Game Day Thread: T.B. Lightning @ Boston Bruins

Bolts vs Bears

Today, the Bruins are in Boston to play their 2nd game since the trade deadline, this time against the division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. On NBCSN

The Bruins looked pretty good in their post-deadline home debut, beating down the Sharks by a score of eleventy five to one. However, during the game, forward Noel Acciari stopped a Brent Burns pass with his face. The result was about as messy as one would expect.

So given that, many expected him to miss a game or two to get that fixed up.

Nope.

In fact, here’s him in the fish bowl (or fish-Noel)

What do the lines look like now?

Rather groovy, actually.

Coyle has been the 3rd line center since his acquisition, which pushed out Trent Frederic, who was sent down to Providence just before the St. Louis game. Two other AHL call-ups, Peter Cehlárik and Karson Kulman, had been playing on the middle six forward lines during David Pastrnak’s injury but once the acquisitions were made, they were also sent back down to clear up roster spots. With Acciari’s injury, Cehlárik and Kulman were called back up on an emergency basis, but it appears that Acciari will be good to go. While Pastrnak started skating at practice this week, he is going to be wearing a cast for another two weeks, and then will be wearing a splint. So logic dictates that we can expect him to be out for another two to four weeks. Kevan Miller has been working through an injury, and the team is taking it slow, so John Moore has been playing in his stead and will do so tonight. Tuukka Rask will be in net.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Marcus Johansson

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

David Backes

David Backes

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

John Moore

John Moore

Bruins Goaltending
#41 Jaroslav Halak (#40 Tuukka Rask)

Tonight’s opponent are the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins last faced the Lightning in early December, losing 2-3. I said at the time “They are scary as fuck right now”. Nothing about that has changed. They have already surpassed the 100 point mark on the season with a record of 49-11-4 which is good for 102 points, first place in the entire NHL and a 7 game lead on the #2 Calgary Flames. They have won 10 games in a row, and have a garish goal differential of +83. There are no injuries to their current roster, and they made no trades at the deadline. The last Lightning trade I am aware of was the January 11 trade with the Blackhawks where Slater Koekkoek was sent north, getting AHL defenseman Jan Rutta in return. In the Bruins’ favor, the bolts are on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, but this should be a pretty big test of where the two teams are relative to each other.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and @CaleyChelios)

Lightning Forwards
#18 Ondrej Palat — #91 Steven Stamkos — #10 J.T. Miller
#9 Tyler Johnson — #21 Brayden Point — #86 Nikita Kucherov
#17 Alex Killorn — #71 Anthony Cirelli — #37 Yanni Gourde
#73 Adam Erne — #13 Cedric Paquette — #24 Ryan Callahan
(Mathieu Joseph)

Lightning Defense
#77 Victor Hedman — #5 Dan Girardi
#27 Ryan McDonagh — #81 Erik Cernak
#98 Mikhail Sergachev — #6 Anton Stralman
(Brayden Coburn)

Panthers Goaltending
#70 Louis Domingue
(#88 Andrei Vasilevskiy)

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Wow!! This team is fun!!!

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CUE DIRTY WATER!!!!

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Only lightning in this game is that Bruin blitzkrieg!!

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Crap

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Woooooow

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HOLY CARP!!!!!

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Oh it’s on now!!! Dagger!!