The Bruins are back in Pittsburgh for the first time since they won the first two games of their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Penguins en route to a sweep last season. It's obvious from what the Penguins have said in the last couple of days that they have something to prove tonight, even if a regular-season game can't quite make up for the Bruins costing them a chance to contend for the Stanley Cup.
“I don’t think there’s anything we can do [Wednesday] to get back from last spring,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said on Tuesday. “I certainly didn’t want to look ahead in any way shape or form the past week or the road trip. But we knew we were coming home to play Boston, the first time we’ll be playing them again. Absolutely, it's a rivalry game.”
Game time: 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 7-3-0, Penguins 8-4-0
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Notes: The Bruins begin another back-to-back tonight, and have another three-in-four nights stretch, with the Ducks visiting Boston on Thursday and the Bruins heading to face the Islanders on Saturday. ... The Penguins have won the last six regular-season meetings between the teams, and the Bruins are 1-7-1 in their last nine regular-season games against Pittsburgh. ... The Penguins are 6-1 when scoring the opening goal of a game. They are 2-3 when they don't. ... Pittsburgh has lost its last two consecutive games at Consol Energy Center, but is 23-6 in its last 29 games here. ... Bruins wing Loui Eriksson remains out with a concussion.