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Bolts Look to Finish Back to Back With a Win Against Boston

Kevin Flannery

By Jake Ricker

Overview

The Tampa Bay Lightning (17-5-2) take on the Boston Bruins (10-8-4) for the first time at TD Garden, and will look to remain in the win column as they finish off their back to back. Let’s take a look at what both teams need to do to get the victory and who will be on the ice to try and get the win.

Tampa’s Outlook

After picking up a win in Buffalo the Bolts need to still make a few adjustments for tonight. The Bolts play a great defensive game last night as they forced turnovers and shut down the Sabres when they tried to enter the zone, however the Bolts did not have the best of games offensively. The Bolts will need to make fewer passes and get some more shots on goal against a Bruins team that has the 5th best penalty kill in the league.

Three Keys To Success

1. Defense!

Stay strong on defense. A shutout vs Buffalo is a good sign. Keep up stifling the opposition.

2. 5 Man Attack

2 goals vs Buffalo came from defensemen, keep the 5 man attack going

3. TD Garden

Boston is always tough and hasn’t always been a good place for Tampa. Let’s get a W!

Projected Lines

Offence 

Namestnikov- Stamkos- Kucherov

Palat- Point- Gourde

Killorn- Johnson- Sustr

Kunitz- Paquette- Callahan

 

Defense

Hedman- Koekkoek

Sergachev- Stralman

Coburn- Girardi

 

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy:  16-3-1   GAA: 2.19   SV%: .933 (Unconfirmed)

 

Injuries

Jake Dotchin- (Day to Day- undisclosed) 2 Games

 

Boston’s Outlook

The Bruins are currently sitting in the middle of the pack in the NHL standings but they have won 4 out of their last 5. The Bruins will have to make sure they are sharp on offense tonight as the Bolts have played great on the PK and defensively last night. The Bruins will need to try and score tonight if they want to beat a good offensive team. David Pasternack currently leads the team in goals with 12, and they will need him to step up if they want a chance at scoring.

Three Keys To the Game

1.  Be Physical

This is a Wednesday night rivalry game and the Bolts and Bruins are known to have a history so the Bruins need to try and take the Bolts out of the game mentally by being physical.

2. Shots on Net

If there is any weak point on Vasy it’s his rebound control and the Bolts are known to slip up and leave guys in front of the net.

3. Play Fast

The Bolts are finishing off their back to back and will most likely not be a 100% so the Bruins should keep them on their tows and try to use that to their advantage.

Projected Lines

Offense

Marchand- Bergeron- Pastranak

Heinen- Backes- Nash

Vatrano- Spooner- Acciari

Schaller- Kuraly- Beleskey

Defense

Chara- McAvoy

Krug- Carlo

Grzelcyk- Miller

Goalies

Tuuka Rask: 3-8-2  GAA: 2.91  SV%: .889 (Unconfirmed)

 

 

REMINDER: ALL LINES MAY CHANGE BEFORE PUCK DROP


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