Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/12/13
10:15 a.m. ET: So far, so good on the week from hell for the Bruins, but they’ll get another big-time test on Tuesday night. The B’s continue their stretch of five games in seven days with a trip to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. It marks the second leg of a back-to-back after Boston beat Ottawa 3-2 in a shootout Monday night. The Bruins are now 3-0-0 in the first half of back-to-back games, but they are only 1-1-0 in the back half of those instances so far this season. As expected, the Penguins are among the NHL’s elite teams this season, entering Tuesday’s game in third place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind the Bruins. The Pens are also red-hot as of late having won five in a row. They’re doing it for the most part recently without one of the best players in the world. Evgeni Malkin missed some time recently with a concussion. He returned briefly, but is out again with what’s being called an upper-body injury. Sidney Crosby once again looks like a Hart Trophy candidate, especially given his play in Malkin’s absence. The forward enters Tuesday on an eight-game point streak with 19 points in those eight games. For the Bruins, it will be interesting to keep an eye on a couple of things. Tuukka Rask looked very good Monday night in Ottawa, but you have to wonder if he’ll make the start on back-to-back nights. This is obviously a pretty big one, so maybe Claude Julien throws his No. 1 back in there. We’ll also monitor what goes on with the Chris Kelly situation. As of right now, there’s no update on the forward after he left Monday’s game with an apparent leg injury. Puck drop for this potential playoff preview in Pittsburgh is set for 7:30 p.m.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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