Both teams are expected to play an emotional game given Friday’s events as a manhunt ensued for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The Bruins played with heavy hearts on Wednesday, the first sports game in Boston following Monday’s Boston Marathon attacks.
“Everybody’s still in remembrance of the people that were hurt,” Andrew Ference said. “I think it will be a little less heavy feeling with the fact that so many people got to witness live heroism last night. I think everybody’s pretty proud of the authorities. I expect it to be not as heavy but a little more celebratory pride.”
Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESNplus (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Penguins 33-10-0, Bruins 26-11-5
Projected Bruins lineup:
Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Milan Lucic, Jay Pandolfo
Storylines: Carl Soderberg is expected to make his Bruins debut. Soderberg had his first practice with the Bruins on Thursday. Soderberg arrived in Boston on Tuesday. Soderberg will wear No. 34… Milan Lucic should be a healthy scratch. Lucic played on the fourth line against Buffalo on Wednesday. With Soderberg’s addition, the Bruins have four left wings playing better than Lucic… Both teams will auction off their jerseys from today’s game. Benefits will go to the One Fund Boston… This will be the Bruins' first look at Jarome Iginla as a Penguin. The Bruins had traded for Iginla, but the deal fell apart and the Calgary captain opted for Pittsburgh... The Bruins have had three games postponed this season: two related to the Marathon attacks, and one because of a snowstorm in February. The Bruins will play again Sunday afternoon against Florida… Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Penguins… Tom Kowal and Wes McCauley will be the referees. Steve Barton and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.