The Boston Bruins look to make tonight their fourth win in a row after a rather disappointing first half of the season. With a win tonight, not only would the Bruins continue a win streak but they would continue their winning record against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season the B’s swept the Lightning with four straight wins. In fact, Boston has won eight straight games against Tampa Bay since the 2011-12 season.
So naturally the Lightning are ahead into tonight looking to end this. The Lightning will try to rebound from a 7-3 loss last night to the Philadelphia Flyers. The defeat snapped Tampa Bay’s three game win streak. However, the Lightning have still won seven of their last nine. With their loss last night, they also lost two players to lower body injuries. Victor Hedman and Tyler Johnson will most likely not be in the lineup tonight. Both are leading scorers for the Lightning so they’ll have to look for others to step up if they want to beat the Bruins.
Meanwhile the Bruins lineup will remain the same as Saturdays game with David Pastrnak remaining with the team. Pastrnak scored two of Boston’s three goals on Saturday for his first two NHL career goals. He’ll continue playing on a line with David Krejci and Brad Marchand. Tuukka Rask is expected to start in net tonight.
Like I said before the Bruins are on a three-game winning streak but they also have points in seven straight games (4-0-3). Boston sits in 4th in the Atlantic division 8 points behind the 1st place team the Lightning. Needless to say tonight’s game could be a good test for the B’s.
Puck drops at 7pm tonight and you can check out the action on NESN!