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National Hockey League
Preview
Pittsburgh at Boston
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 24, 2014
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to shake off the effects of a home-and-home sweep on Monday when they visit the Boston Bruins, who saw their six-game winning streak at TD Garden come to an end over the weekend. Evgeni Malkin notched a pair of assists in Pittsburgh's 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Friday and extended his point streak to four games by scoring his team's lone goal in a 4-1 setback the following night. "All we do after this one is forget it," captain Sidney Crosby said Saturday after being held off the scoresheet for the second straight contest.

While the Penguins fell into a first-place tie with the upstart Islanders, the Bruins watched front-running Montreal bolster its lead in the Atlantic Division at their expense with a 2-0 loss on Saturday. Tuukka Rask traditionally has struggled against the Canadiens, but the reigning Vezina Trophy winner also hasn't fared that well versus Pittsburgh - posting a 3-5-0 mark with a 2.65 goals-against average. At the other end of the ice resides Marc-Andre Fleury, who will vie for his 300th career victory.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (13-4-2): Pittsburgh's potent power play has sputtered of late, going 1-for-10 over the last six contests after beginning the season on a torrid 21-for-56 stretch in its first 13 games. Despite his team's recent struggles, Penguins coach Mike Johnston noted to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the opponents aren't feasting with their chances as well. "If you look at the numbers both ways, it seems like the games we've played lately there haven't been very many power plays either way," Johnston said. "It'd be different if one team was getting five and we're only getting one."

ABOUT THE BRUINS (13-9-0): Chris Kelly became the latest addition to the team's walking wounded when he suffered an undisclosed injury versus Columbus on Friday. "It's important for us as a coaching staff to really stay positive and upbeat," coach Claude Julien said when discussing the rash of injuries that also includes David Krejci (undisclosed), Brad Marchand (undisclosed), captain Zdeno Chara (knee) and defenseman Adam McQuaid (thumb). Despite the growing list, Boston elected to assign forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad back to Providence of the American Hockey League.

OVERTIME

1. Pittsburgh LW Chris Kunitz has recorded four goals and five assists during his nine-game point streak versus Boston.

2. The Bruins won two of three versus the Penguins last season, with each contest being decided by one goal.

3. Pittsburgh is 5-1-1 at TD Garden over the last five seasons.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Bruins 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Pittsburgh 13-4-1-1 L2 6-2-0-1 7-2-1-0 0-0-0-0 13-4-1-1 3-3-0-1
Boston 13-9-0-0 L1 8-5-0-0 5-4-0-0 1-1-0-0 12-8-0-0 6-5-0-0
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh Boston
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/7/13 PIT 2 BOS 3 30 18 2-7 21 28 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh M. Niskanen 2
Boston R. Smith 2
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh C. Kunitz 1
Boston Z. Chara 1
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh M. Niskanen 2
Boston P. Bergeron 1
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 18
Boston T. Rask 28
Season
Total Points Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 26
Boston P. Bergeron 22
Goals Player  
Pittsburgh P. Hornqvist 10
Boston P. Bergeron 9
Assists Player  
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 18
Boston P. Bergeron 13
Saves Player  
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 462
Boston T. Rask 443
Quickchart Matchup
Pittsburgh Off vs  Boston Def
3.53 GF
2.45 GA
31.6 Shots
28.3 Shots
22 PP
14 PK
Boston Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.5 GF
2.26 GA
29.5 Shots
29.7 Shots
11 PP
9 PK