Thursday, February 25, 2016
NHL Odds: Healthy Bruins Host Hurt Penguins
Now that most of their players are healthy again, the Boston Bruins (32-22-6) are back in playoff position in the Eastern Conference. They've won 11 of their last 18 games to vault into third place in the Atlantic; Boston's opponents this Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-20-8), are on an even bigger roll at 9-3-1 in their last 14, but injuries could halt their playoff push.
The Penguins, who sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan at press time, could be missing as many as five players when they arrive at the Garden Wednesday night (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN). The most important of the five: centre Evgeni Malkin (23 goals, 26 assists), who sat out the last nine games with a lower-body injury, believed to be his knee. Malkin is questionable to face the Bruins.
Boston's lineup is almost completely intact, except for centre Chris Kelly, who was lost for the season back in November with a broken leg. Centre Ryan Spooner (illness) and defenseman Torey Krug (upper body) were both back in the lineup for Monday's 4-6 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets (+140 away). Krug leads the Bruins' power play with 12 assists.
Pens Minus Malkin Versus Bruins?
Evgeni Malkin (lower-body injury) could miss his 10th straight game for the 30-20-8 Pittsburgh Penguins when they visit the 32-22-6 Boston Bruins this Wednesday night. The puck drops at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN.
Malkin is listed as questionable for Wednesday with what's believed to be a knee injury. He's been skating on his own, but has yet to practice with the team as of press time. The big Russian is second on the Penguins this year with 23 goals and 49 points, behind only Sidney Crosby (25 goals, 56 points) for the team lead.
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