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Preview; Bruins look to continue streak against Pens

March 5, 2011

The Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to eight games when they host the Penguins tonight in what should be a heated match up. The Bruins and Penguins have quite the history over the last two seasons, making for an interesting game despite major injuries on the Penguins roster.

The Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, two of the biggest stars in the league, but they also have a lot of injuries throughout the rest of their lineup. Brooks Orpik, Arron Asham, Eric Tangradi, and Nick Johnson are all out.

The Bruins will be without Steven Kampfer, who left Thursday’s game with a mild concussion, and Patrice Bergeron, who is missing the game for personal reasons, tonight. Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille will both be in the lineup. Matt Bartkowski has also been called up on an emergency basis.

The Pens have made some significant additions to their roster since the last time the Bruins played against them. Pittsburgh acquired James Neal and Alex Kovalev, two big and talented forwards who have helped keep the Penguins championship aspirations very high. If Sidney Crosby can get back in the lineup in time for the playoffs, the Penguins will be a very real threat to go to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Penguins skated to a 2-1 overtime loss last night against the Devils. The Pens have struggled lately, going just 2-4-4 in their last 10. The Bruins are 7-3-0 in their last 10, including seven straight wins. Milan Lucic has been a big piece to the win streak with five goals and four assists in his last seven games. The Bruins lead the season series 2-1 against the Penguins but Marc-Andre Fleury has been great in Boston lately. He’s won his last two games in Boston, including one shutout and 44-save win in January.

The Bruins have been very physical lately, expect that to continue against the hated Penguins.

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