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About the Bruins - 03-12-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Bruins.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NESN (Boston market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN, RDS.

Record: 17-3-3, 37 points. The Bruins are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Patrice Bergeron (right), 21 points (six goals, 15 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road shootout win against the Senators, last night. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for the Bruins.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-3 home loss, April 3, 2012. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist for the Penguins.

Bruins Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Daniel Paille. He has goals in his previous two games.

Ex-Penguins on the Bruins: Andrew Ference, D.

Ex-Bruins on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager; Bill Guerin, player development coach.

Useless Bruins Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Guerin (2001) is one of three players to win the All-Star Game MVP while playing for the Bruins. The others are defensemen Ray Bourque (1996) and Bobby Orr (1972).

Best Bruins Video We Could Find: You never need an excuse to watch Bobby Orr highlights:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (12-5-0, 2.71 GAA, .902 SV%) for the Penguins. The Bruins did not have media availability this morning. They will either start Anton Khudobin (4-1-0, 2.41 GAA, .910 SV%) or Tuukka Rask (13-2-3, 1.96 GAA, .927 SV%).

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") is out. For the Bruins, centers Chris Kelly (suspected knee) is questionable. Center Marc Savard (head) is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins their primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

4 Mark Eaton - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres - 2 Matt Niskanen

The Bruins did not hold a morning skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators last night were:

17 Milan Lucic - 46 David Krejci - 18 Nathan Horton
63 Brad Marchand - 37 Patrice Bergeron - 19 Tyler Seguin
38 Jordan Caron - 23 Chris Kelly - 49 Rich Peverley
20 Daniel Paille - 11 Gregory Campbell - 22 Shawn Thornton

33 Zdeno Chara - 55 Johnny Boychuk
44 Dennis Seidenberg - 27 Dougie Hamilton
21 Andrew Ference - 54 Adam McQuaid

Notes:

-The last time the Bruins played the Penguins, this happened:

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Letang has 197 career points.

-Kelly has 99 career goals.

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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