8 a.m. ET: Well, then. It’s hard to imagine that we can try and get back to normalcy so quickly, but a little more than 12 hours after Boston’s finest did their job in the best way possible, we get back to pro sports. We do that first with the Bruins.
A few days after an emotionally charged game against Buffalo and a day after one of the craziest days in the history of this fine city, the Bruins are back at TD Garden, and they will have their work cut out for them. The conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins are in town for a game that’s been circled on the calendar for a while now.
Pittsburgh’s trip to the Garden means it will be Bruins fans’ first chance to see future Hall of Fame forward Jarome Iginla in a Penguins sweater. Iginla was expected by many to be on his way to Boston in the days leading up to the trade deadline, but the forward instead opted to go to Pittsburgh over Boston.
The Bruins have plenty of on-ice issues to take care of, too. One place they’ll look to improve upon is on the penalty kill. Boston’s PK unit has been terrific this season for much of the year, but they’ve hit a bump in the road lately. They’ve allowed two power-play goals in each of their last two games. That won’t get any easier when the Penguins and their second-ranked power play take the ice Saturday. It’s worth nothing, however, that Pittsburgh has had injuries, with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin missing time of late.
The game may also mark a night off for Milan Lucic. The big forward was on the “fifth line” at practice Thursday, and Claude Julien said there’s a chance Lucic will be a healthy scratch. There’s also a good chance that Carl Soderberg will make his long-awaited Bruins debut, which won’t help Lucic’s case to be in the lineup.
There’s plenty to keep an eye on, and we’ll keep you updated throughout the day leading up to puck drop at 12:30 p.m.