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Game 21: Boston Bruins Vs Lightning Lines, Betting, Preview



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The Boston Bruins (12-8-0, 24 pts) host the defending, back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at TD Garden (7:05 PM, NESN, BSSUN).

This is the first time that the two Atlantic Division rivals have squared off since the Lightning knocked the Boston Bruins out of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 double-overtime win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. This is also the first time the Bolts have stepped on TD Garden ice since the famous donnybrook between these two bitter rivals in a 5-3 win for the visitors. There was a combined 94 penalty minutes and four fighting majors in what was the Bruins’ last home game before the COVID pause on March 12, 2020.

Betting, Prediction: 

The Boston Bruins (-115) come into the game as slight favorites. You can also get the B’s -1.5 (+215). The Over/Under is 5.5 with the over at +110 and the under at -130. The read here is that this will be a low-scoring affair and go into overtime. You can bet the game to OT at +275.

Prediction: Lightning 3 Bruins 2 (OT)

Boston Bruins Notes

-Jeremy Swayman will get the nod between the pipes again after a brilliant and career-best 42-save performance in a 2-0 Bruins win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday. That was Swayman’s fourth career shutout.

–Embattled Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk snapped a six-game goalless streak in the win Thursday, netting his fourth goal of the season and what proved to be the game-winner 14:38 into the first period.

– Is Bruins winger David Pastrnak starting to find his groove? Even though Pastrnak had his two-game goal streak snapped on Thursday, he had plenty of chances with five shots on net. That followed a one-goal, nine-shot performance this past Tuesday when he lit the lamp in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Pastrnak has three goals in his last five games and has 31 shots on net during that span.

-Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is a game-time decision with a non-COVID illness. In addition to McAvoy, Zboril (lower-body), and Anton Blidh (upper-body) remains out.

Tampa Bay Lightning Notes

-31-year-old Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is having a resurgence this season. He enters tonight’s matchup on a five-game point streak with two goals and five assists during that span. Stamkos leads the Lightning in goals with 11 and in points with 25.

-2018 Norris Trophy winner and 2020 Conn Smythe winner Victor Hedman leads the Bolts in assists with 17 helpers.

-Andrei Vasilevskiy will start for the Bolts and carries an 11-4-3 record with a 2.14 GAA and .926 save percentage into this game.

– Mathieu Joseph (lower-body) 2 Games, Nikita Kucherov (lower-body injury), Brayden Point (upper-body), Gemel Smith (Lower-body), all remain out for the Lightning.

-The Lightning begin a five-game road trip – their longest of the season – tonight and are playing the first game of a back-to-back set that concludes tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Boston Bruins Lines


Taylor Hall-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak

Erik Haula-Charlie Coyle-Craig Smith

Nick Foligno-Trent Frederic-Karson Kuhlman

Jake DeBrusk-Tomas Nosek-Curtis Lazar


Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo

Mike Reilly – Connor Clifton

Derek Forbort – Jack Achan


Linus Ullmark

Jeremy Swayman

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines


Ondrej Palat – Steven Stamkos – Alex Barré-Boulet

Alex Killorn – Anthony Cirelli – Gabriel Fortier

Pat Maroon – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Corey Perry

Boris Katchouk – Ross Colton – Taylor Raddysh


Victor Hedman – Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh – Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev – Zach Bogosian


Andrei Vasilevskiy

Brian Elliott


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Without McAvoy playing, the bruins are fielding a fairly small line up of D men. The Lightning forwards will probably have their way in the Bruins end of the ice and it could be a very long 60 minutes for Swayman.,

Rick W Murray

Without Mac and Brad the bruins will be lucky to even score a goal tonight. Get busy and make some trades Sweeney stop being so timid get off your lazy carcass and do something.

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