Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are back in town for the first time since getting swept out of the Eastern Conference finals. While that issue seemed to be put to bed after the Bruins made their trip to Pittsburgh at the end of October, it's still a rivalry, with the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the East facing each other.
The Bruins lost to the Penguins in that first meeting, and coach Claude Julien was not pleased with his team's effort.
"To be honest with you, all I remember is I didn't think we were as good as we should have been," Julien said. "I looked at our team, and after two periods, I just felt like there wasn't enough emotion. There wasn't enough in our game and for us to be a team that had a chance to win."
The Bruins seem unlikely to get back Adam McQuaid tonight, though Julien left it open, and McQuaid said he's to the level where he'd be playing if it were the postseason. Dennis Seidenberg skated before and during morning skate, leaving the ice halfway through the team skate because he'd already been out for 45 minutes.
Game time: 1 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)
Records: Bruins 15-6-2, Penguins 15-9-0
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Notes: The Bruins have points in their last four games (3-0-1) and are 7-1-2 in their last 10. They've been excellent at home this month, with a 6-0-2 mark in their last eight games at TD Garden ... The Bruins have lost their last seven games against the Penguins in the regular season (but won their last four playoff games against them). The Bruins' last home win against Pittsburgh came on Nov. 10, 2009 ... The Penguins have scored power-play goals in each of their last three games ... The referees tonight are Rob Martell and Kelly Sutherland. The linesmen are Michel Cormier and Mark Shewchyk.