April 25, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Lightning

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning:

SEASON SERIES

Feb. 21 – BOS 4 @ TBL 2
Mar. 2 – TBL 2 @ BOS 3
Apr. 25 – TBL @ BOS

NEWS AND NOTES

* Tampa Bay is coming off a 5-2 win at home over the Leafs last night. Martin St. Louis had a hat trick.

* The Bruins have won just one of their last six games. They’re tied – yep, still – with the Habs for first in the Northeast but hold the tiebreaker thanks to a game in hand.

* Tonight’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9 at TD Garden but was postponed due to winter storm Nemo.

STANDINGS

Boston: 27-13-5, 59 points (1st in division, 2nd in conference)
Tampa Bay: 18-24-4, 40 points (4th in division, 14th in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / TBL

GOALS: Brad Marchand (18) / Steven Stamkos (29)
ASSISTS: Bergeron Krejci (22) / Martin St. Louis (42)
POINTS: Marchand, Jagr (35) / Martin St. Louis (58)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+24) / Pouliot, Salo (+9)
PIM: Zdeno Chara (66) / B.J. Crombeen (112)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (150) / Steven Stamkos (151)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:52) / Matt Carle (23:45)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (18) / Ben Bishop (11)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (2.03) / Ben Bishop (2.67)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.927) / Ben Bishop (.920)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Carl Soderberg (2 pts in last 2 GP), Jaromir Jagr (8 pts in last 8 GP)
Tampa Bay: Martin St. Louis (5 pts in last 2 GP)

ICE COLD
Boston: Milan Lucic (0 pts in last 3 GP), Rich Peverley (0 pts in last 6 GP)
Tampa Bay: Teddy Purcell (1 pt in last 5 GP), Ryan Malone (0 pts in last 7 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: The Bruins have the second best goal differential in the East (+23). Boston is 15-4-3 on home ice.
Tampa Bay: The Lightning are currently the only non-playoff team in the NHL with a positive goal differential (+2). The Bolts are 6-15-2 on the road.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* Anders Lindback recently returned from a month-long absence due to an ankle injury, allowing three goals on 28 shots in a loss to the Hurricanes. He’s done poorly on the road all season and gave up four goals in his only career appearance against the Bruins earlier this season. Much like the Panthers game on Saturday, the Bruins have to take advantage of a weak opponent with nothing to play for.

* Claude Julien finally got a little angry during his most recent post-game press conference, calling out his club for, basically, not playing up to their abilities and slacking in the effort department. Might they finally respond and give us a full 60-minute effort in this one?

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: Tuukka Rask (18-9-4, 2.03, .927)
Tampa Bay: Anders Lindback (10-8-1, 2.88, .903)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Lucic – Krejci – Peverley
Kelly – Soderberg – Jagr
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Redden - McQuaid

TampaBay
St. Louis – Stamkos – Purcell
Killorn – Lecavalier – Panik
Labrie – Thompson – Crombeen
Pouliot – Pyatt – Tyrell

Hedman – Salo
Carle – Brewer
Aulie – Gudas

Lindback
Bishop

 

Photo credit: Getty Images

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