The Boston Bruins face a well-documented yet befuddling problem that any team must answer when battling a healthy Pittsburgh Penguins team: how do you shut down one line featuring Sidney Crosby and another with Evgeni Malkin?
While matchups can change multiple times in the series, CSNNE.com reports that the current plan is to deploy the Bruins’ top defensive pairing (Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg) against the Malkin – James Neal – Jarome Iginla trio while they use their best two-way forward (Patrice Bergeron) against his pal Crosby.
The B’s have their own one-two punch of dangerous scoring lines with Bergeron helming one and playoff scoring leader David Krejci running the other, so Pittsburgh has its own problems to solve.
It could all make for a fascinating series. Game 1 kicks off on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.