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Preview: Bruins look to even series against the Lightning in Game 4

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The Bruins hope to bounce back after Wednesday’s debacle.

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Three Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Just the facts

  • When: Today, 12 PM
  • Where: ScotiaBank Arena - Toronto, ON
  • How to follow: NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Rival SBN site: Raw Charge

Know your enemy

  • Brayden Point: 11GP, 6G, 9A, 15PTS; Nikita Kucherov: 11GP, 4G, 10A, 14PTS; Alex Killorn: 11GP, 4G, 3A, 7PTS; Yanni Gourde: 11GP, 3G, 4A, 7PTS
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy: 8-3-0, 2.06 GAA, .924 save percentage

Game notes

Well the only place to go is up after Wednesday’s loss. Right? It was one really bad game all around and I don’t think it’s a reflection of what the rest of the series will look like, (or has looked like), however it pans out. Cassidy saw the opportunity to give Dan Vladar some time in net, and if he kept Jaroslav Halak in, the score might have been closer in the end, but would it have changed the outcome ultimately? Likely not.

So here we are for Game 4. The Bruins need to not only capitalize in power play situations, but also 5v5 play. Our top line has generated points in all games, but it can’t be just the Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak hour if they want to even this series. Our middle forwards need to throw more pucks at the net and contribute some points.

Is it too much to ask to avoid dumb penalties? The Lightning scored three power-play goals Wednesday night, their only PPGs in the series so far. Stay out of the box. It’s rough when you’re best penalty killers are in the box...but alas it’s a new day! Let’s also get out of the first minute of the game without ending up on a penalty kill.

So here we go. It’s not the end of the world...yet. The Bruins have had time to recuperated after a back-to-back. We’ll see if Cassidy goes back to 12 forwards and six defensemen, depending on player availability. They’ve shown they can keep a lead, but also come back from a deficit in this series. Have to take things one game at a time in the bubble.