Game 12: Bruins at Penguins

Hello again from the Consol Energy Center, where tonight the Bruins, without David Krejci (concussions), will face Pittsburgh in the Penguins’ shiny new home. The Bruins are looking to come out of their current 0-1-1 mini-tailspin in hopes of gaining some momentum for tomorrow night’s Causeway Street matchup with Les Canadiens.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m.

Record: Bruins, 7-3-1; Penguins, 7-7-1.

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

Projected lineup:
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Mark Recchi-Blake Wheeler-Jordan Caron
Brad Marchand-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Danny Paille-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Reserve forward: Jamie Arniel


Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Mark Stuart-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Hunwick-Andrew Ference

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Storylines: Two proud Michiganders in net, with Thomas (Flint) opposing Brent Johnson (Farmington)…Blake Wheeler gets the call to center, after two-plus NHL seasons of wing duty. He looked weak on faceoffs during the morning workout. Could be that Mark Recchi slides over for some drops in key situations….Homecoming for Recchi, who started his illustrious career with the Flightless Birds in the late-’80s and then returned for a couple of stints, 2005-08…Penguins called up ex-Michigan Tech winger Chris Conner, and he might be in uniform….Boston coach Claude Julien is uncertain if he’ll suit up rookie Jamie Arniel, called up Monday on an emergency basis (Michael Ryder, undisclosed injury). Game time decision on Arniel…First game this season without Krejci in the Boston lineup. Krejci remains in Boston, recovering from the concussion he suffered Saturday night when he played nail to TJ Oshie’s hammer. No update today from Julien on Krejci’s condition…Patrice Bergeron now handling first-line duties with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Prior to signing his contract extension while the Bruins were in Prague, Bergeron asked for some assurance that he would be used in more offensive roles as his career evolves. Will be interesting to see how his nose for the net develops with top-flight wingers…Rumor mill continues to churn that Michael Ryder (4-5–9 in 11 games) could be dealt. Ryder is on pace for 67 points. He has never scored more than the 63 points of his rookie year in Montreal.

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