Bolts at Bruins preview: On the road again
Lightning open three-game trip starting in Boston this afternoon.
Lightning (13-8-1) at Bruins (11-10-0): Game 23
Time: 1 pm Eastern Time
Location: TD Garden in Boston
Broadcast/Streaming: SUN and NESN
Opponent SBNation Site: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Don’t forget it’s an early one this afternoon in Boston.
Both teams may be without their captains. Steven Stamkos, of course, is recovering from knee surgery, while Zdeno Chara remains day to day because of a lower body injury that’s made him miss the last two games. Brad Marchand’s status is also up in the air after he did not return to practice on Saturday. He was “dropped by an Adam McQuaid shot,” Boston Globe reporter Fluto Shinzawa tweeted.
While the Bruins are ailing on the backend, the Lightning are seeing improvement. Anton Stralman took part in his first full practice Saturday following an upper-body injury that’s kept him out of the last seven games. Head coach Jon Cooper said there is a “possibility” Stralman could return to the lineup by the end of the trip. The Bolts take on the Blue Jackets on Tuesday and the Blues on Thursday.
The Lightning, which has won the last four of their five games on the road, are facing a Bruins team that has lost three straight games in four days. In this span, they’ve only scored four goals, including just one on five-on-five. Two of those five goals have come from David Pasternak.
This is the Lightning’s second of five games against the Bruins this season. In the first meeting earlier this month, the Lightning fought back from being down 3-1, but ultimately lost in the 10th round of the shootout.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Killorn - Vladislav Namestnikov - Nikita Kucherov
Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson - Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat - Valtteri Filppula - Jonathan Drouin
Cedric Paquette - Brian Boyle - J.T. Brown
Victor Hedman - Andrej Sustr
Nikita Nesterov - Braydon Coburn
Jason Garrison - Slater Koekkoek
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Matt Beleskey - David Krejci - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Riley Nash - Austin Czarnik
Ryan Spooner - Dominic Moore - Jimmy Hayes
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles - Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow - Kevan Miller
Line information will be updated in the Game Day Thread.