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Record: Lightning 0 Bruins 0

Previous games: None

Game time: 8:00pm EST on CBC (HD), Versus (HD), RDS (HD) and on the radio

I feel like I need to make some obligatory comment about how long the Lightning have had off. It's been 10 days without hockey but with the injuries to some of our players, the time off may have been a blessing.

Now that we've got that out of the way, the Lightning and Bruins start Round 3 tonight with the Eastern Conference Finals. Both teams are coming into tonight having had a four game sweep in Round 2. Everyone I know had picked the Bruins to win the series. Whatever. Everyone picked the Caps to win Round 2, and look what happened in that round.

The goaltending between the teams is about equal if both goaltenders keep playing as they did in previous rounds. The Bruins have the edge in defence. And probably have the edge when comparing all four lines of forwards, but the Lightning do have the edge in special teams.

As expected Simon Gagne will play tonight. Pavel Kubina on the other hand didn't even make the trip up to Boston with the team, which speaks to the severity of his injury. For the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron is out with a concussion, although he is skating.

What the other guys are saying:

The thing about this Bruins team is that they are versatile enough to miss Bergeron and continue firing on all cylinders. Chris Kelly will be filling in for Bergeron, Rich Peverley will slide over to the center position and Tyler Seguin will fill in at wing.

The Tampa Bay special teams is ridiculous good, especially the power play. The Lightning are 26.7% successful on the power play, good for 4th in the playoffs and first amongst teams still hanging around. Their PK is just as good, killing off 94.4% of penalties. That's unbelievably good. The scary thing is that the Bruins special teams are awful.

Go Bolts!

Line-up Notes:

  • Lightning injuries: Pavel Kubina
  • Bruins injuries: Patrice Bergeron

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