Live In Game Blog Preview: Boston at Tampa Bay

This rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals couldn’t showcase two teams moving in opposite directions.  The Boston Bruins, fresh off of winning the Stanley Cup, are atop the Eastern Conference this season.  On the contrary, injuries have affected the Bolts the entire season and have plummeted to the bottom of the Conference.

Stat Leaders:

Boston: Goals – Seguin (17), Assists – Bergeron (25), Points – Seguin (40)
Tampa Bay: Goals – Stamkos (30), Assists – St. Louis (26), Points – Stamkos (50)

Starting Goaltenders:

Boston: Tim Thomas – 18-8-4, 1.99GAA, .937SV%
Tampa Bay: Mathieu Garon – 11-13-3, 3.03GAA, .899SV%

Scratches/Injuries:

Boston: Marchand (suspension), Peverley (personal matters)
Tampa Bay: J.T. Wyman (lacerated right pinky finger), Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body) Adam Hall (forearm), Victor Hedman (concussion), Ryan Shannon (lower body) and Mattias Ohlund (arthroscopic right knee surgery)

Game Notes:

The Bruins clearly have an advantage in this game.  They’re goaltending has been amazing by both Thomas and backup Tuukka Rask.  A healthy lineup gives the Bruins a huge advantage as well.  Stamkos and St. Louis will need to be a force, especially early on if the Lightning want to have a chance of winning this game.  The Lightning defensemen will have to work on shutting down Boston’s top scorers: Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and David Krejci.

Follow the game live in game blog here.

Tonight the Bruins look to continue their hot streak going while the Lightning try to snap their funk and gain some momentum.  The game can be viewed on NESN or SUN Sports.

More to Come..

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