The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins have been two of the three hottest teams in the NHL since January 1. Following an eventual trade deadline, the squads face off on Thursday (7 PM ET) for a preview of a likely Eastern Conference playoff matchup.
The Boston Bruins made one of the biggest splashes this trade deadline, picking up the former 40-goal scorer, Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. With 84 points on the season and 21 games still to play, the Bruins look poised to give Tampa Bay a run for their money for top spot in the East. They’ll be without the best all-round player on their team for an indefinite period, however, as Patrice Bergeron suffered a fractured foot while blocking a shot on Saturday.
Pittsburgh, too, was active over the trade deadline, picking up Derek Brassard from the Ottawa Senators. Brassard is set to slot in as the team’s third line centre behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and will give the Penguins arguably the best top three centre combination in the NHL. The Pens also suffered injury news this this week, however, as Matt Murray was diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely.