Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: Fox Sports Sun
Opponent SBNation Site: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Another big challenge is ahead, as the Tampa Bay Lightning are facing the Boston Bruins tonight at the Amalie Arena. The Bruins are heading to Tampa as the Atlantic Division leader and one of the best team in the league, despite losing four last games.
After beating the Florida Panthers on Tuesday’s night, the Bolts are still at the sixth place in the division with three points behind the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens, sitting at the second and the third places respectively. They still have three games in hand comparing to their closest opponents.
The Lightning are still playing better than many could assume by just looking at the standings. The team have a strong possession numbers and expected goal share at 5-on-5 this season.
Quantity vs quality allowed— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) December 11, 2019
TBL is a good team, including doing a good job defensively, limiting teams to below-avg rates of quality and quantity. They're like a mini-version of MTL, playing better than the results have shown, sunk by goaltending. pic.twitter.com/uEcUz3601R
No information has been released on Tyler Johnson’s status yet, so it’s easy to assume that Mitchell Stephens is staying with Lightning for couple more games. Against the Panthers, he played just five minutes, mostly with Carter Vergaeghe and Mathieu Joseph who also played less than ten minutes. Jon Cooper also scratched Luke Schenn replacing him with Jan Rutta, who has been rotating lately in the absence of Braydon Coburn. No big changes are expected tonight, unless someone got hurt between the games.
The Bruins are going to play the second leg of their back-to-back games. After having an eight-game winning streak at the end of November, they’ve lost four consecutive games, earning just one point in the overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Their scoring leaders David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are still top-5 in points in the whole league, although they’ve also slowed down a little bit — Pastrnak scored just one goal over the last five games.
The Bruins lost the first game of the season against the Bolts in a shootout. During the last season, the Bruins managed to win just once against the Lightning over four games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Pat Maroon - Cedric Paquette - Yanni Gourde
Mitchell Stephens - Carter Verhaeghe - Mathieu Joseph
Tyler Johnson (injured)
Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk
Luke Schenn (scratched), Braydon Coburn (injured),
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Anders Bjork
Danton Heinen - Charlie Coyle - Brett Ritchie
Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara - Charlie Mcavoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Connor Clifton - Matt Grzelcyk