The Bruins are still on the road, touring the Flortheast, facing the division rival Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on NBCSN.
The Bruins are now at 41-13-12, putting them 1st in the Atlantic, and 1st in the league, 7 points ahead of the Tampa. And also 6 points ahead of the Blues. They are the 2nd team in the league (along with Tampa) to reach 40 regulation wins.
Last time in Bruins Hockey..
The Bruins were on Long Island, facing the New York Islanders
Tuukka Rask looked a little uncomfortable to start the game, but hung on to fend ff all 25 of 25 shots on net.
Bruins goals came from Pasta, Marchand, Grzelcyk & McAvoy.
The Bruins had the bulk of possession & shots during the first period, but it woulld largely even out over the course of the game. Once the Bruins put the first puck behind Varlamov, the game never felt in doubt.
What will be the lines today?
Bruce has been kicking around some new lines
Anton Blidh is still with the team.
Brett Ritchie & Steven Kampfer are still in Providence.
Ondřej Kaše and Nick Ritchie appear to be integrated into the lineup.
Chris Wagner, is day to day with an upper body injury after a tussle with Mattias Janmark. He did not practice on Friday, but did skate with the team today.
Brad Marchand missed practice due to illness, and is a game-time decision. In his stead, Jake DeBrusk was skating with the Bergeron line, swinging Bjork back to the left side, and Wagner to Coyle’s right.
There is no word on whether Marchand licked an ill Ondřej Kaše upon the Bruins signing the Czech player.
Injured defensemen Kevan Miller (fractured kneecap) “has no timeline” for his season debut, but has been skating on his own. Connor Clifton is on the roster but still on IR.
Nick Ritchie and Ondřej Kaše were on a Ritchie-Krejci-Kaše line vs Dallas & The Isles, and will be on that line today.
Kuhlman played on the Coyle line last game in lieu of Anders Bjork, but it looks like Bjorkie is in tonight.
Tuukka Rask will be in net today.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
Today’s opponents are the Tampa Bay Lightning. The last time the Bruins saw them was in December, when the Bolts were still in their early-season funk. They were, at that time, only in 6th place in the Atlantic division. Since that time, the Lightning have gone on some sustained winning streaks, nearly catching up with the Bruins in the standings, coming within 1 standings point of the league lead not so long ago. Fortunately for the Bruins, Tampa has run into a bit of a slump, going 2-4-0 in their last six games.
At the trade deadline, the Lightning picked up Blake Coleman (from the Devils) and Barclays Goodrow (from the Sharks). They also picked up Zach Bogosian from the void after Buffalo terminated his contract.
There are a couple of injuries of note – Ryan McDonagh has been dealing with a lower body injury since blocking a shot in early February. Jan Rutta is also working through an intermediate-term lower body injury. Most recently, Steven Stamkos suffered a core injury. He underwent a surgical procedure and will miss at least 6-8 weeks.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Athletic’s @JoeSmithTB)
#18 Ondrej Palat — #21 Brayden Point — #86 Nikita Kucherov
#20 Blake Coleman — #71 Anthony Cirelli — #17 Alex Killorn
#19 Barclay Goodrow — #9 Tyler Johnson — #37 Yanni Gourde
#14 Patrick Maroon — #67 Mitchell Stephens — #13 Cedric Paquette
#77 Victor Hedman — #81 Erik Cernak
#98 Mikhail Sergachev — #22 Kevin Shattenkirk
#55 Brayden Coburn — #24 Zach Bogosian
#88 Andrei Vasilevskiy
(#35 Curtis McElhinney)