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Penguins Report: Game Day at Boston

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins





GAME DAY REPORT
Myself and Celina Pompeani (girl power!) preview tonight's game between the Penguins and the Bruins at TD Garden.



--Michelle Crechiolo


GAME DAY VIDEOS

Sidney Crosby



Chris Kunitz



--Michelle Crechiolo


JOHNSTON SWITCHES UP TOP TWO LINES
After back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders on Friday and Saturday, Penguins head coach Mike Johnston switched up his top-six forward lineup at the team’s morning skate heading into their meeting with the Bruins on Monday at TD Garden.

He had Nick Spaling, Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist together as one combination during rushes and Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Blake Comeau as the other.

“When we’re not playing well and our team isn’t doing the right things, we need to shake it up,” Kunitz said. “Got to go out there and earn your ice time every single time you get out there. You’ve got to be better and I think every one of us is going to do that tonight.”

Full story here.

--Michelle Crechiolo


QUOTE 'EM




--Michelle Crechiolo


PENS PICS


The best player in the world next to the best player in the world


Spaling looking through the hour glass


Hornqvist fights the smile, and the power


Crosby in full concentration mode


Fleury set for the shooter. He's no Sykesy tho


Comeau Comeau Chamelon


Kunitz & Malkin will be linemates tonight


My name is Geno. I am an MVP


Megnatron will turn Downie for what?

--Michelle Crechiolo & Sam Kasan


MORNING SKATE INFO
Looks like a lot of changes from the Pens at their morning skate. Coach Johnston is shaking things up. Here is the workflow...

Spaling-Crosby-Hornqvist
Kunitz-Malkin-Comeau
Bennett-Sutter-Downie
Sill-Goc-Adams

Martin-Letang
Maatta-Ehrhoff
Scuderi-Despres-Bortuzzo

--Sam Kasan


SCOUTING THE BRUINS
The Bruins are currently without their captain and best defenseman Zdeno Chara, who's been out since sustaining ligament damage in his right knee back in October. That and more in the scouting report...



--Michelle Crechiolo


GAME PREVIEW
After being denied his 300th win on Friday against the Islanders, Marc-Andre Fleury will get a second crack at the milestone tonight against the Bruins. He's done well in their building throughout his career... that and more in today's Digital Preview.



--Michelle Crechiolo


FANS SUPPORT DUPUIS
It was a rough weekend for the Pens, who dropped both games of their home-and-home series with the Islanders and let their division rival climb into a tie with them for first place. One bright spot was the fans in Pittsburgh showing their love and support for forward Pascal Dupuis, who's sidelined for at least the next six months with a blood clot in his lung, during Friday night's game. Check out the awesome video of the special scene below...



--Michelle Crechiolo


START ME UP
Good morning from Boston everyone! After having the day off yesterday (which senior director of communications Jen Bullano and I took full advantage of by hitting up Newbury Street for lots of shopping) following back-to-back home-and-home losses against the Islanders, the Penguins will be back on the ice this morning at 11:30 a.m. for a pregame skate at TD Garden as they prepare for tonight's matchup with the Bruins.

This is the first meeting of the season between the teams. Here's a few notes to get you ready....

- Tonight the Penguins will be hoping to avoid losing back-to-back regulation games for the first time this season. The Penguins will also be hoping to end their second two-game winless stretch (0-1-1) of the year (also went 0-1-1 Oct. 22-23 vs. PHI and at DET).

- The Penguins are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Bruins.
- Pittsburgh is 6-1-1 it its last nine visits to TD Garden.

- The Penguins (0-1-1 last season at TD Garden) haven’t gone three consecutives games without a win at TD Garden since going 0-4-1 from Jan. 8, 2004 to Jan. 18, 2007.

- Despite Saturday night’s loss in Long Island, the Penguins are tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the best road points percentage (.750) in the NHL.

The Islanders played this song during pregame warmups on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum and it's been stuck in my head ever since. It really gets me going, so I figured I'd start the blog with it. Enjoy...



--Michelle Crechiolo
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