Boston Bruins Vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions, Odds, Picks

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Head-to-Head: Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Boston Bruins Head-to-Head Tampa Bay Lightning Bruce Cassidy Head Coach Jon Cooper 44-21-5 (3rd in Atlantic Division) Standing 43-20-7 (4th in Atlantic Division) Leaders David Pastrnak (71) Points Steven Stamkos (79) David Pastrnak (38) Goals Steven Stamkos (32) Charlie McAvoy (42) Assists Victor Hedman (48) Matt Grelcyk (21) +/- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (21) David Pastrnak (4. 41) Shots (Per Game) Steven Stamkos (2. 87)

Why Might the Boston Bruins Win?

The Boston Bruins are not favored to win this game but have been playing better hockey lately. They must win the game by drawing penalties and getting second chances.

The Bruins know how to score and get off a lot of shots. Andrei Vasilevskiy, one of the top goaltenders in league play will be up against them. Vasilevskiy can be a hard goalkeeper and is difficult to score against. The Bruins must sit close to the net in order to get second-chance shots.

The Bruins do not have the best power-play unit in the league, but they have one of the better ones. They convert on 23.3% of their power-play attempts. They must draw penalties to give themselves scoring chances. They may be victorious if they are able to draw penalties and give themselves scoring opportunities.

Why might the Tampa Bay Lightning win?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the favorites, but this will not be an easy game. The Bruins will be unable to stop them from taking too many shots on offense.

The Bruins shoot the puck a lot. They average an impressive 36 shots per game. Those 36 shots result in 3. 16 goals per game. Lightning defenceman must step up to the plate and stop them taking so many shots. This is key to limiting the Bruins’ scoring.

The Bruins have good but not great goaltenders. The Bruins have a solid, but not great goaltending team. The Lightning will need to take many shots, as the Bruins have poor goalies. The Bruins will likely make mistakes and allow a goal to slip in if they don’t.

Bruins Key Player: (LW) Brad Marchand

Winger Brad Marchand may be 33 years old and in the back half of his career, but he is still performing productively. He plays over 19 minutes a game and has 31 goals and 40 assists.

Marchand can score and pass. Marchand is still an excellent player, and one of the best on this team.

Marchand is a playmaker and needs to be very active in this game. Marchand must either score well or take great shots.

Lightning Key Player: (G) Andrei Vasilevskiy

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been instrumental in the Lightning’s’ success this season. His record of excellence as a netminder in the NHL is unmatched and he allows only 2. 47 goals per game.

This will be one of the more difficult games for Vasilevskiy. The Bruins shoot 36 times a game and score over three goals a game.

Vasilevskiy needs to be active and have a strong game. He has been a great netminder before and should continue to be one. He will decide if Tampa Bay wins and loses.

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How to Watch Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Information What Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay Lightning Where Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida When Friday, April 8, 7: 00 PM EST How to Watch NHL Network

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