BRUINS (4-2-0) AT LIGHTNING (5-2-0)
6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TBL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (4-2-0, 1.51 GAA, .947 Save %) vs. Bishop (5-0-0, 1.57 GAA, .943 Save %). Rask is 4-2-0 with a 2.52 GAA and .916 save % with one shutout in six career games against Tampa. Bishop is 0-1-0 with a 3.10 GAA and .889 save % in one career game against Boston.
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 79th time in their franchise histories with the Bruins having a 49-20-9-0 record and a 264-202 scoring advantage in those games. The Black & Gold are 19-16-3-0 in their 38 games of this lifetime series in Tampa Bay with the Lightning holding a 114-112 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won their previous five matchups with the Lightning, and are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games of the lifetime series overall.
STREAKING: Entering tonight both David Krejci and Reilly Smith ride three-game points, with Krejci registering three assists and Smith tallying 1-2=3 totals during that time… Blueliner Dennis Seidenberg also enters tonight riding a point-streak, accruing two assists in back-to-back games.
FIRSTS OF THE SEASON: Daniel Paille, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith (GWG) provided the scoring for the Bruins in their 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The goals were the first of the season for each player as well as Smith's goal in a Boston Bruins sweater.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: The Lighting are currently in game six of a season-long seven game home stand… In five starts, Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop has won each of his five starts, not allowing more than two goals in each contest…Steven Stamkos enters tonight's contest having registered five goals and three assists in his last four games… Sami Salo is currently riding a four-game point streak, notching one goal and four assists with a plus-seven rating during that stretch…Radko Gudas ranks tied for fifth in the NHL with 30 hits..
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-22 (13.6%, 24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 14-for-16 (87.5%, T-2nd NHL)… Lightning power play: 7-for-29 (24.1%, 8th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 22-for-29 (75.9%, 26th NHL).
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