(Editor’s note: Given this preview, we’re going to skip the Morning Skate today. Consider this the Morning Preview Skate.)
Just the facts
When: Today, 4:10 PM
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
How to follow: NBCSN, NHL.TV, TVAS, SN, NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Rival SBN site: Raw Charge
Know your enemy
- The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shoot out in their first round-robin game on Monday. Nikita Kucherov tallied one goal and the shoot-out winner, while Mitchell Stephens also got on the board.
- During the regular season, Nikita Kucherov led his team in goals (33), assists (52) and points (85).
- Andrei Vasilevskiy will likely start in net for the Lightning. In the Lightning’s first game of the round robin, he had a .939 save percentage and 1.85 GAA. In the regular season, he appeared in 52 games with a record of 35-14-3.
- In the shortened season, the Bruins met the Lightning four times and ended with a 1-2-1 record against the Bolts. Three of the four games were decided by one goal. Tuukka Rask and Vasilevskiy started in net each game.
- In the teams’ last meeting on March 7, the Lightning bested the Bruins 5-3 at the TD Garden. Two shorthanded goals on the same penalty call dug the Bruins an early hole. Charlie McAvoy and Sean Kuraly gave the team a fighting chance in the second, but a total of three power-play goals from the Lightning ultimately won the game.
- After Sunday’s flub, the Bruins look to get back to playing their game. We knew they would be rusty, but to not see any production from the top lines in some form was rough. But hey! secondary scoring from Chris Wagner! Let’s keep that going??
- Quarantined two days and missing the first round-robin game, Tuukka Rask has been back at practice and Head Coach Bruce Cassidy expects him to play this afternoon. Rask let in three goals during his shared time in net for last week’s exhibition game in our first look at the netminder since the regular season pause. Obviously there was some dust to shake off.
- Nick Ritchie is also anticipated to enter the lineup again today. Jack Studnicka wasn’t in the mix during yesterday’s practice. Studnicka had a good game on Sunday, but with Ritchie back, it’s hard to say if he’ll see more time. Ondrej Kase still isn’t ready to go...
- Steven Stamkos will not play for Tampa Bay.
- What’s at stake? A Bruins’ loss will put them no higher than a second seeding. A win though? Three teams out of the four will be tied and it’s still up in the air. So let’s hope for a better effort from the B’s, and no second-period collapse, to keep this round robin interesting.