Game 41: Bruins at Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Good morning from the Consol Energy Center, where the Bruins will play the Penguins tonight in the first of two meetings this week. The rematch is on Saturday at TD Garden. Tonight’s game marks the halfway point of the regular season for the Bruins.

This will be the first game for Marc Savard against Matt Cooke and the Penguins since he was knocked loopy at Mellon Arena on March 10.

“It’s obvious that it’s something that’s hurt my life for a bit and put me through some tough times,” Savard said of Cooke’s head-hunting hit. “It’s not easy. It’ll be on my mind, but at the end of the day, I’m just going out with my team and trying to get points.”

Advertisement

Matt Bartkowski has been promoted on emergency recall. For now, we’ll assume Bartkowski is in, although we might know more after the morning skate. Nathan Horton is 50-50.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

Record: Bruins 21-12-7, Penguins 26-13-4

TV/radio info: Versus (Joe Beninati, Andy Brickley, Bob Harwood), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
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-Andrew Ference

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: none

Storylines: The Bruins have not scored a power-play goal in their last five games. The Penguins have the top-ranked penalty kill in the league (87.9 percent)… Sidney Crosby is out because of a concussion… Gord Dwyer and Tim Peel will be the referees. Jean Morin and Thor Nelson will be the linesmen.