It's not who you play but when you play them. Common saying across all sports, and it might apply here.
The Bruins remain among the NHL's best, of course, but they blew a three-goal lead Monday night in Philadelphia and lost, 6-5, in a shootout that saw Brad Marchand hilariously abandon the puck at center ice, then were blanked the next night in Columbus, 3-0, after losing Tuukka Rask to a concussion in the opening couple of minutes.
Before that, the Bruins had rattled off three Ws in a row, though, over the Predators, Jets and Islanders, so it's not as if this is some extended thing. Just saying there haven't been many lapses of any level to this stage.
The Penguins won't have a morning skate. Mike Sullivan will meet with media at 5 p.m. The Bruins' skate is scheduled for 11 a.m. at their practice facility in nearby Brighton. Faceoff's at 7:08 p.m.. I've got this one, and Taylor Haase is headed to Detroit for the one tomorrow.