STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (9-4-1, 1.63 GAA, .944 Save %) vs. Bishop (11-2-0, 2.12 GAA, .927 Save %). Rask is 5-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .925 save % with two shutouts in seven career games against Tampa Bay. Bishop is 0-2-0 with a 4.47 GAA and .841 save % in two career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 80th time with the Bruins holding a 50-20-9-0 record and a 269-202 scoring advantage. The Black and Gold are 30-4-6-0 in 40 games in Boston with a 152-88 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won the last six games against Tampa Bay, including a 3-1 win in the opening game of the 2013-14 season and a 5-0 win on October 19. The Bruins have won the last seven games in Boston against the Lightning, with their last defeat coming in a 5-3 loss on March 25, 2010.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The B's will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire during today’s game. To show their support for the armed forces on Veterans Day, Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg, will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the B’s/Bolts game to give to local military members and their families. The military members who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame.
CHAIR OF HONOR: The permanently unoccupied seat, a 'Chair of Honor' (Level 7, Section 303, Row 2), was dedicated last April in honor of POW/MIA. The black seat, emblazoned with the POW/MIA logo, will remain permanently unoccupied as a remembrance of the more than 92,000 military personnel who are prisoners of war, missing in action or unaccounted for since World War I. TD Garden is the first NHL/NBA arena to dedicate a Chair of Honor to U.S. Armed Forces who are POW/MIA.
STREAKING BRUINS: Five Bruins enter today’s game with an active point streak. Reilly Smith leads the pack, with 1-4=5 totals in his last four games. Torey Krug has registered two goals and one assist in his last three games played. Entering today, Zdeno Chara (1-1=2), Brad Marchand (1-1=2) and Loui Eriksson (0-2=2) all ride two-game point streaks, each tallying two points during that time.
175 AND COUNTING: Following last Saturday’s home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins have sold out 175 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: The Lightning are entering the second game of a three-game road trip… Center Steven Stamkos is tied for first in the NHL in both goals (14) and points (23) and is in the midst of an eight-game point streak with (9-4=13) totals in that span… The Lightning have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight… Winger Martin St. Louis is tied with Stamkos for a team-leading +11 rating… Centerman Valtteri Flippula is one game away from 500 NHL contests…
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-47 (19.1%, 16th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 42-for-50 (84.0%, 12th NHL)… Lightning power play: 12-for-61 (19.7%, 13th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 52-for-61 (85.2%, 8th NHL)… After allowing five consecutive power play goals between October 26-30, the Bruins have now killed off 18 penalties in a row, blanking opponents on the power play in the past five consecutive games.
POSTGAME TRANSCRIPTS: The Bruins Communications Staff will post transcripts from both locker rooms and from the pre and postgame press briefings of both head coaches on the Bruins Media Website. Visit www.bostonbruins.com/media and log in with the following combination (email: email@example.com, password: media).
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