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Bruins, Penguins set to square off

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 4, 2011 01:45 PM

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WILMINGTON – The Bruins have concluded their practice at Ristuccia Arena and are traveling to Pittsburgh for tomorrow’s showdown between the East’s two best clubs. Tim Thomas should be in goal for the tilt.

After tomorrow’s game, the Bruins will fly to Winnipeg. They will play the Jets on Tuesday, with Tuukka Rask most likely getting the nod.

“It’s a good thing for us right now, with where we’re at right now with our team to give us one of the best possible challenges we could have,” Claude Julien said of the matchup. “It’s not going to get any easier the next night, when we have to fly to Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s been playing pretty well at home too. We’ve got two big tests there.”

* Gregory Campbell was given the day off. Campbell is fighting a cold that is running through the dressing room.

* The Bruins halted power-play practice briefly. Patrice Bergeron sideswiped Thomas by accident. Thomas was dazed briefly, but gathered himself and completed the session.

* Steven Kampfer and Jordan Caron will be available for tomorrow's game. They will most likely be the healthy scratches.

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