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The Bruins are ready to face off against the Lightning for the second time this season. The Bruins beat the Lightning 3-1 in their first game of the season. The Bruins have had great success against Tampa Bay over the years and look to continue that tonight.

The Lightning are 5-2 this season thanks to improved goal tending from Ben Bishop. Bishop has a 5-0 record and a 1.57 goal against average. Its a stark difference from last season when Tampa had one of the worst goal tending tandems in the league.

Of course the Lightning also have the help of the best goal scorer in the NHL, Steven Stamkos. In 7 games Stamkos has 5 goals and 5 assists. It just goes to show the kid is nasty good. Not like that is anything new.

Keys:

1) Top Heavy: Tampa Bay has some tremendous talent on their team. Unfortunately for them it mainly comes from their top two lines. The Bruins need to focus on those top two lines and get physical with them in order to shut them down. While its near impossible to shut down Stamkos, the Bruins can make sure he doesn't get help from his line mates.

2) Bergeron Line. We all know that the Krejci line floats in the regular season. But as long as that line churns and burns when the time comes in the playoffs, does it matter? So the Bergeron line, as expected, is the line that produces the most for the Bruins in the regular season. Its no surprise given Bergeron's drive and professionalism.

But Bergeron lost both his line mates from last season in Tyler Seguin, who was traded, and Brad Marchand, who was dropped to the third line. Bergerons line has continued to excel though as the line scored the game winning goal against the Panthers Thursday night. The Bruins need that success to continue.

 
Projected Lines
 
Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Kelly-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton
 
Boychuck-Chara
Bartkowski-Seidenberg
Krug-Hamilton
 
Tuukka Rask
 
(Picture courtesy espn.go.com)

Eric Goldmann 10/19/2013 05:10:00 PM Edit

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