The Boston Bruins (20-6-6) skid into a four game losing streak, losing to the Washington Capitals (23-5-5) 3-2 in regulation last night. Tonight the Bruins head to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay lightning (15-11-3). Both teams are in the Atlantic division but only 13 points separate the two.
Tonight’s Takeaway: The Boston Bruins look to hopefully end the losing streak tonight in Tampa Bay. The Lightning lost last Tuesday to the Florida Panthers 2-1 in regulation. The Lightning have quite a few players who have a great reputation on the offensive side of the game. Players like Steven Stamkos ( 11G / 16A ) have been around for quite sometime and has always been an elite player being selected number one overall in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has thrived throughout the years and will eventually make his way into the NHL Hall of Fame someday. With Stamkos aside you have other players such as Nikita Kucherov ( 10G / 21A ), Ondřej Palát ( 9G / 7A ) and defensemen like Victor Hedman ( 7G / 20A ) Kevin Shattenkirk ( 5G / 17A ). While the offense is scoring goals, it seems like most of the assists come from a defenseman.
This losing streak for the Boston Bruins is not a good look. Sure, they have a 10 point lead but sense they are playing Tampa Bay tonight and the Panthers Saturday they share the same division. If the Bruins lose their next two games in regulation that 10 point lead will easily drop down to 6 or even 4. David Pastrnak ( 26G / 20A ) still leads the NHL in goals (Alexander Ovechkin 2nd- 21 G) but went through a drought there for a minute. Scoring a goal in last nights loss ended his four game streak without a goal, but did get three assists in that time. Since the return of Patrice Bergeron (December 9th) and after he has been suffering a lower body injury he has seen a normal amount of ice time ( 22 MINS) and scored only a single goal. With his return to the line-up, and having line mates like David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand hopefully he can get more goals or assists to go through the rest of the season with solid stats.
Boston- Tuukka Rask (13-W / 3-L 2.19 GAA .927 SV%)
Tampa Bay- Andrei Vasilevskiy (12-W / 8-L 2.82 GAA .910 SV%)
Tonights Game: 7PM-Amalie Arena- Tampa, Florida