Pittsburgh Penguins (23-11-2, third in the East Division) vs. Boston Bruins (18-9-5, fourth in the East Division)
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh take on Boston. He ranks 10th in the in the NHL with 39 points, scoring 14 goals and totalling 25 assists.
The Bruins are 18-9-5 in division play. Boston averages 10.1 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the Nhl. Trent Frederic leads the team serving 53 total minutes.
The Penguins are 23-11-2 against the rest of their division. Pittsburgh has converted on 20.8% of power-play opportunities, recording 22 power-play goals.
Boston beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in the last meeting between these teams on March 16.
TOP PERFORMERS: David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 14 goals and has 27 points. David Krejci has 10 points over the last 10 games for Boston.
Kris Letang leads the Penguins with a plus-13 in 35 games this season. Crosby has 14 points over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 5-3-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .927 save percentage.
Penguins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 1.5 goals per game with a .953 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: Tuukka Rask: day to day (upper body).
Penguins: Teddy Blueger: out (upper body), Brandon Tanev: day to day (upper body).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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