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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 12/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (20-9-0-1, 41 pts.) at BOSTON (18-8-0-2, 38 pts.)
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Saturday, 12/7/2013 7:05 PM
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53PITTSBURGH+120Ov 5,-120+125Ov 5,-120
54BOSTON-140Un 5,+100-145Un 5,+100
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games20-10-0+4.620-10+4.612-
Team Stats (Road Games)8-7-0-1.18-7-1.15-82.830.52.525.1
Last 5 Games5-0-0+55-0+53-24.432.61.830.6
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)30942333353694410.0%1022726.5%163
Team Stats (Road Games)154291517134589.2%491224.5%71
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5224972216313.5%16850.0%36
Stats Against (All Games) 67182523127928.5%861214.0%107
Stats Against (Road Games) 37121113123779.8%50918.0%57
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 9450001535.9%15213.3%13
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)252562857992.2%117-8+5.417-8-0+78-14
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)121228625890.2%06-6-1.56-6-003-7
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)441009494.0%04-0+44-0-0+42-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)6516214690.1%03-2-0.83-2-0-14-1
JEFF ZATKOFF (Road Games)33898292.1%02-1+0.42-1-002-1
JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)4310710194.4%03-0+33-0-0+32-1

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games18-10-0+3.118-10+3.15-112.729.62.028.4
Team Stats (Home Games)12-5-0+3.212-5+3.22-72.830.21.928.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.43-2+0.42-22.427.62.823.8
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2876252027458299.2%751317.3%130
Team Stats (Home Games)1747161116435139.2%45920.0%80
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512605101388.7%14214.3%22
Stats Against (All Games) 57152218237947.2%861214.0%90
Stats Against (Home Games) 3211910234806.7%52713.5%49
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 143650011911.8%16212.5%27
BOSTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)5512211291.8%04-1+2.74-1-0+31-2
BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)33726793.1%03-0+33-0-0+30-1
CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TUUKKA RASK (All Games)232367162793.4%114-9+0.414-9-0+14-9
TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)141440738394.1%19-5+0.29-5-002-6
TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)441059287.6%02-2-0.62-2-002-1
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 2.97,  BOSTON 3.16
11/13/2013PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, -245L5.5 unU
11/15/2013NASHVILLE4-1W0, -225W5.5 unU
11/16/2013at NEW JERSEY1-4L0, -145L5 ovP
11/18/2013ANAHEIM3-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
11/20/2013at WASHINGTON4-0W0, -130W5.5 unU
11/22/2013NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -215W5.5 ovO
11/23/2013at MONTREAL2-3L0, -120L5 ovP
11/25/2013at BOSTON3-4L0, -105L5 evO
11/27/2013TORONTO6-5W0, -210W5.5 unO
11/29/2013at TAMPA BAY3-0W0, -140W5.5 unU
11/30/2013at FLORIDA5-1W0, -145W5.5 unO
12/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, -170W5.5 ovU
12/5/2013SAN JOSE5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
12/7/2013at BOSTON 
12/13/2013NEW JERSEY 
12/14/2013at DETROIT 
12/18/2013at NY RANGERS 

BOSTON - Schedule
11/11/2013TAMPA BAY3-0W0, -175W5 ovU
11/14/2013COLUMBUS3-2W0, -180W5 ovP
11/15/2013at OTTAWA2-4L0, -130L5 ovO
11/18/2013at CAROLINA4-1W0, -160W5 unP
11/19/2013at NY RANGERS2-1W0, +100W5 unU
11/21/2013ST LOUIS2-3L0, -115L5 unP
11/23/2013CAROLINA3-2W0, -210W5 evP
11/25/2013PITTSBURGH4-3W0, -115W5 evO
11/27/2013at DETROIT1-6L0, -130L5 unO
11/29/2013NY RANGERS3-2W0, -140W5 unP
11/30/2013COLUMBUS3-1W0, -225W5 ovU
12/5/2013at MONTREAL1-2L0, -125L5 unU
12/8/2013at TORONTO 
12/10/2013at CALGARY 
12/12/2013at EDMONTON 
12/14/2013at VANCOUVER 
PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins were less than two minutes away from forcing a seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. Now they must wait nearly seven months until the next postseason.
With the core of their team returning, the Bruins should reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season. And they took steps to secure their long-term future by signing center Patrice Bergeron and goalie Tuukka Rask to eight-year contracts and general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year extension.
Last season, the Bruins came close to their second championship in three years. They led Chicago 2-1 in Game 6 then allowed two goals in the last 76 seconds and the Blackhawks won 3-2 to take the Cup.
The Bruins open the season Oct. 3 at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Penguins-Bruins Preview* =========================


