Springtime in Boston: Lightning at Bruins open comment thread

Three victories.

All Time.

In Boston.

That's a lot of losses, and an uphill battle for the Bolts against the Beast-of-the-East Bruins.  Mike McKenna gets the start in the crease for the Lightning against Manny Fernandez for the B's.  Here are the current projected lines for both teams:

Current Bruins Lines & D-Pairs

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Blake Wheeler
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference - Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick - Mark Stuart

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

(last updated March 31st, 2009 by RawCharge.com)

Offensive Lines:


Defensive Pairings:

Matt Lashoff | Richard Petiot
Lukas Krajicek | Noah Welch
Josef Melichar | David Koci

There's a conversation going on elsewhere on the interwebs that with the projected lineup above, Steven Stamkos is being "punished" for his game slipping the last few games.  The subtext is that to play with dynamic wing and former Hart Trophy winner St. Louis, you gotta bring your A game...  And Stamkos hasn't of late.

Also of note, Matt Smaby will be a game-time decision to play on D...

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