LIGHTNING (51-21-4) at BRUINS (47-17-11)
7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-F, NHL.TV
First place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference will be on the line when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday.
Center Steven Stamkos is expected to play for the Lightning, who have led the division since Oct. 19 and have a one-point lead with the Bruins holding one game in hand. Stamkos did not play Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes because of a lower-body injury, but said after the morning skate that he's "good to go."
Tampa Bay will look to avoid its second three-game losing streak of the season and defeat Boston for the first time in three tries. The Lightning will match their record for most points in a season (108 in 2014-15) with a win.
The Bruins will look to extend their point streak to seven games after going 3-0-3 in their past six. They are 10-2-3 in their past 15 games and 6-1-0 in their past seven against the Lightning.
Players to watch
Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a three-game point streak.
They said it
"They're a little bit of a barometer for us, even though we're above them in the standings. You catch the games in hand, we're pretty much even all year. But I'm personally excited for this game." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper
"We try to win every game, so if it works out, great. We have not discussed [first place] once. We want to win." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
Lightning projected lineup
J.T. Miller -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov
Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Ondrej Palat
Chris Kunitz -- Cedric Paquette -- Cory Conacher
Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi
Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev
Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Jake Dotchin
Injured: Adam Erne (lower body), Ryan Callahan (upper body)
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Ryan Donato -- David Krejci -- Brian Gionta
Danton Heinen -- Riley Nash -- David Backes
Tim Schaller -- Noel Acciari -- Tommy Wingels
Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo
Nick Holden -- Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller
Scratched: Tommy Cross, Jordan Szwarz
Injured: Sean Kuraly (upper body), Charlie McAvoy (sprained MCL), Rick Nash (upper body), Zdeno Chara (upper body), Jake DeBrusk (upper body)
Stamkos will replace Erne, who's out indefinitely. ... Backes will play for the first time in six games; he'll replace Kuraly. ... Grzelcyk, who left the Bruins' 5-4 shootout loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision. Chara, McAvoy and DeBrusk are progressing and could return this weekend, Cassidy said.
Stamkos has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in his past 11 games. ... Rask is 8-0-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout in his past nine starts.