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Game 24: Bruins at Penguins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 12, 2013 12:42 PM

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PITTSBURGH – The Bruins did not hold a morning skate today at the Consol Energy Center. They arrived in Pittsburgh early this morning following their 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa Monday night.

Chris Kelly injured his left knee in Monday night’s second period after colliding with ex-teammate Chris Neil. Kelly didn’t return. Kelly traveled to Pittsburgh with the team.

The Bruins have not called up a center from Providence. Assuming Kelly is out against the Penguins, Rich Peverley could move to center from right wing. Either Jay Pandolfo or Lane MacDermid, both healthy scratches last night, would dress.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 17-3-3, Penguins 18-8-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Kelly is one of the team’s go-to penalty killers. Pandolfo could assume some of Kelly’s shorthanded shifts… Kris Letang has 11 assists in his last five games. Letang is arguably the East’s sharpest puck-moving defenseman… Sidney Crosby has 20 points in his last eight games. There is no argument about Crosby being the game’s best player… The Penguins have the league’s third-best power play (25.7 percent)… Chris Rooney and Frederick L’Ecuyer will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.

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