Gameday: Bruins travel to Tampa to face Lightning
The Boston Bruins will not have to worry about Superstorm Nemo or any other effects from mother nature tonight as they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning.
The Lightning are holding on to that last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference while the Bruins sit fifth and trail the Northeast Division leading Montreal Canadiens by three points with three games in hand.
The Bruins are coming off a nice come-from-behind win in Winnipeg where it is always tough to play. Brad Marchand netted the game-winning power-play goal early on in the third period to lift the Black and Gold.
The Lightning won their previous two games in a row and play very good hockey at home sporting a 6-2-1 in front of their home crowd.
The Bruins are currently 1-1 on their five game road trip and expect Milan Lucic to return after missing Sunday’s game against the Jets due to personal reasons.
After the jump, lineups, storylines, linkage and tweets of interest
Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Tampa Bay Times Forum
T.V./Radio: NESN/ 98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (9-2-2, 20 points), Lightning (8-6-1, 17 points)
Bruins projected lineup
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell- Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Lightning projected lineup
Cory Conacher-Steven Stamkos-Teddy Purcell
Benoit Pouliot-Vincent Lecavalier-Martin St. Louis
Alex Killorn-Tom Pyatt-Nate Thompson
B.J. Crombeen-Brian Lee-Richard Panik
Eric Brewer-Matt Carle
Sami Salo-Victor Hedman
Keith Aulie-Marc-Andre Bergeron
Bruins to watch
Keep an eye on Chris Bourque tonight in Tampa Bay. He has played great hockey on this road trip and he is coming off probably his best game as a Boston Bruin last Sunday night in Winnipeg. He looked poised, was playing with great vision and was giving up his body. He was creating chances for teammates and was not afraid to shoot the puck. That is the Bourque this Bruins team needs so look for Bourque to continue his play with confidence.
Once again, let’s keep tabs on Tyler Seguin. He is coming off a nice game in Winnipeg on both sides of the puck. He netted his third goal of the season while skating end to end to break up a brilliant chance by Winnipeg. His confidence is starting to come back as well so let’s see if Seguin can put a little goal streak together to end this road trip.
Lightning to watch
When you talk about the Lightning, how do you not bring up Steven Stamkos? He must be accounted for at all times. This guy is as dangerous as they come. He has 10 goals and 12 assists in 15 games played and can change a game in an instant. He has four power-play goals as well so we will see how the Bruins penalty kill tries to limit Stamkos.
Also, a very dangerous player is Martin St. Louis who is a magnificent play maker. St. Louis has 18 assists in 15 games while also lighting the lamp four times. This offense is very dangerous and the B’s must play their best defensive game to have a chance to hold them off the board. The Bruins must be physical with Stamkos and St. Louis and make them uncomfortable.
The Flu-Ridden Bruins are all expected to play in Tampa Bay. (ESPNBoston)
Boston is considering Kevlar socks after the Erik Karlsson incident (Joe Haggerty CSNNE)
The Lightning look to improve their power-play against the Bruins’ top ranked penalty kill. (Damien Cristodero-Tampa Bay Times)
Tweets of interest
Lightning coach Guy Boucher praises the Bruins (via @NHLBruins)
Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher just addressed media, said “When you play Boston, you don’t just play a team – you play a culture.”^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 21, 2013
And tonight is social media night in Tampa Bay (via @SunSportsFOXFL)
— FOX Sports Florida (@SunSportsFOXFL) February 21, 2013