Boston Bruins (54-23-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (58-24-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 28, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -145 / Boston Bruins +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins in game one of the second round of the NHL playoffs.
The Boston Bruins advanced to round two of the NHL postseason with a 7-4, game seven victory versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto had won back to back contests and held a 4-3 lead heading to the third before Boston scored four unanswered goals.
Patrick Marleau paced the Maple Leafs with a pair of first period goals with Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen lighting the lamp in the second. William Nylander gave Toronto a pair of helpers and Frederik Andersen was charged with six goals on 35 shots.
The explosive Bruins attack saw Jake DeBrusk score twice with Danton Heinen, Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, David Pastrnak all joining the scoring column with Brad Marchand finding the empty net with 51 seconds remaining. David Krejci gave Boston three helpers with Kevan Miller and Patrice Bergeron logging a pair of assists each to make the 20 save effort of Tuukka Rask a winner.
The Tampa Bay Lightning punched their ticket to round two of the playoffs after knocking off the New Jersey Devils in five games in the postseason opening round series. Aside from the Devils 5-2 victory in game three, Tampa Bay was strong at both ends of the ice as they out scored New Jersey 16-7.
In a 3-1 defeat in game five the Devils couldn’t get their offense untracked with Patrick Maroon scoring the only goal at 17:00 of the third. Cory Schneider absorbed the loss for New Jersey with a pair of goals allowed on 37 shots to fall to 1-2 in the series.
Mikhail Serachev gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at just over eight minutes in to period number one. Nikita Kucherov doubled that lead at 12:27 of the third before Ryan Callahan hit the empty net with just two seconds remaining. Andrei Vasilevskiy ended a strong series in the nets for the Lightning with a 26 save performance.
Over is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 5-0-2 in Bruins last 7 games following a win and over is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 Saturday games. Under is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and Lightning are 1-7 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 5-1 in Lightning last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings and Bruins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Boston took the season series 3-1 so that has to provide some measure of confidence. I think the difference in game one is Vasilevskiy which has me looking at Tampa Bay right now…