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Lightning's Stamkos seeking 500th point vs. Bruins

by Matt Kalman

LIGHTNING (2-0-0) at BRUINS (0-2-0)


Season series: This is the first of four games between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins. Boston has won its past 10 home games against Tampa Bay dating to March 25, 2010.

Lightning team scope: The Lightning are again flaunting the type of depth that helped them win the Eastern Conference title last season. Each of their four lines scored a goal in a 4-1 road win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Among the goal scorers was Steven Stamkos, who is one point shy of 500 in his career. Forward Tyler Johnson, who missed some of the game Saturday with an apparent leg injury after a collision with Sabres forward Evander Kane, practiced Sunday and should be able to play against the Bruins. Coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times that forward Cedric Paquette is available after recovering from a left foot injury and could return either against the Bruins or Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. Ben Bishop is expected to start in goal for Tampa Bay.

Bruins team scope: The wait for defenseman Zdeno Chara might finally end; he was upgraded from doubtful to questionable by coach Claude Julien after practice Sunday. Chara has missed the first two games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury during a preseason game against the New York Rangers on Sept. 24. But the Bruins will be missing forward Brad Marchand, who has been diagnosed with a concussion. Marchand collided with Montreal Canadiens forward Dale Weise in the third period of a 4-2 loss Saturday. Marchand is out indefinitely. Based on the lines in practice, Brett Connolly will get an expanded role; he'll replace Marchand on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson. Center Joonas Kemppainen, a healthy scratch against Montreal, could get back into the lineup. Defenseman Matt Irwin was placed on waivers and did not practice Sunday.

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