beat the Bruins in their final game before the bye week on Jan. 7 in an incredibly entertaining game. The Pens got out to a 3-1 lead before the Bruins stormed back to go up 5-3. The Pens were able to tie the score at 5-5 before eventually emerging victorious in overtime, 6-5.

2. Evgeni Malkin scored the winner in that game, which was his second goal of the night. He has points in 3 straight games against Boston (2G-4A-6PTS) while Sidney Crosby has points in 5 straight (2G-8A-10PTS).

3. Overall, the Pens have scored 5 or more goals 12 times in 24 games since the calendar flipped. The Pens have scored at least 3 times in 20 of those games.

4. This has been a tough building for the Pens the last few years, as the Bruins are 6-0-1 in their last 7 games against Pittsburgh at TD Garden. Their last regulation loss to the Pens on home ice came back on April 20, 2013. Overall, the Bruins are 9-1-3 in their last 13 games against the Pens.

5. The Bruins suffered a big loss when it was announced that Patrice Bergeron would be out with a fractured right foot. He had been centering Boston's first line between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, with all three players surpassing the 20-goal mark this season. Riley Nash has slotted into Bergeron's spot. However, they did make a big addition at the trade deadline, acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers.

INJURIES

PIT - Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Matt Murray  (concussion)

BOS - Patrice Bergeron (fractured right foot), Anders Bjork (shoulder surgery)

MORNING SKATE

* Taking the option not to skate this morning were Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Riley Sheahan, Kris Letang, Carl Hagelin, Patric Hornqvist, Malkin and Crosby. Kessel was present after taking a maintenance day on Wednesday. Casey DeSmith was the first goalie off the ice, and head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed he will start in net against the Bruins.

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