Quite a feather in the Lightning's caps, gutting out the win last night in Philly with nine regulars out (and taking three of four from the Flyers this season). Now the Bolts have a chance to do the same to the Bruins in even more interesting circumstances. Getting these would help tonight (NBCSN, 970 WFLA, 7:30 pm):
| ||KEY 1: STAY STEADY FOR START |
Who doesn't want a good start? Sebastian Caron is expected to make his first start in goal for Tampa Bay (and first in the NHL in 5 years) and the same or similar lineup (re: 8/9 players out) will take the ice tonight, so simple and steady is the way to go. Bruins feel they're back on track after a good Western trip, but we know about that first game back at home don't we?
| ||KEY 2: REMAIN OPPORTUNISTIC |
We saw the Bolts pounce on every bobble last night in Philly... A bad read by the Flyer defense and woah, Marty's in alone on a breakaway. The Flyers take a penalty with six seconds left in the first, so let's drop the puck and get to the locker rooms, no, not so fast, Stammer scores! Carle loses the puck, and oops, J.T. Wyman puts it in the net. With a depleted lineup, that's how it's got to be. Like last night, Lightning probably won't get a lot of chances, but they must be ready to cash.
| ||KEY 3: DIG DEEP FOR ENERGY |
Lightning never quit on a play last night, which put them in a position to capitalize on Philly miscues. Finding the energy reserves to get it done again tonight is the big challenge.
Enjoy the game everyone!
A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.