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Bruins host Lightning in battle for 2nd place in East

March 3, 2011

After sweeping a six-game road trip for the first time since 1972 the Bruins won’t have time to rest as they return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. The six-game winning streak is the Bruins longest in nearly two years. In that stretch they outscored their opponents 20-9. The Bruins are 2-1 against the Lightning this season, including an 8-1 victory in early December. Since then the Bolts have found their footing and held down the Southeast division.

The Bruins will have the good fortune of playing the Lightning while rested while the Bolts will be playing their second game in two nights after losing 2-1 to the surging Devils last night. The Lightning only managed 16 shots last night which is strange considering how much they rely on their offense.

While the Bruins have struggled at home, the Lightning have been dominant at home and while the Bruins have been road warriors, the Lightning have struggled. Those statistics make the matchup even more interesting.

Bruins home record: 15-12-3
Lightning away record: 16-12-3

Bruins away record: 22-7-4
Lightning home record: 21-7-4

Pretty strange, huh? It’s almost like the Bolts are the bizarro Bruins. No defense or goaltenders and a ton of explosive offense. That should make for an interesting argument come post-season. I personally don’t think the Lightning will do much of anything in the playoffs because of their back end. I’m talking out in the first round kind of ‘nothing’.

The Bruins and Lightning are 5th and 7th in the league in goals respectively. But the difference is that the Bruins are 1st in the league in goals against and the Lightning are 23rd. The Lightning have tried to remedy their problems on defense with the additions of Marc-Andre Bergeron and Eric Brewer. They also acquired 41-year old Dwayne Roloson who makes the Lightning better but not nearly elite between the pipes.

Expect Tim Thomas to make the start tonight and Daniel Paille to be in the lineup for Tyler Seguin.

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