3 Key Factors for the Boston Bruins in Their Prime-Time Showdown with Pittsburgh

January 6th, 2015 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Physical energy, mental freshness and emotional incentive should all be in sufficient supply for the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins alike this Wednesday. Those factors alone will only make a difference if one team inexplicably fails to show up.

The latter prospect is particularly unlikely in that both parties are coming off a disappointing weekend. The Bruins have lost three straight overtime/shoot decisions, most recently in Carolina on Sunday. The Pens endured a 4-1 repression via the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Both teams, though, will have had multiple days to recover and prepare for one another leading up to their encounter at the Consol Energy Center.

In one other common thread, each side figures to employ a relatively new winger with the initials “DP.” An official team press release Tuesday morning confirmed that David Pastrnak is rejoining the Bruins after finishing the World Junior Championship.

Meanwhile, eighth-year NHL veteran David Perron is raring to put in his second appearance for Pittsburgh, which acquired him from Edmonton last week.

From a Bruins standpoint, both of those ...

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