March 27th, 2012 by

Bruins return home to host Lightning

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dennis Seidenberg

(Getty Images) Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins will have a tough task tonight as they look to shut down Steven Stamkos, and the Tampa Bay Lightning

After a 2-1 road trip through California the Bruins return to Garden ice tonight where they host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning are coming off a 5-3 win last night over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins last played Sunday night where they knocked off the Ducks in Anaheim behind Marty Turco’s 25 saves.

Winners in four of their last five, the Bruins look to win their third in a row for the first time since late December. The Lightning who most likely will miss the playoffs just one year after coming within one Game 7 victory of the Stanley Cup Finals have won three in a row.

Tim Thomas—32-19-0 2.40 .920— will be in net for the Bruins. After getting the start in Philly last night Dwayne Roloson—11-14-2 3.65 .885— will once again be between the pipes for the Lightning.

Torey Krug skates with Bruins

Over the weekend the Bruins announced they have come to terms on a entry-level deal with Michigan State Captain Torey Krug. The young 20-year-old defenseman joined his newest teammates in today’s morning skate, and will join the club for their warm-up skate tonight according to Coach Claude Julien.

“Sure, absolutely” said Julien. “I do that sometimes with players that haven’t played in a while and they’re going to come back, which I did with [Rich] Peverley in L.A., knowing that he had a chance to play in Anaheim I wanted him to kind of get that part of it under his belt and then the next day same thing. It makes it a lot easier. So, no doubt, I’m going to certainly look into doing that with Torey.”

Julien also wouldn’t shoot down the idea that Krug could see some game action before the season ends.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about this player, and certainly haven’t had a chance to see him play. But we can get a pretty good idea just by watching him in practices, and tomorrow he’ll get a chance for a full practice with us and we’ll see where we go from there. Certainly not going to tell you right now that he’s not going to play, but we may give him an opportunity – depends on how everything goes. But the one thing he gets to do is experience the, I guess the level of competition here at the NHL.”

Krug will wear number 47 for the Bruins, which was previously worn by defensemen Steven Kampfer.

 Lines to remain the same

According to the Bruins bench boss he expects the lineup to remain the same as it was Sunday night in Anaheim. Here are the projected Bruins lines:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Beniot Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zannon- Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Marty Turco

Healthy Scratches: Daniel Pallie, Joe Corvo, Mike Mottau, and Torey Krug

 Game Notes

Steven Stamkos—53-35-88—has three goals in three games against the Bruins this season.
The Lightning have outscored the Bruins 12-8 in the three times the teams have met this season, he Bolts have won two of those three.
Tom Pyatt carries a three game goal streak into tonight’s game; he has four goals in his previous three.
Chris Kelly—3-4-7 in 5 games— Brian Rolston— 3-8-11 in 6 games— and Beniot Pouliot—1-2-3 in 2 games— all carry point streaks into tonight’s game.

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