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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/8/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



BOSTON (40-17-0-5, 85 pts.) at TAMPA BAY (34-24-0-5, 73 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/8/2014 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7BOSTON-120Ov 5.5,+115-125Ov 5.5,+115
8TAMPA BAY+100Un 5.5,-135+105Un 5.5,-135
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games40-22-0+6.740-22+6.723-
Team Stats (Road Games)15-13-0-1.315-13-1.316-
Last 5 Games3-2-0-1.43-2-1.43-23.837.22.627.8
vs. Division14-9-0-0.814-9-0.810-63.533.92.328.1
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)6219554597751119929.8%1783720.8%330
Team Stats (Road Games)28882229370587910.0%801620.0%147
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5194960218610.2%11327.3%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)23802326310577910.3%691420.3%131
Stats Against (All Games) 1383555435418047.6%2063617.5%225
Stats Against (Road Games) 75153324318418.9%901516.7%124
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13354101399.4%18422.2%19
Stats Against (vs. Division) 52142116106468.0%77810.4%88
BOSTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)171543439891.7%112-3+6.612-3-0+78-4
BRENT JOHNSON (Road Games)9825022590.0%05-3-0.45-3-007-1
BRENT JOHNSON (vs. Division)7616414789.6%04-2-0.14-2-005-1
CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)20353394.3%00-000-0-000-0
CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)20353394.3%00-000-0-000-0
CHAD JOHNSON (vs. Division)10181794.4%00-000-0-000-0
CHAD JOHNSON (Last 4 Games)20353394.3%00-000-0-000-0
TUUKKA RASK (All Games)46461299120592.8%427-19-0.927-19-0015-15
TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)202055650991.5%010-10-0.910-10-009-6
TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)171746443092.7%210-7-0.710-7-005-5
TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)4411610691.4%12-2-12-2-0-12-1
NIKLAS SVEDBERG (All Games)11353394.3%01-0+11-0-0+10-0
NIKLAS SVEDBERG (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
NIKLAS SVEDBERG (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
NIKLAS SVEDBERG (Last 4 Games)11353394.3%01-0+11-0-0+10-0

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games34-29-0+334-29+329-302.929.92.629.4
Team Stats (Home Games)17-11-0+2.917-11+2.914-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-4.41-4-4.43-22.426.43.631.0
vs. Division13-8-0+3.313-8+3.36-142.632.72.327.5
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)63180486754111318819.6%2013416.9%308
Team Stats (Home Games)28902729304683310.8%931819.4%152
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512732001329.1%14214.3%19
Team Stats (vs. Division)2155101919766878.0%7179.9%91
Stats Against (All Games) 16338695151018528.8%2104220.0%261
Stats Against (Home Games) 70172921348148.6%951920.0%119
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 183780315511.6%15426.7%29
Stats Against (vs. Division) 49112017135778.5%67710.4%69
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BEN BISHOP (All Games)48481360126693.1%329-19+10.129-19-0+1120-24
BEN BISHOP (Home Games)212161157093.3%115-6+815-6-0+79-8
BEN BISHOP (vs. Division)171742739993.4%012-5+6.612-5-0+75-11
BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)4413111990.8%01-3-21-3-0-23-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (All Games)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Home Games)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (vs. Division)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Last 4 Games)10131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KRISTERS GUDLEVSKIS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)191547241587.9%25-10-75-10-0-69-6
ANDERS LINDBACK (Home Games)8718816587.8%02-5-5.12-5-0-45-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (vs. Division)6413511988.1%11-3-3.41-3-0-31-3
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)4311410188.6%01-2-2.31-2-0-21-2
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 2.99,  TAMPA BAY 3.15
BOSTON - Schedule
2/26/2014at BUFFALO4-5L0, -240L5 ovO
3/1/2014WASHINGTON2-4L0, -200L5.5 unO
3/2/2014at NY RANGERS6-3W0, -120W5 ovO
3/4/2014FLORIDA4-1W0, -245W5.5 unU
3/6/2014WASHINGTON3-0W0, -235W5.5 unU
3/8/2014at TAMPA BAY 
3/9/2014at FLORIDA 
3/12/2014at MONTREAL 
3/18/2014at NEW JERSEY 

