Is he in or not?
While Claude Julien said on Friday that there was a “good chance” that Carl Soderberg would play against the Lightning, the coach declined to share his lines before the game. So it’s still a question of whether Soderberg will be in, which would necessitate sitting another one of his forwards.
The two most likely to find themselves in the press box tonight, should Julien put Soderberg in, would be Jordan Caron and Brad Marchand, though it might be a bit early for Julien to take Marchand out despite his middling performance over the early part of the season.
Soderberg would be a boon in one area for the Bruins — net-front presence. It’s something that the team has discussed that it needs to improve, and it’s a place where Soderberg proved adept at scoring in Sweden.
It’ll be especially important tonight against a hot Lightning team that has lost only once since falling to the Bruins in the first game of the season. Big goalie Ben Bishop and his 1.57 goals against average has been a major reason for the team’s good start, and creating traffic around him would be a help for the B’s.
Game time: 7 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 4-2-0, Lightning 5-2-0
With the defensive rotation still going strong for the Bruins (and an optional skate this morning), it’s unclear which player will be the healthy scratch on the defensive side.
Notes: Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his starts, and has won all five of them so far this season. … The Bruins won the first meeting between the teams, 3-1, on the strength of two short-handed goals in the season opener. … Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos lead the Lightning with 10 points each. No Bruin has more than five.