On Thursday, January 26th, at 7PM ET, the Boston Bruins (24-21-6) will host the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-12-5). This will the last game for both teams before heading into the All-Star break. The last time these two teams faced off was just four days ago when the Penguins embarrassed the Bruins in the third period on their way to a 5-1 victory.
Need to know: Pittsburgh
The Penguins are 2-0 in the season series against the Bruins so far. They are coming off of a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, snapping a four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh currently sits third in the Metropolitan Division. This division has clearly been one of, if not, the hottest and most competitive divisions this season. Sidney Crosby and the Pens will definitely be looking to get back on track heading into the All-Star break.
Need to know: Boston
The Bruins are coming off an overtime victory over Detroit on Tuesday night. Again, the Bruins came out to a quick start, fell short during the 2nd period, but were able to find the back of the net to force OT and then the eventual winner by David Pastrnak. During the last meeting between these two teams, Tuukka Rask had left the game because of a migraine.
The three themes tonight will be consistency, finishing and defense. There has been a continuous lack of consistency from the Bs this season and was seen once again during Tuesday’s match up. Coming off this OT win, leaders such as Marchand and Bergeron will have to make sure the Bs are ready to play for the whole 60 minutes tonight. Another struggle the Bruins have faced is finding the back of the net. Pittsburgh has the upper hand of a combined score 9-4 in this season series. This also speaks to the defensive side of things. Allowing five goals in their last meeting, three of which were in the 3rd period, is not a good look. Going into the All-Star break with back-to-back wins is a must for the Bruins at this point.
Patrice Bergeron was the only player absent from the team film and practice session on Wednesday. This morning, however, Bergeron was one of only a few including Czarnik, McIntyre, and Morrow that skated.