TAMPA BAY - Schedule
2/27/2014at NASHVILLE2-3L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/1/2014at DALLAS4-2W0, +110W5.5 unO
3/2/2014at COLORADO3-6L0, +130L5.5 unO
3/4/2014at ST LOUIS2-4L0, +160L5.5 unO
3/6/2014BUFFALO1-3L0, -240L5.5 unU
3/15/2014NEW JERSEY 
3/19/2014at TORONTO 
BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins were less than two minutes away from forcing a seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. Now they must wait nearly seven months until the next postseason.
With the core of their team returning, the Bruins should reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season. And they took steps to secure their long-term future by signing center Patrice Bergeron and goalie Tuukka Rask to eight-year contracts and general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year extension.
Last season, the Bruins came close to their second championship in three years. They led Chicago 2-1 in Game 6 then allowed two goals in the last 76 seconds and the Blackhawks won 3-2 to take the Cup.
The Bruins open the season Oct. 3 at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
TAMPA BAY: Since getting off to a flying start in 2011-12, the Steve Yzerman era in Tampa Bay has stalled considerably.
Heading into his fourth season as the club's general manager, the former Detroit Red Wings great is aiming to reverse the trend that has seen the Lightning miss out on the playoffs in each of the past two springs after making it to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.
The Lightning are an exciting team to watch, but the club's high-powered offensive attack may need to dial it back a little in 2013-14 in order to comply with Cooper's new system. That doesn't mean he'll put a leash on Stamkos or St. Louis, but the rest of the forwards will be asked to chip in more at the back end. The slightest improvement on defense and in goal could be the difference in making the playoffs this season. Then again, treading water will likely mean a third straight season out of the postseason.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Bruins-Lightning Preview* ==========================


Boston (40-17-5) at Tampa Bay (34-24-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT

If the regular season ended today, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins would be paired up for the opening round of the playoffs.

With recently acquired Ryan Callahan adjusting to his new surroundings and Steven Stamkos working himself into top form, the Lightning have to be happy that 19 games remain on their schedule.

The Lightning look to end a three-game losing streak as they play their second on a six-game homestand against the Bruins on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay (34-24-5) has gone 3-8-0 since winning three straight from Jan. 19-25 and is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with 73 points. Atlantic Division-leading Boston (40-17-5) is second in the East with 85, just behind Pittsburgh.

The Bruins would likely welcome a postseason series against the Lightning, who have dropped seven straight and 11 of their last 13 regular-season games versus Boston, including all three matchups this season by a combined score of 11-1.

It was in a 3-0 loss at Boston on Nov. 11 that Stamkos suffered a broken right shin that sidelined him for 45 games. Tampa Bay, which went 22-18-5 without Stamkos, finally got its high-scoring center back Thursday, but the team couldn't get much past Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth despite putting 44 shots on net in a 3-1 loss to the Sabres.

"For the most part I felt good," said Stamkos, who had five shots in 21:03 of ice time. "It's a step in the right direction. You can feel it a little out there as the play progresses, but I felt like I played a lot tonight and felt pretty good. As the game went on, my timing felt great with the puck."

Tyler Johnson ended Enroth's shutout bid on a short-handed goal with 2:29 to go.

Stamkos was named the team's new captain after veteran Martin St. Louis was shipped to the New York Rangers for Callahan. The former Rangers captain saw plenty of action in his debut Thursday with 21 shifts in over 16 minutes.

"As the game went on, I got more and more comfortable with who I was playing with," Callahan said. "More comfortable on the ice."

The Lightning will need Callahan and Stamkos to get familiar with their new linemates quickly with several teams chasing them. Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five since the Olympic break, is slightly ahead of four teams sitting on at least 67 points.

In order to turn it around against the Bruins, the Lightning need to solve Tuukka Rask, who has been in net for all three of Boston's victories in the series this season.

Rask has two shutouts in the three games, stopping 83 of 84 shots. He is unbeaten in his last five starts against Tampa Bay with a .979 save percentage and 0.60 goals-against average.

Rask, who blanked the United States to lead Finland to a bronze medal in Sochi, earned his sixth NHL shutout this season - a career best - and 22nd of his career with a 3-0 win over Washington on Thursday.

It came rather easily for Rask, who faced only 16 shots behind a defense that brought in some veteran experience at the deadline by trading for Andrej Meszaros and obtaining Corey Potter on waivers.

"We did a great job of getting on them quickly and not giving them opportunities to make too many plays," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Gregory Campbell, Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchard scored for the Bruins.

The victory was the third straight for Boston, which has only two regulation losses since Jan. 16 - going 11-2-3 in that span.

Last Updated: 6/24/2018 11:43:25 AM EST

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