Bruins looking to continue winning ways vs. Lightning

Have you seen Stamkos? Can you find all 3 Stevens? (answer after the jump)

The Duke Blue Devils, Xavier Musketeers, Pittsburgh Panthers, Villanova Wildcats, and Harlem Globetrotters have all left town, now it is time for the Bruins to play some puck. The Bruins will be back on home ice after a two game road trip when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins enter tonight's game having have won 3 straight games, while the Lightning try to make it look like they aren't tanking it on purpose snap a 3 game skid (0-2-1 in their last 3 games).

Just who are these (is that?) Lightning you speak of?
Tampa Bay Lightning 24-35-17; 65 pts (5th in Southeast, 14th in East)

Leading Scorers

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Martin St. Louis 29 48 77 6 12

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Vincent Lecavalier 29 38 67 -9 52

2008 - Karri Ramo 20 1107 4 8 6 1 65 3.52 644 579 .899 0

2008 - Mike McKenna 12 624 4 5 1 2 36 3.46 331 295 .891 1

Guys That Like to Drop the Gloves

David Koci: 6 Fighting Majors
Ryan Malone: 6 Fighting Majors
Ryan Craig: 5 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins Record vs. Tampa Bay: 2-1-0
12/4 @ TB 3-1 W
12/8 vs. TB 5-3 W
2/22 @ TB 4-3 L

Injury Report

LW Marco Sturm: IR (Knee)
RW Phil Kessel: Out (Undisclosed Injury)

Tampa Bay Lightning Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Matt Smaby other-excused 03/30/2009
Paul Szczechura leg 03/30/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cory Murphy foot 03/18/2009
Marek Malik ankle 03/02/2009

Projected Lines

Current Bruins Lines & D-Pairs


Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
  P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Blake Wheeler
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Andrew Ference - Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick - Mark Stuart

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines


(last updated March 31st, 2009 by

Offensive Lines:



Defensive Pairings:

Matt Lashoff  |  Richard Petiot
Lukas Krajicek  |  Noah Welch
Josef Melichar  |  David Koci


- Kevin Paul Dupont thinks that Manny Fernandez might get the start in goal tonight.

- This is the first time these two teams have met since the deadline day deal that sent Mark Recchi and a draft pick to Boston in exchange for Martins Karsums and Matt Lashoff. Both Karsums and Lashoff are expected to be in the lineup tonight.

- Bruins fans can expect to see another familiar face playing for the visiting team tonight. The Lightning recalled former Bruin Brandon Bochenski from the Norfolk Admirals.

- Game starts at 7:00, Public Skate (open thread) starts at 6:00

- For more on the Lightnig, be sure to check out one of the newest additions to the SBN Hockey crew Raw Charge

How Not to Run a Hockey Team 101

Step 1: Buy a pro hockey team in the Sun Belt.

Step 2: Draft a talented young player and immediately put undue pressure on him and make him the face of the franchise in an attempt to get people in Florida interested in hockey.

Step 3: Hire a cult hero with a mullet to coach team.

Step 4: Force your goaltenders to be human billboards for your next Hollywood blockbuster.

Step 5: Fire coach 16 games into the season for got giving young superstar in the making enough ice time and  not being a puppet for the team's management.

Step 6: Dump salary at the deadline and hope for another top draft pick.

Step 7: Practically give tickets away to boost attendance figures.

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the next 3 to 5 years.


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