NHL Hockey

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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, November 4, 2019
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 17,193

Red-hot Bruins look to topple Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins

  1. The Bruins have won six straight over the Penguins in Boston and seven of the last nine. The Bruins have a .735 points percentage against the Penguins at home all-time -- that is the best home record by any opponent against another in NHL history (minimum 100 games played).
  2. Pittsburgh lost at home to Edmonton on Saturday, 2-1 in overtime. It was their fourth game this season with one or zero goals, tied for third most in the league, after they did so in just 15 games last season, tied for 10th fewest in the NHL.
  3. Boston has won five straight and has earned points in nine straight. The Bruins' 10-1-2 start is tied for their best 13-game start in franchise history with the 1929-30 team (11-2-0). The 1929-30 Bruins still hold the record for the best single-season record in NHL history (38-5-1).
  4. David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists in the Bruins' 5-2 win over Ottawa on Saturday. He is up to 13 goals and 14 assists on the season -- the last player with 13+ goals and 13+ assists through 13 team games was Jaromir Jagr in 1999-00 (13g, 15a) -- Jagr would go on to win the Art Ross Trophy in 1999-00.
  5. After recording 12 points over the first seven games of the season, Sidney Crosby has just five points in his last seven. Crosby has scored 53 points in 39 career games against the Bruins -- his 1.36 points-per-game average against Boston is the highest among active players (minimum 15 games played).
  6. The Bruins and Penguins are tied with the Canucks for the best even-strength goal differential this season at +11. But Boston ranks second in special teams goal differential at +9 (Vegas, +10) while Pittsburgh is tied for ninth at +3.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Going into their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins have won five games in a row and have used a nine-game point streak (7-0-2) to soar to the top of the Atlantic Division.

"We are playing well as a team and that always helps, and that's a huge pickup," Boston right wing David Pastrnak said. "We're all doing well and playing with a lot of confidence, so obviously that helps. But yeah, we're winning, and that's the major thing."

Pastrnak has an 11-game point streak (13 goals, 27 points), second on the team to linemate Brad Marchand's 12-game point streak (eight goals, 23 points). All of Pastrnak's points have come during his streak, and he leads the NHL in points and is tied for the lead in goals.

Pastrnak had a goal and two assists, and Marchand a goal and an assist Saturday when Boston's strong third period turned a 2-2 tie after two periods into a 5-2 win over Ottawa.

"He is on another level right now," Marchand said of Pastrnak. "His ability to make plays. ... He's just seeing things that other guys just could never see."

Bruins forward David Backes left Saturday's game because of an upper-body injury after a nasty collision that sent Ottawa's Scott Sabourin off the ice on a stretcher and to the hospital. The Boston Herald reported that Backes is doubtful to play on Monday.

Boston has a plus-19 goal differential, tied for best in the NHL, something that is traced not only to production from Pastrnak, Marchand and others, but also the goaltending of Tuukka Rask, who is 7-0-1 and leads the league with a 1.49 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.

The Penguins, meanwhile, are 2-0-1 in their past three games, and have a new injury after finally playing one game with a full roster. They had missed at least one player -- and at times several, mostly forwards -- because of injury before center Evgeni Malkin's return Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Edmonton, but now winger Patric Hornqvist is out because of a lower-body injury.

Malkin, who had missed 11 games, led his team with six shots, but Oilers goaltender Mike Smith was stifling, making 51 saves.

"He played well," Pittsburgh defenseman Justin Schultz said of Malkin. "You can obviously see the impact that he has on our team when he's in our lineup. We're certainly a much more difficult team to play against. We're harder from a matchup standpoint. For his first game back, after missing a fair amount of time, he had a pretty good game."

The Penguins enter the game at Boston without a power-play goal in eight straight games, an 0-for-19 drought, but they aren't panicking. Not only do they have Malkin back, but they also like the way they are moving the puck and getting scoring chances.

"The only thing that's missing right now is finish," Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. "If we weren't generating scoring chances or we didn't have (offensive) zone time or we didn't have a high success rate on the zone entries or we were losing faceoffs or things of that sort, then we could look at the structure and the process and the execution.

"As I've said to our players, we have to stay with it. We've got to hang in there. We can't get discouraged. We've just got to get more determined."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 4, 2019

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