It’s Trade Deadline Eve. Don’t forget to leave milk and cookies out for Santa Sweeney and be sure to keep the Trade Tracker bookmarked.
As for the task at hand:
It’s a battle for second place tonight as the Bruins take on The Tampa Bay Lightning. Both teams are 6-4-0 in their last ten games. The Lighting are riding a 5 game win streak with Stamkos scoring in those five games. Bruins are hoping to improve on their 13-15-3 home record while Tampa has gone 15-12-2 on the road.
What’s on tap?
The second period wasn’t catastrophic. That was nice, I guess.
Welcome to the second period, please keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times.
Iron Man Doug Jarvis welcomes you to…
The Insurance Capital of the World uh, Raleigh.
The Bruins head into Carolina for what could very well be a game of lasts: Eric Staal’s last game as a Hurricane, and Loui Eriksson’s last as a Bruin. Both will be unrestricted free agents in July, and the trade deadline is this coming Monday.
Our favourite play-by-play guy may not be calling the game on air but he is on the Twittermachine.
What else is there to say?
So, this game starts at 7:30pm because of The Night You Love to Hate™ “Rivalry Night on NBCSNPDQASAPOMGWTFBBQ”. Yes, this is such a natural rivalry, this Penguins and Bruins matchup. Is it like Fashion Police where we’ll ask each other who wore it better? I mean C’MON both teams wear versions of black and gold, with only one being the true Black & Gold™.
Anyway, the Bruins hope to sweep the last game of the intraconference series against the Penguins at home at the TD Garden tonight. Both teams are vying for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with each sitting in the Wild Card (Bruins in 7th, Penguins in 8th) with only two points separating them. So, this game is actually pretty important. The Bruins are a disappointing 12-15-3 at home which isn’t encouraging expectations of a win tonight. Then again, it’s the Penguins who the B’s seem to know how to handle.