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Tampa Bay can tie single-season wins record; Boston goes for third straight victory

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (61-16-4) at BRUINS (49-23-9)

1 p.m. ET; SN360, NESN, SUN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning can tie the NHL record for most wins in one season when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Lightning have 61 wins, the second-most in League history, and would match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, who went 62-13 with seven ties. The Lightning have won six games in a shootout.

The Bruins, who have won their past two games, seek their 50th win for the second consecutive season and 11th time in their history.

 

Players to watch

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 126 points (40 goals, 86 assists) this season. With one point he can tie the single-season record for most points by a Russia-born player (Alexander Mogilny, 127 points in 1992-93).

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

 

They said it

"I think we look at the bigger picture. Maybe later in my life when I look back it'll mean something really special, but at the same time, we have a job to get done and that's really all we're focused on." -- Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson on 61 wins

"We definitely won't take it easy. I think it's all about us. We need to focus on our game and how we play." -- Bruins forward David Pastrnak

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan

Braydon Coburn -- Anton Stralman

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Jan Rutta

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Edward Pasquale

Scratched: Danick Martel, J.T. Miller, Cameron Gaunce

Injured: Dan Girardi (lower body), Victor Hedman (upper body), Louis Domingue (lower body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Jake DeBrusk -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Marcus Johansson -- Charlie Coyle -- Zach Senyshyn

Joakim Nordstrom -- Noel Acciari -- David Backes

Danton Heinen -- Trent Frederic -- Karson Kuhlman

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Kevan Miller

Connor Clifton -- Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, David Krejci

Injured: Chris Wagner (lower body), John Moore (upper body), Sean Kuraly (fractured hand)

 

Status report

Neither team practiced Friday. … Chara, Marchand, Krejci and McAvoy were rested in a 3-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday but could return Saturday. … Miller sustained a lower-body injury in the win but is expected to play. … Coyle will play his 500th NHL game.

 

Stat pack

Stamkos has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his past nine games He has 97 points (44 goals, 53 assists), tying his NHL career high set in 2011-12. … Marchand has 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in his past 18 games.

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