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LINES: Bruins at Lightning 3/17/17

The first line gets a big charge from a switch at center (no it isn’t Bergeron back yet)

NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand - David Backes - David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Rick Nash

Tommy Wingels - Riley Nash - Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Nick Holden - Kevan Miller

Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo

Tuukka Rask

So the top line get an infusion of body with David Backes, trying to spark playing a heavy game against an incredibly heavy opponent. Riley Nash hopefully brings his two way game back to the third line, having learned a lot from playing with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Brandon Carlo’s minutes will drop on the third line, and hopefully that takes a lot of pressure off of him so he can focus on playing well.

Tampa Bay Lightning

JT Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov

Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Adam Erne

Chris Kunitz - Cory Conacher - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Jake Dochtin

Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi

Andrei Vasilevskiy

When the former top pair for the New York Rangers is the THIRD pair for the Tampa Bay Lightning, you know how stacked they are on the back end. Mikhail Sergachev could very well play himself into the top 5 for Calder Trophy nominations, even be one of the three finalists. JT Miller is finding his offense on the top line, and Yanni Gourde is emerging as a really prominent part of their depth scoring. Ondrej Palat continues to inch closer to a return, but it won’t be tonight.