8 a.m. ET: The Bruins are scheduled to play the Lightning on Thursday night, and this time around, there’s no chance this one is being snowed out.
The B’s are in southern Florida to take on the Lightning to start a two-game swing through the Sunshine State in a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. This will be the first meeting of the two teams, after the first scheduled meeting, set for Feb. 9, was postponed when a blizzard ripped through Boston and all of New England.
For the Bruins, it’s probably a much-welcomed return to the ice. Boston had the day off Monday and several members of the club missed practice Tuesday with flu-like symptoms. However, Boston had full attendance for Wednesday’s practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and they should be good to go on Thursday night.
The Lightning have experienced an up-and-down season, but it’s one that currently finds them near the top of the Southeast Division. Once again, the Tampa Bay offense is a dynamic one, with the Bolts leading the league in goals. Unsurprisingly, a lot of that offensive production comes from Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, who remain near or at the top of the goals and assists leaders respectively.
The Bruins were 2-2 against the Lightning last season, with all four games being fairly one-sided. The Bruins won their two games by a combined score of 9-3, while the two Tampa Bay wins came by a combined score of 11-4.
Puck drop from St. Pete is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.