The Bruins will be looking for their third straight win tonight when they take the ice at the St. Pete Times Forum against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning enter tonight's game on a season-high 4-game winning streak.
Know Your Enemy
Tampa Bay Lightning (26-21-11)
Head Coach: Rick Tocchet
SB Nation's Lightning Blog: Raw Charge
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Boston: Mark Stuart (Out; Finger), Johnny Boychuk (Out; Broken Orbital Bone)
Tampa Bay: David Hale (Out; Leg), Paul Ranger (Out; "Personal Reasons")
- The Lightning's coaching staff is almost entirely comprised off coaches with ties to the Bruins organization. Rick Tocchet, Wes Walz, and Adam Oates all played for the B's, while goaltending coach Cap Raeder served as an assistant with the Bruins.
- The Lightning are offering $5 tickets to any fan that shreds their Bruins gear (or anything else) before the game. "Lightning Hockey: Minor League Malarkey at an NHL Arena"
- The Lightning also have some Valentine's Shenanigans planned for tonight's game, including one that involves Steven Stamkos that is aimed directly at puck bunnies.
- This will be the Bruins' last trip to "The Lower 48's Wang" this season.
- Red Sox minority owner and former Fidelity fund manager Jeff Vinik is currently in the process of buying the Lightning from movie mogul Oren Koules.
- Both teams have lost a lot in overtime/shootout this season. Both teams have 11 OT/SO losses.
- It will be interesting to see who Claude Julien goes with in net: Will he stay with the red-hot Rask or go back to Thomas, who has sat the last 4 games?
- Could this be the last game in Black & Gold for someone? The NHL has a roster freeze that goes into effect on Friday afternoon and runs through the Olympic break. It is expected that some teams will make moves before this deadline. Will the B's make a move?
- Former Bruins Brandon Bochenski and Nate Thompson are on the Lightning's roster.
- The game starts at 7:30 and airs on NESN. The Public Skate (open thread) starts at 7:00.