More playoff action tonight. The Tampa Bay Lightning will return to the TD Garden to play the Bruins in game #4 of their 2nd round playoff series. The Bolts lead the series 2-1. The other 3 series are all currently tied at 2-2, hopefully the Bruins can do the same for this series.
It’s the 4th of May, and this is game #4 of the series so I feel it must be said…
And may the fORRth be with the Bruins. The meme IS in black & gold, right? But more importantly, the Bruins let the Bolts steal a game in their own barn – the B’s need to win this one and win it big.
The Bruins have shown less fire in this series than in the previous one, and it isn’t clear why. One troubling factor has been the shot differential – where they dropped from 40 shots per game to 25.
Bruins shots per game.
40, 28, 42, 21, 45, 33, 36 (avg 35)
24, 20, 29 (avg 24)
Drop: 31.4 pct
— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) May 3, 2018
Tampa has been running above 30 shots per game.
Tampa has also been more effective at owning the space in front of the net in both zones. While the Bruins have muffled the Miller-Stamkos-Kucherov line, only the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line has been effective for Boston.
Screw the Bolts!
Let’s do some lines.
Tommy Wingels appeared in the lineup in place of Tim Schaller during game 3 – it was not enough to give them a spark. The flavor of the day today seems to be Ryan Donato. Marchand and DeBrusk were game time decisions, but both were in warmups. Not in warmups: Wingels, Riley Nash
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|Tuukka Rask||(Anton Khudobin)|
Cory Conacher, Jake Dotchin, and Adam Erne have not gotten a lot of ice time lately.
I was fooled by Yanni Gourde not participating in morning skate Wednesday – it was due to his wife giving birth to their child. He played and was effective enough. Everyone is expected to play tonight. (h/t @CaleyChelios)
J.T. Miller — Steven Stamkos — Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz — Cedric Paquette — Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman — Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh — Anton Stralman
Brayden Coburn — Mikhail Sergachev