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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Preview and Predictions 12-06-2018 in NHL


The Boston Bruins may finally be feeling the effects of an injury-plagued roster and will try to manage a split in their swing through the Sunshine State when they visit the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in an Atlantic Division battle. The Bruins have dropped two straight, including a 5-0 setback at Florida on Tuesday, with All-Star center Patrice Bergeron and three top-six defensemen unavailable.

"Tonight it was men against boys," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters after Tuesday's setback. ". ... There are no easy answers. What we've done over the last few weeks as we've been depleted in the blue line is that we've stayed in games, played good team defense, got good goaltending and our power play has picked us up when we needed it." The Bruins, who could get defenseman Charlie McAvoy (concussion) back in the lineup soon, were 4-1-1 before their two-game slide and face the red-hot Lightning for the first time this season after being eliminated by them in the second round of the playoffs in May. Tampa Bay, which starts a four-game homestand after winning four straight and seven of its last eight contests to lead the league in points (43), rallied from a two-goal deficit twice and earned a 6-5 shootout win at Detroit on Tuesday. "We had a lot of different players step up (Tuesday)," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters. "That's a sign that good things are happening."

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TVA, NESN (Boston), FS Sun (Tampa Bay) 

ABOUT THE BRUINS (14-9-4): Brandon Carlo returned the last two games after missing three weeks with a shoulder injury to give Boston three regulars on the blue line with captain Zdeno Chara (knee), McAvoy and Kevan Miller (throat) still out. Right wing David Pastrnak leads the team with 19 goals and 30 points, but has been kept off the scoresheet four times in eight games since linemate Bergeron went down with a shoulder injury. Left wing Brad Marchand (seven goals, 24 points), the other member of the top line, has been held to a goal and three assists in eight games since Bergeron (nine goals, 26 points) was knocked out of the lineup.



ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (21-7-1): Right wing Nikita Kucherov (12 goals, 30 assists) saw his 10-game point streak come to an end Tuesday, but scored the deciding tally in the shootout as Tampa Bay improved to 5-1 after regulation. Mathieu Joseph scored twice and set up Cedric Paquette for the tying short-handed goal Tuesday while their fourth-line mate Ryan Callahan registered his first multi-point effort of the season (two assists). Paquette, who already has two more goals (seven) than last season, told reporters: "I'm feeling really good. Confidence is high. I think the way our line is playing, our team's playing, we're having success just by playing simple."

OVERTIME

1. Tampa Bay G Louis Domingue, who was 8-3-0 in 11 straight starts before being rested Tuesday, should be back in net.

2. Boston G Tuukka Rask has a .934 save percentage his last five games overall and is expected between the pipes Thursday.

3. The Bruins, who lost in five games to the Lightning in the playoffs last spring, won three of four in the regular season.

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Amalie Arena
Tampa, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 19,204

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Last Injuries

Boston Bruins

  • Kevan Miller

    Lower Body
    out for season | out

    Miller has a lower-body injury and is unlikely to participate in Stanley Cup Final.

  • Chris Wagner

    Forearm
    out for season | out

    Wagner is dealing with a right forearm injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Zdeno Chara

    Foot
    Prob May 27 | probable

    Chara is nursing a right foot injury but it is not expected to impede his status for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Noel Acciari

    Upper Body
    Out Tues | out

    Acciari is dealing with an upper-body injury and will not face the Hurricanes in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Charlie McAvoy

    Suspension
    Elig Sun | probable

    McAvoy has served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head and is expected to return for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hurricanes.

  • Zdeno Chara

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Chara exited Thursday's game due to a left foot injury, and it is unclear if he will return.

  • John Moore

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Moore has an upper-body injury, and it is uncertain if he will participate in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hurricanes.

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tampa-bay-lightning Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Steven Stamkos 82 45 6 0 12 18 15 19 2 40 2 1789 234
Brayden Point 79 41 7 2 17 10 12 20 0 35 0 1675 191
Nikita Kucherov 82 41 8 0 14 10 17 15 0 48 0 1765 246
Tyler Johnson 80 29 4 0 11 7 11 1 1 8 1 1650 163
Yanni Gourde 80 22 5 1 7 7 7 5 1 9 2 1597 130
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 0 0 1 10 39 3 6
Adam Erne 65 0 12 11 159 0 0 0 40
Alex Killorn 82 0 8 2 88 0 0 0 45
Anthony Cirelli 82 0 449 502 94 0 0 0 34
Anton Stralman 47 0 0 0 59 0 0 0 8
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Nikita Kucherov 82 0 87 33 0
Steven Stamkos 82 0 53 21 0
Brayden Point 79 0 51 15 0
Victor Hedman 70 0 42 23 1
Ryan McDonagh 82 0 37 3 3
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Edward Pasquale 3 3 12 3.957 5 3 4 0 102 1 42 29 30 0
Louis Domingue 26 26 75 2.883 29 21 25 0 812 8 287 260 257 0
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 128 2.397 50 37 38 3 1713 27 578 593 515 0
Adam Erne 65 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26
Alex Killorn 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 6 0 0 1
Adam Erne 65 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Killorn 82 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Cirelli 82 0 0 1 0 0
Anton Stralman 47 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Andrei Vasilevskiy 53 53 157311 16260 192225 18654
Ryan McDonagh 82 0 89964 3254 108674 15456
Nikita Kucherov 82 0 79676 18341 98230 213
Victor Hedman 70 0 72809 13936 95636 8891
Louis Domingue 26 26 77941 7500 93637 8196

boston-bruins Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
David Pastrnak 66 38 4 0 11 15 12 17 0 33 0 1395 235
Brad Marchand 79 36 9 3 6 17 10 10 3 34 7 1821 231
Patrice Bergeron 65 32 3 1 8 6 17 9 4 27 7 1510 205
Jake DeBrusk 68 27 4 0 8 14 5 8 0 11 0 1319 156
David Krejci 81 20 4 1 4 5 10 6 0 16 0 1698 139
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Tuukka Rask 46 45 0 0 0 13 27 4 4
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 0 0 0 11 22 2 0
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 2
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Brad Marchand 79 0 60 45 46 0 0 0 96
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Brad Marchand 79 0 64 24 4
David Krejci 81 0 53 10 0
Patrice Bergeron 65 0 47 18 3
Torey Krug 64 0 47 28 0
David Pastrnak 66 0 43 16 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Tuukka Rask 46 45 109 2.482 31 41 33 4 1245 37 400 439 369 0
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 90 2.340 25 30 33 2 1158 20 362 389 387 0
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brad Marchand 79 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 5 0 0 2
Tuukka Rask 46 45 4 0 0 1
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 0 0 0
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brad Marchand 79 0 0 5 1 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Tuukka Rask 46 45 134445 11468 158109 12196
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 115212 11861 138487 11414
Brad Marchand 79 0 70581 14997 93016 7438
Brandon Carlo 72 0 78147 242 90386 11997
David Krejci 81 0 74153 10936 85916 827