The Tampa Bay Lightning stand first in the Eastern Conference with 24 points and a 12-4-0 record. Notable, though, is the fact that two of those four losses have come at the hands of the Bruins — and they haven’t been close.
The Bruins have beaten the Lighting by a combined score of 8-1 in games in Boston and Tampa, the latter of which was their best all-around game to date.
“We know their strengths,” Dennis Seidenberg said. “They’re really explosive and really skilled. They know how to score. So for us it’s always about staying close to our net where most of their goals are being scored, and just know what they do, which is play the puck really well and find the scoring areas.”
Tampa Bay, though, is on a good run, having won four straight coming into the afternoon matchup with the Bruins. The Lightning have been riding the scoring of Steven Stamkos (14-9–23) and the goaltending of Ben Bishop (2.12 GAA, .927 save percentage) to their lofty perch at the top of the conference.
Game time: 1 p.m.
TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN
Records: Bruins 10-5-1, Lightning 12-4-0
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Notes: Adam McQuaid is likely to be out for today’s game, replaced in the lineup with Matt Bartkowski. Bartkowski has played just four games this season, and only once since Oct. 17. … The Bruins have killed 18 consecutive penalties after allowing goals on five straight power plays. … Tuukka Rask’s one shutout this season came against the Lightning on Oct. 19. … The Bruins will wear camouflage jerseys in warmups for Veterans’ Day.