March 8, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Lightning

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

40-17-5 (85 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.13 (4th) 2.18 (2nd) 20.8% (8th) 82.5% (13th)
 
34-24-5 (73 pts) 4th in Atlantic
5th in East
2.76 (13th) 2.54 (11th) 16.9% (19th) 80.0% (25th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (21) David Krejci (39) David Krejci (55) Johnny Boychuk (+29)
Lucic, McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (27) Tuukka Rask (2.13) Tuukka Rask (.928)
      
Valtteri Filppula (20) Victor Hedman (30) Filppula, Hedman (41) Ondrej Palat (+21) Radko Gudas (122) Ben Bishop (29) Ben Bishop (2.07) Ben Bishop (.931)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 3, 2013: Tampa 1 @ Boston 3

Oct. 19, 2013: Boston 5 @ Tampa 0

Nov. 11, 2013: Tampa 0 @ Boston 3

Mar. 8, 2014: Boston @ Tampa

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Kelly - Soderberg - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Tuukka Rask

Adam McQuaid (quad)
Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)

 


Killorn - Stamkos - Purcell
Palat - Filppula - Callahan
Brown - Johnson - Panik
Aulie - Thompson - Pyatt

Hedman - Salo
Carle - Barberio 
Brewer - Kostka 


Ben Bishop

Radko Gudas (lower body)
Brian Lee (knee)
Mattias Ohlund (knee) 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins come into this one riding a three-game winning streak. They've outscored opponents 13-4 during that stretch.

* The B's lineup will remain the same, meaning we'll have to wait for the debuts of Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter.

* Steven Stamkos returned to Tampa's lineup Thursday. He was held pointless in a 3-1 loss at home to Buffalo, but did win 17-of-24 (71%) faceoffs. It was the third straight setback for the Bolts, who are 3-7-0 in their last ten games.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


David Krejci (5 pts last 3 GP)

Jarome Iginla (12 pts last 9 GP)

Reilly Smith (0 pts last 3 GP)

Zdeno Chara (0 pts last 4 GP)

* The Bruins have won their last seven games against Tampa. The last loss was a 6-1 defeat on March 13, 2012.

* Patrice Bergeron has 30 points in 33 career games against the Lightning.

 

Victor Hedman (15 pts last 13 GP)

Mike Kostka (2 pts last 2 GP)

Ryan Malone (0 pts last 12 GP)

Ondrej Palat (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Teddy Purcell has just one goal in 16 career games against Boston.

* Mike Kostka led UMass blueliners with 21 points during his senior season in 2007-08.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Ryan Callahan was part of the NHL's first captain-for-captain trade on Wednesday, heading from Broadway to Tampa Bay in exchange for longtime Bolt Martin St. Louis. He played in his last game as a Ranger against the Bruins on March 2 and will play in his second game as a member of the Lightning against them tonight. Now that he's got a game with the Bolts under his belt, it'll be interesting to see how Game 2 with his new club goes.

* It didn't come in handy on Thursday, but Stamkos tends to be, well, unstoppable on home ice. In 10 games at the St. Pete Tampa Bay Times Forum Arena or whatever they're calling it now, he has 10-6-16 totals. Last season, he had 34 points in 24 home contests. Good luck to the Bruins defense, as Tampa coach Jon Cooper will have the luxury of last change.

* Based on the aforementioned history between these two clubs, a betting man would have to put his money on the Black and Gold over the St. Louis-less Lightning. This season alone, the Bruins have outscored Tampa 11-1 in their three matchups. Ben Bishop has had a dynamite season, but he was pulled after allowing four goals in 36 minutes in his lone start against the B's this year. Throw in Tampa's current slump, and the lingering fallout from their captain's departure, and this one has runaway win for the Bruins written all over it.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com