Pittsburgh (20-9-1) at Boston (18-8-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins had no problems beating one fellow Stanley Cup contender in their latest game despite the absence of Evgeni Malkin.

They'd love to see the same scenario unfold Saturday night in Boston.

With Malkin on the shelf again, the Penguins will try to extend their winning streak to six against a Bruins team that handed them their most recent defeat.

Pittsburgh (20-9-1) found out Thursday that a lower-body injury suffered during the morning skate would keep Malkin out that night versus San Jose, but it thrived even without the NHL's second-leading scorer. Sidney Crosby increased his league-leading total to 41 points with three assists, Chris Kunitz scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 saves in a 5-1 rout of the Pacific Division-leading Sharks.

"No one is going to replace Geno," said winger Jayson Megna, who scored one of the Penguins' four goals in a seven-minute span early in the second period. "We have guys that fill in, step up. If we stick to our system we don't complain."

Pittsburgh will head to Boston without Malkin, but its injury concerns up front don't stop there. Pascal Dupuis left Thursday's game in the second period with a lower-body injury and may miss Saturday's game, while Andrew Ebbett suffered a broken ankle and was placed on injured reserve.

The Bruins (18-8-2), meanwhile, have issues on their back end. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk was taken off on a stretcher after a hit from behind by Montreal's Max Pacioretty in the first period of Thursday's 2-1 loss.

Boychuk was taken to the hospital but cleared to travel back to Boston. He'll undergo an MRI on his lower back there, though it appears he'll be out for a while.

"We're all hoping he's going to be okay, but at that moment you can't really do much; you're just hoping that he's going to be okay," said defensive partner Zdeno Chara. "It's never an easy sight."

The Bruins' play in the second was also tough to swallow for coach Claude Julien. Montreal scored both of its goals in that period while outshooting Boston 18-7.

Julien's team has a minus-2 goal differential in the second period this season. It has outscored opponents by 10 in the first and nine in the third.

"The second period was atrocious," Julien said. "It was unacceptable.

"There are no excuses about playing with five defensemen. We have to look in the mirror."

Defenseman Adam McQuaid has missed nine of the past 12 games with a groin injury, but the Bruins may be able to afford a dent in their defensive depth with Tuukka Rask in net. Rask has a 1.69 goals-against average and .941 save percentage at home, both among the best marks in the league.

He gave up only two goals in the Bruins' Eastern Conference finals sweep of Pittsburgh last spring, but has posted the same line in two starts against the Penguins this season - stopping 28 of 31 shots.

Pittsburgh won 3-2 at home Oct. 30, then the Bruins won 4-3 in overtime at the TD Garden on Nov. 25 despite blowing a two-goal, third-period lead as Crosby tied it with 0.3 seconds left.

The Penguins have the NHL's best power play (26.5 percent) while both Pittsburgh and Boston have top-five penalty kills, but don't expect special teams to be a huge part in this one. There have been a total of five power plays in the six-plus periods between the teams this season.

The only game in the last nine in which the Penguins failed to score with the man advantage (12 for 27, 44.4 percent) was when they went 0 for 1 against Boston.

Last Updated: 6/25/2018 2:53:49 PM EST

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