Tampa Bay Lightning (42-20-6) at Boston Bruins (34-22-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 12, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -114 / Tampa Bay Lightning +103 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins meet Thursday night at the TD Garden.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Lightning are averaging 3.3 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have four power play goals in their last four games and have won three straight when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 36 goals, Tyler Johnson has 40 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Ben Bishop has allowed 112 goals on 1,306 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 26 goals on 314 shots.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning five of their last six. The Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have five power play goals in their last three games and have five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 29 assists and Loui Eriksson has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 124 goals on 1,584 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 31 goals on 376 shots.
The Lightning are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Atlantic and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 51-24 in their last 75 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 4-28-4 in the last 36 meetings in Boston and 18-46-5 in the last 69 meetings overall.
Hard to argue with the way the Bruins are playing. Also, Tampa Bay has won just four of its last 36 games in Boston? Uh, yeah, no thanks.