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Boston looking for third straight win; Stamkos nearing 400 goals for Tampa Bay

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (3-2-1) at BRUINS (5-1-0)



The Game

The Boston Bruins will try for their third straight win and a sweep of their homestand when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Bruins won't have center David Krejci, who is day to day because of an upper-body injury sustained in a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos is three goals shy of 400 in the NHL.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past three games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 10 points (six goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"I don't think it's where we want it to be. I think obviously you don't want to be last in any categories. … We know we have a ton of talent in this room but we've got to bring more shots on net and get those rebounds, that's how we score goals." -- Lightning forward Yanni Gourde on Tampa Bay ranking 30th in the NHL in shots on goal per game at 25.7

"It's definitely a measuring-stick game for us. Every time we play them we want to be our best because they've been at the top of our division now for a few years. We look at it as certainly a bigger challenge than a lot of other nights. -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on playing the Lightning


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph

Ondrej Palat -- Tyler Johnson -- Yanni Gourde

Pat Maroon -- Carter Verhaeghe -- Luke Witkowski

Victor Hedman -- Erik Cernak

Ryan McDonagh -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Jan Rutta

Injured: Cedric Paquette (upper body)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Danton Heinen -- Par Lindholm -- Karson Kuhlman

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, David Backes

Injured: David Krejci (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Status report

Paquette skated but will miss his seventh straight game. … Lindholm replaces Krejci after being a scratch the past four games.


Stat pack

Johnson has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. … Marchand (four goals, five assists) and Bergeron (one goal, four assists) each have a five-game point streak.

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