Morning briefing

TAMPA — Good morning from St. Pete Times Forum, where the Bruins will be looking to win their third straight game tonight against the Lightning. Expect Antero Niittymaki, 7-1-1 in his last nine starts, to get the nod for the Lightning, while fellow Finn Tuukka Rask should be between the pipes for the Bruins.

  • Steven Stamkos has eight goals and eight assists in his last 10 games. Curious that Jeff Carter will get the call from Canada over Stamkos if Ryan Getzlaf is unavailable.
  • The Lightning average 16.9 PIMs per game, most in the league. They’re led by Zenon Konopka (192) and Steve Downie (153).
  • Dan Marouelli and Justin St. Pierre will be the referees. Derek Amell and Andy McElman will be the linesmen.
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