BRUINS (25-21-6) at LIGHTNING (22-22-6)
7:30 p.m. ET; SN, SN1, TVA Sports, SUN, NESN, NHL.TV
Bruins team scope
The Boston Bruins play the first of back-to-back game hoping to put more space between themselves and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division standings. The Bruins lead the Lightning by six points, but Tampa Bay has two games in hand. "We're going to focus on one game at a time," coach Claude Julien said. "We have a tough one against a team that is trying to get back in the [playoff race] and a tough one [Wednesday] against Washington. It doesn't get any easier." Forward Brad Marchand said the final 30 games are going to go by quickly and the Bruins need to play every night like a playoff spot is on the line. "It's going to be a fight to the end," Marchand said. "It's going to come down to the last couple of games. We've got to make sure we're in that fight." Goalie Tuukka Rask, who played Sunday in the Honda 2017 NHL All-Star Game, will start; Julien said he hasn't decided if Rask will start Wednesday in Washington.
Lightning team scope
The Lightning return to Amalie Arena for a four-game homestand after going 2-2-2 on a six-game road trip; the wins came against the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. "I really liked the way we were playing, and that's the just kind of defensive attitude we need to have," coach Jon Cooper said. "We know deep down we deserved a little better fate than that [record]." Forward Alex Killorn said the Lightning have to take advantage of their two games in hand on the Bruins. "I think we're fortunate that other teams haven't been doing as well either," Killorn said. "We have an opportunity to get some much-needed points against teams we are trying to catch." Goaltender Ben Bishop will start after Andrei Vasilevskiy played the final two games of the road trip.
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Frank Vatrano -- David Krejci -- David Backes
Matt Beleskey -- Ryan Spooner -- Riley Nash
Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Jimmy Hayes
Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid
Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller
Scratched: Austin Czarnik, Joe Morrow, John-Michael Liles
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point
Brian Boyle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jonathan Drouin
J.T. Brown -- Cedric Paquette -- Gabriel Dumont
Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr
Luke Witkowski -- Braydon Coburn
Scratched: Jake Dotchin
Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip), Steven Stamkos (knee injury), Michael Bournival (upper body), Adam Erne (broken foot)
Julien said Carlo is ready to go after leaving Thursday with a lower-body injury. … Point, who's been out with a hand injury, practiced Monday and wore a regular jersey during the morning skate, but Cooper would not confirm that he'll play. Kucherov and Hedman did not participate in the morning skate after flight delay issues coming back from the All-Star Game in Los Angeles but are expected to play.
Marchand has four games in his past two games. Bergeron has two goals and four assists in the past five games. … Johnson has three points in the past three games.