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Life without Jarry, Penguins Gm 77: Lines, Notes & Odds vs. Bruins

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The rumors are swirling regarding the injury to Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry. He finished the Penguins’ 6-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday but did not make the trip today as the Penguins visit the Boston Bruins for an early lunch at TD Garden.

The puck drops just after 12:30.

UPDATE: Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Tristan Jarry will be out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

The Penguins have a five-point lead over the Washington Capitals for third place in the Metro Division, but Washington has two games in hand. Should the Penguins slip to the wild card position, they also have a two-point lead over Boston, which has two games in hand.

Tristan Jarry has been the Penguins’ rock this season but head coach Mike Sullivan announced he did not make the trip because he’s being evaluated for a lower-body injury. He made the All-Star Game and has maintained a save percentage over .920. The rumors are serious, but for now, they are just that. We won’t report them until there is some confirmation. Casey DeSmith is the Penguins’ starting goalie, and Louis Domingue is on an emergency recall to be the backup.

Both teams are going sideways down the stretch. The Penguins are 4-5-1 in their last 10, while the Boston Bruins are 5-5-0 and have lost three straight. Boston’s primary goalie, Linus Ullmark, was also injured this week.

The Bruins have not yet clinched a playoff berth but trail the third-place Tampa Bay Lightning by only three points. If Boston passes Tampa Bay, the Lightning would likely fall into the Metro Division playoffs. Wouldn’t that be fun?

As for matchups, Sidney Crosby with Rickard Rakell and Jake Guentzel have been monsters. Rakell had factored into five of the Penguins’ last seven goals before Thursday night. Then, Crosby and Guentzel hooked up for three more goals. Guentzel had four points (2-2-4).

This is the third of Evgeni Malkin’s four-game suspension.

Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

LWCRW
Jake GuentzelSidney CrosbyRickard Rakell
Jason ZuckerEvgeni MalkinBryan Rust
Radim ZohornaTeddy BluegerBrock McGinn
Drew O'ConnorRyan PoehlingDrake Caggiula
LDRD
Brian DumoulinKris Letang
Marcus PetterssonJeff Petry
Ty SmithJan Rutta
Goalie
Tristan Jarry
Casey DeSmith

Boston Bruins Lines, per Boston Hockey Now:

Marchand-Bergeron-DeBrusk

Hall-Haula-Froden

Frederic-Coyle-Smith

Foligno-McLaughlin-Lazar

Defense:

Reilly-McAvoy

Grzelcyk-Brown

Forbort-Clifton

Goalie:

Jeremy Swayman

Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes:

*Boston’s special teams are in the top half of the league. The power play is 12th (21.8%), and the PK is eighth (82.1%). The Penguins PK remains second in the league (86.1%), and the power play has settled into the middle (15th, 20.9%).

*The Penguins have not been great in one-goal games. They are 14-7-11, but the Bruins are 22-4-5. Oddly, in two-goal games, the Penguins are 10-2, while Boston is 7-9.

*Nathan Beaulieu, whom the Penguins acquired at the NHL trade deadline, is the only player remaining on the injured list. He has been skating before practices but has not yet joined the team.

*Sidney Crosby has 65 points (17-48-65) in 51 career games against the Bruins. We detailed the silly statistics Sidney is compiling this season, including the most 80-point seasons among all active players and one of the best seasons ever by a player 34-years-old or older. Sidney Crosby stats.

*Sidney Crosby (1,405) and Alex Ovechkin (1,405) are tied for 21st in scoring in NHL history. Crosby has reached this point total in 1,102 games – 167 games fewer than Ovechkin’s 1,269 games.

*Crosby also has three-straight multi-point games.

*Jake Guentzel tied his single-game career-high with four points (2-2-4) Thursday night against New York, helping him establish a new career-best for points in a season with 78 (37G-41A). Guentzel has figured in on seven of Pittsburgh’s last 10 goals.

*Danton Heinen has goals in two consecutive games. He’s tied his career-high (16) in goals.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Pete Hoffman
Pete Hoffman
5 months ago

Lets Go Pens. Lots of hard hits to the Punk Marchand would be nice!