Playing for the second night in a row, Boston will be facing a Penguins team that has been on fire as of late. The Pens scored six goals against the Islanders last Sunday in their fourth straight win.
It has been almost a year since the Bruins and Penguins squared off for a game in which Pittsburgh won 5-3 on the road.
The Bruins surely won’t be easy opponents, as they have won their last three by a combined score of 10-4 and also boast one of the better defenses in the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is playing some of the best hockey he’s played in a while; he has scored nine goals in the Penguins’ last five games and has tallied 11 assists in the same time.
Crosby’s consistency with scoring has been a big reason why the Penguins have become one of the NHL’s most dominant teams at this point in the season. In fact, he leads the NHL in goals (45).
Between Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, the Pens have one of the top lines in hockey right now, but they will likely find some trouble when they face off against Bruins veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Chara will have his hands full as the Pens’ dominant line is the only one in the league this season where each forward has 10-plus goals. But given his dominance in the past, this will surely be an interesting match up to keep an eye on.
Both teams will be without key players as the Bruins will likely keep C Chris Kelly on the bench after suffering an apparent leg injury last night against the Senators. For the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin will be out for a week or two with an upper-body injury.
Another interesting fact about this matchup is that both teams have identical points for/points against ratios (1.24 goals scored for each goal allowed).
While the Bruins have done well lately, it is imperative that they perform better when coming out of their zones or else they will struggle mightily against the Pens.
This is an extremely important game for both teams as we head into the second half of the season. With the playoffs right around the corner, this will be a statement game for the winners.
Both teams are hot heading into their Tuesday night matchup, which should result in fireworks on the ice. This will be a fun game to watch, but the Penguins will prevail at home.