Boston visits Stamkos and the Lightning

January 7, 2022 GMT

Boston Bruins (17-11-2, fourth in the Atlantic) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (23-8-5, first in the Atlantic)

Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay into a matchup with Boston. He ranks sixth in the league with 41 points, scoring 16 goals and recording 25 assists.

The Lightning are 8-4-1 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.6 assists per game, led by Nikita Kucherov with 1.2.

The Bruins are 8-3-1 against the rest of their division. Boston averages 9.0 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Eastern Conference. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 47 total minutes.

In their last matchup on Dec. 4, Tampa Bay won 3-2. Mikhail Sergachev recorded a team-high 2 points for the Lightning.

TOP PERFORMERS: Stamkos leads the Lightning with 16 goals, adding 25 assists and recording 41 points. Ondrej Palat has 10 points over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.

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Marchand has 31 total points while scoring 12 goals and totaling 19 assists for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron has 7 points over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 6-3-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.4 penalties and 12.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .886 save percentage.

Bruins: 5-3-2, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.6 assists, 4.7 penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.4 goals per game with a .919 save percentage.

INJURIES: Lightning: Zach Bogosian: day to day (lower body), Ross Colton: out (health protocols).

Bruins: Charlie McAvoy: day to day (lower-body), Tomas Nosek: out (covid-19), Karson Kuhlman: out (covid-19), Jake DeBrusk: out (health and safety protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.