The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a day off on Tuesday and for good reason. Game 1 between the Penguins and Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals is still several days away.
With the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 tonight and forcing a Game 7 for Wednesday night, Game 1 for Penguins – Bruins will be on Saturday, meaning the Penguins will have eight days in between games.
The league won’t officially announce the Eastern Conference Finals schedule until the Western Conference semi-finals are over. Game 7 between Kings – Sharks is tomorrow night and Game 7 between Red Wings – Blackhawks is Wednesday night.
You won’t see the Penguins and Bruins complaining about the long layoff. For the Penguins it gives players such as Chris Kunitz and Brenden Morrow some needed rest as both have been playing through injury and for the Bruins, they are also relatively healthy with Andrew Ference working his way back.
“We’re pretty good, actually. We’ve got Andrew [Ference] out, he’s making progress. Wade [Redden] is close, if not ready. Just the bumps and bruises are minor,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told CSN New England on Sunday. “We got Dennis [Seidenberg] back. We’re in pretty good shape right now, knock on wood.”