Boston Bruins (49-18-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (49-24-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -115 / Boston Bruins -108 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Tuesday in game two of the NHL East Second Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory to take an impressive 2-0 series lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.44 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with four goals, David Krejci has seven assists and Patrice Bergeron has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.44 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 11 goals on 139 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has allowed 11 goals on 114 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a bounce back performance here to even up the series at 1-1. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.44 goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with five goals, Nikita Kucherov has seven assists and Victor Hedman has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.56 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 22 goals on 292 shots faced.
The Bruins are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Boston Bruins were able to steal game one, but the Tampa Bay Lightning found some offensive success late in the third period and their defensive effort improved as the game went on after a slow start. Assuming the Lightning are able to build on that entering game two, they should like their chances to even up this series. The Lightning have still won 11 of the last 14 meetings against the Bruins, and they have yet to lose back-to-back games since entering the bubble. I'll take the Lightning and the cheap price here.