Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Boston Bruins GameDay, Odds, TV/Radio, And Preview


After their 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-5, 53 points) wrap up their four-game homestand tonight as they host the Boston Bruins at Consol Energy Center.

The Black and Gold are third overall in the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference, only one point behind the second-place Montreal Canadiens and just three points behind the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Pens remain tied in points for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the New York Islanders (26-13-1, 53 points). The Isles are on the road Friday as they take on the Devils at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

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Claude Julien’s squad comes into this evening’s meeting with a record of 19-15-6 and 44 points and in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Boston is 7-9-2 on the road and are 4-2-4 in their last 10 contests.

Meanwhile, the Penguins continue to enjoy sleeping in their own beds as they are 15-6-1 at home this season, and are 5-4-1 over their last 10 games. The 15 home victories ties them with Tampa Bay for the most in the NHL.

Tonight is the second of three matchups this season. When these two combatants met in November at TD Garden, Pittsburgh came away with a 3-2 win in overtime. They combined for 62 shots on goal in that game. The last seven contests between these two teams have been one-goal affairs.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Puck Drop: 8:05 p.m., ET

Site: CONSOL Energy Center

National Television: NBC Sports Network

Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: XM Channel 219, XM Internet 942

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 5.

Coming into tonight’s matchup, Bruins left wing Brad Marchand has one goal and one assist in his last two games. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound forward leads the team with three game winning scores and 11 goals overall, while center Patrice Bergeron is the leader in assists with 20 and points with 28.

Boston center Carl Soderberg leads the attack on the power play with four goals, while left wing Milan Lucic is the leader in penalty minutes with 69.

Stephanni Phillips of the Causeway Crowd here on FanSided expects Tuukka Rask to get the nod as the starting goaltender this evening for Boston. Rask has a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston said that if defenseman Paul Martin does not return tonight against the Bruins, he will play against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound blueliner participated in Wednesday’s morning skate.

It was reported by Sam Kasan on the Penguins web site this morning that forward Marcel Goc is out with a sickness, so forward Zach Sill will be back in the lineup after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal tonight for the Pens. Back in that late November game against Boston, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder turned away 27 of 29 shots to claim his 300th career victory in the 3-2 win in overtime.

Up Next: The Black and Gold pack their bags and hit the road on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they take on the Canadiens (26-12-2, 54 points) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. They meet at center ice at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

From The Clipboard: Pittsburgh is 15-1-1 when they put up a power play goal this season…Sidney Crosby has three goals and four assists in a five-game point streak against Boston…A win this evening would give the Penguins 25 victories at the midway point of the season for the fifth time in franchise history, excluding lockout campaigns.

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