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Bruins vs. Lightning Preview: THE HAND OF FATE

This game matters a lot. or, based on the early games today, it might not matter at all. LET'S SEE.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:30 PM, .

TV Broadcast: NESN, NBCSN, SN1

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub, some nonsense in Tampa

Rival SB Nation SiteRaw Charge

Series RecordBruins 2-1-0 vs. Lightning

Season Record: Bruins 41-27-13, 93 points | Lightning 49-24-8, 106 points

Bruins lines, from

And Defensive Pairings:

And for Tampa, the forwards:

And defense pairings:

Game Notes

If Pittsburgh loses to Buffalo or wins in a shootout, the Bruins' dreams are still alive. Barring that, if Ottawa loses, the Bruins' dreams are still alive. If both of these things don't happen, the Bruins are eliminated. Either way, the Bruins need to win against a strong Tampa team. They've done it twice this year already, including that excellent shootout win at the Garden last month, but what even was that loss to Florida? Things are weird and gross and the Bruins don't control their fate. Hold onto your butts.

Never Forget:

Here's that awesome shootout from last month.

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Advanced Stats

From last game against the Panthers, some shot attempts:

Lord have mercy. Enjoy the game.