Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Bruins are facing the former team of newly acquired Forward Brett Connolly, who is out with a fractured finger. Both teams are on a winning streak, with the Lightning on a four game winning streak after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in overtime on Tuesday.  The Bruins are coming from a positive note, with the Bruins beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. Either way, a winning streak is going to be broken, lets just say I hope it’s the Lightning gets their winning streak CRUSHED. In the last game against these two teams, David Pastrnak scored twice, Milan Lucic had a goal, and Steven Stamkos scored twice for the Lightning. That game was a 4-3 win for the Bruins at home.

PROJECTED LINEUPS:

(By the way, I typically project these from practices that day or the last game, if that game was a win.)

Boston Bruins:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith

Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak

Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Max Talbot

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton

Dennis Seidenberg-Matt Bartkowski

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Niklas Svedberg

Healthy Scratch: Brian Ferlin

Injuries: David Krejci (MCL), Kevan Miller (Shoulder), Brett Connolly (Finger)

Scoring Streaks: Loui Eriksson (3G,1A in 4 games), Milan Lucic (2A in two games), Ryan Spooner (3G,4A in 6 games)

Notes: Reilly Smith is 4 points away from getting 100 NHL Regular Season points.

Tampa Bay Lightning:

Alex Killorn-Steven Stamkos-Ryan Callahan

Jonathan Drouin-Tyler Johnson-Nikita Kucherov

Brenden Morrow-Valtteri Filppula-JT Brown

Mike Angelidis-Brian Boyle-Vladislav Namestnikov

Anton Stralman-Victor Hedman

Nikita Nesterov-Jason Garrison

Andrej Sustr-Mark Barderio

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Healthy Scratch: None

Injuries: Matthew Carle (Abdomen), Braydon Coburn (Lower Body), Ondrej Palat (Lower Body), and Cedric Paquette (Upper Body)

Scoring Streaks:Tyler Johnson (3G,6A in nine games) and Braydon Coburn (2A in two games)

Notes: Coburn, Paquette, and Palat have all been announced to miss games due to injury.

CURRENT RECORDS:

Boston: 34-22-10 (2nd Wild Card Spot in East)

Tampa Bay: 42-20-6 (2nd in Atlantic, 3rd in East)

^AHC

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