Thanks to Nemo this is the real first time the Boston Bruins will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Because they’re playing in Tampa, snow (thankfully) won’t get in the way of this match up which is sure to be a good one. This is the third of a five game roadtrip the Bruins are on and they are currently 5-1-1 on the road.
The Bruins have played one of the fewest game schedules (13 games) thus far but are still 2nd in their division and 5th in the Eastern Conference with 20 points. Meanwhile the Lightning are 15 games in, tied for first in the SouthEast division and 8th in conference with 17 points. The two points up for grabs tonight are clearly important.
You read that correctly, don’t worry about your computer being messed up! In the past four games, the Bruins have scored power play goals in 3 of them. At a time where the Bruins win streak has slowed a bit, this is crucial. They have lost the past two of three, however, they are coming off of a win Sunday at Winnipeg.
Can Tampa be Tamed?
Tonight the Lightning will wrap up a two-game homestand and will hit the road for back-to-back games. The Bolts have scored a total of 10 goals over their past two games. They have thus far been a defensive weapon and will definitely put the B’s offense to a test.
Well wouldn’t you know that Benoit Pouliot, yes former Bruins Pouliot, has a four-game point streak. While, Vincent Lecavalier has two goals and three assists during a five-game points streak and Steven Stamkos has netted three goals in the past two games. Seeing that many Lightning players on a hot streak means the B’s defense will have to step up.
On the Bruins end, goalie man Tuukka Rask is 3-0-1 in his past four starts, giving up just six goals in that span. He is expected to get the start tonight. Brad Marchand also has goals in three of the last four games.
The Bruins had a handful of players miss practice this week from flu-like symptoms but they all have made the trip to Tampa.
The Puck drops tonight at 7:30 and you can check it out on NESN and NHLN!
For the Tampa Bay side of things check out Sons of Andreychuk!