Penguins (27-14-4, 58pts) @ Bruins 24-12-7, 55pts)
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look for payback this afternoon as they get another shot at the Boston Bruins who have embarrassed the Penguins on two occasions with thrilling third period comebacks on the Penguins home-ice.
Today at 1:00 p.m., the Penguins get their first road matchup against the Bruins at the TD Garden.
Pittsburgh is 13-5-3 on the road this season, while the Bruins are 11-7-3 at home on the season. This is the third meeting this season between the two clubs. Boston leads the season series 2-0, and have scored 9 third period goals in two games against Pittsburgh.
After scoring five third period goals against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night, Boston has scored 17 goals in their seven periods of hockey.
Pens & Bruins Lineup News
For the time being, Dustin Jeffrey is back with the Penguins. However, Jeffrey is not expected to play this afternoon. Wilkes Barre played in Providence last night.
The Penguins are expected to go with their same lineup from Wednesday night.
Jeffrey, 22, has appeared in four games with Pittsburgh this season. He recorded his first career two-point game with a goal and an assist Dec. 11 at Buffalo.
Jeffrey (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) ranks sixth in the AHL in scoring with 39 points (13G-26A) through 36 games. He also ranks second in the league in shorthanded goals with five, while ranking ninth (tied) in assists (24) and eighth in shots with 130.
Centerman Sidney Crosby will miss his 5th straight game and is expected to miss at least another 10-14 days.
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy did not make the trip to Boston.
Pens Projected Lineup
Kunitz – Malkin – Dupuis
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Conner – Talbot – Rupp
Asham – Letestu – Adams
Orpik – Letang
Martin – Michalek
Goligoski – Engelland
Marc Andre Fleury in Goal
Michael Ryder-Marc Savard-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask in goal