Boston Bruins (38-5-4, first in the Atlantic Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (30-15-1, third in the Atlantic Division)
Tampa, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins after Corey Perry’s two-goal game against the Minnesota Wild in the Lightning’s 4-2 win.
Tampa Bay has gone 30-15-1 overall with an 8-5-0 record in Atlantic Division play. The Lightning have an 8-2-0 record in games decided by a goal.
Boston has gone 38-5-4 overall with an 8-3-2 record in Atlantic Division play. The Bruins are 7-2-1 in games decided by a single goal.
Thursday’s game is the third time these teams meet this season. The Bruins won 5-3 in the previous meeting.
TOP PERFORMERS: Steven Stamkos has 24 goals and 31 assists for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov has six goals and nine assists over the last 10 games.
Brad Marchand has 15 goals and 30 assists for the Bruins. David Krejci has two goals and nine assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 6-4-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.2 assists, 5.5 penalties and 15.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game.
Bruins: 9-1-0, averaging 4.1 goals, 6.9 assists, 4.5 penalties and 11.7 penalty minutes while giving up 1.4 goals per game.
INJURIES: Lightning: Rudolfs Balcers: out (upper-body).
Bruins: Jake DeBrusk: out (fibula), Tomas Nosek: out (foot).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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