Penguins/Bruins PREVIEW

Friday, March 29, 2013
With only 10 games left, every night becomes a battle for two points. Tonight, the  Penguins host the Providence Bruins at 7:05 EST.

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Expected Starting Goalies

Brad Thiessen (WBS): 14-11-1, 2.68 GAA, .903 SV%, 4 SO
Niklas Svedberg (PRO): 31-7-2, 2.25 GAA, .923 SV%, 3 SO

Breaking Down the Matchup

PENGUINS (7th - EAST): 3rd Place East Division, 34-28-2-1 = 71 points 
Providence (3rd - EAST): 1st Place Atlantic Division, 40-20-0-5 = 85 points

Leading Scorers

PENGUINS: Chad Kolarik (24G, 31A), Trevor Smith (19G, 23A), Riley Holzapfel (17G, 25A)
Providence: Ryan Spooner (13G, 34A), Jamie Tardif (27G, 12A), Craig Cunningham (23G, 16A)

For the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo has been re-assigned to the AHL Penguins for what Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma says is three games for Bortuzzo to get in some ice time before the NHL trading deadline. Jeff Zatkoff was called up to Pittsburgh yesterday, while Beau Bennett was re-assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The AHL Penguins also added goaltender Scott Darling to a PTO to fill the void left by Zatkoff's departure. The injured list has just two names on it. Phil Dupuis has been out of the lineup since missing the game against Norfolk on January 15th but skated on his own last week for about 30 miuntes. Tom Kuhnhackl is out for the season as he had shoulder surgery after injuring his shoulder on December 1st. 

Injured list: Tom Kuhnhackl (shoulder surgery - out for season) and Phil Dupuis (out indefinitely since 1/15)

Healthy Scratches: Clark Seymour, Cody Wild, Christian Minella, Dominik Uher and Steve MacIntyre

Expected lineup:

Holzapfel - Smith - Kolarik
Bennett - Gibbons - Megna
Collins - Peters - Thompson
Farnham - Sill - Payerl

Reese - Dumoulin
Mormina -Grant
Bortuzzo - Samuelsson


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