Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:
Boston Bruins (55-11-5, 115 pts) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (42-25-6, 90 pts)
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
TV: NESN, NHL Network, Bally South
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Boston Bruins Notes
-The Boston Bruins can clinch the Atlantic Division title this afternoon at TD Garden. If the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon in the home matinee, then the Boston Bruins are your 2022-23 Atlantic Division champions. It would be their 27th division championship in franchise history for the Black and Gold.
-David Pastrnak scored his career-high 49th goal of the season in Thursday night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens and will reach the elite 50-goal level for the first time in his NHL career when he next lights the lamp.
–AJ Greer will be serving a one-game suspension after getting a five minute major and a game misconduct for cross-checking Mike Hoffman in the face. Needless to say, Hoffman wasn’t happy about what he thought was a light sentence.
Mike Hoffman is not happy with AJ Greer’s one-game suspension. 😬
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 24, 2023
-Linus Ullmark is expected to get the start in net after Jeremy Swayman was the winning goalie in Thursday night’s 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Ullmark is 9-1-0 with a 2.08 goals against average and a .937 save percentage since the NHL All-Star break and continues to put up strong performances prior to being Boston’s starting goalie to open the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning Notes
-Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point lead the Lightning with four points in the previous three matchups against the Boston Bruins this season, and Nick Paul leads the Bolts with two goals in those games.
-Tampa Bay is playing the third game of a four game road trip with the matinee in Boston on Saturday afternoon and have lost three games in a row overall. They have dropped both games on the road with a 3-2 loss Tuesday night in Montreal and a 7-2 blowout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, and are pretty firmly entrenched in the third spot in the Atlantic Division.
-Andrei Vasilevskiy has played in all three games against the Boston Bruins this season and has just a .903 save percentage in those contests with a goals against average over 3.00.
Boston Bruins Lineup:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Tyler Bertuzzi-Charlie Coyle-Trent Frederic
Jakub Lauko-Tomas Nosek-Garnet Hathaway
Matt Grzelcyk-Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm-Brandon Carlo
Dmitry Orlov-Connor Clifton
Tampa Bay Lightning Lineup:
Brandon Hagel-Brayden Point-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Anthony Cirelli-Steve Stamkos
Ross Colton-Nick Paul-Pat Maroon
Tanner Jeannot-Michael Essyimont-Corey Perry
Victor Hedman-Nick Perbix
Mikhail Sergachev-Erik Cernak
Ian Cole-Zack Bogosian