Once upon a February a not so little storm named Nemo came through Boston and cancelled a Boston Bruins/ Tampa Bay Lightning game. The two teams were supposed to have met up three times already, but tonight will be that makeup. The B’s are two-for-two against Tampa Bay this season and are going to go for the sweep. While the Bruins are three games away from playoff season, the Lightning are two away from golf season. If the Bruins want to maintain the number two seed in the Eastern Conference (they are currently tied with the Montreal Canadiens for first but have a game on hand) then they will have to pick up the win tonight against Tampa Bay.
Building Up Bruins Defense:
If I’m being honest here, the Bruins performance against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night was just terrible. There were too many turnovers and there were moments of weakness where the Bruins defense was exposed. With playoff’s so close, the Bruins cannot be losing to teams that didn’t even make the playoffs. The B’s will have to use these next three games as preparation for the Stanley Cup if they have any chance of making it past the quarterfinals.
Lightning Snap Losing Streak:
And they did it thanks to a Martin St.Louis hatty to help them beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Prior to this game, the Lightning had lost six in a row and were well out of playoff contention. The win also prevented Toronto from sweeping the Lightning. With the Bruins up two games this season, will the Lightning be able to avoid another sweep?
Well the Bruins Brad Marchand scored both game winners against the Lightning this season and is also the B’s leading scorer with 18 goals this season. As usual the B’s will have to watch out for Steven Stamkos who leads the Lightning with 29 goals and is second in the NHL in goals scored. Oh yeah and don’t forget St. Louis who currently leads the NHL with points (58) and assists (42). If the B’s don’t work on their defense, you can bet Tampa Bay will take full advantage.
Puck drops at 7:30 and the game can be found on NESN+!