Bruins Versus Lightning: Saturday Showdown

In the second meeting of three between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins look to win their sixth in a row. This would have been the final meeting between the teams but thanks to good ole Nemo, we will have a third match up in April. Actually, it was Bruins at Tampa that was the second game in the current 5 game win streak so if the B’s were to win tonight, two of the 6 would be courtesy of the Lightning. Both teams are currently battling it out in the Eastern Conference and with the season as short as it is, two points is huge.

Tyler Seguin looks for more points (Credit: Flickr/ Slidingsideways)

Long Road Ahead for the B’s:
In the month of March, the Bruins will play 17 games. Considering thus far the B’s have only played 17 games, this month could present a challenge. It doesn’t help that the Bruins power play at home is non existent. What has helped the team is the Bruins goaltending thanks to Tuukka Rask and the B’s PK. The Bruins penalty kill is at 93.9% and is leading the NHL by a landslide.

Lightning on the Road:
Tampa Bay is currently on a four-game roadtrip, with this being the second game. They got off to a rough start against the New York Rangers so they’ll be looking to bounce back in Boston. If they want to pick up the win, they’ll need to work on their shots on net as they were heavily out numbered against New York. They do however have a spectacular power play so it’ll be interesting to see how it matches against the B’s PK.

Who’s Hot:
Patrice Bergeron has a pair of goals and seven points in the past five games while Tyler Seguin has points in five his last six. On the Lightning side of things, Steven Stamkos is on an eight-game point streak with seven goals and 14 points.

The puck will drop at 1 on NESN!

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