Preview: Boston Bruins Vs Tampa Bay Lightning


January 17, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson (44) face off during the first period at St. Pete Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston. The game was originally slated for a 1:00 p.m. start but because of the snowstorm that is coming through the Northeast this weekend, the game was pushed back to a 7:00 p.m. start time. This game will be a matchup of two division leaders, the Bruins leading the Northeast with 15 points and the Lightning leading the Southeast with 12 points.

Tampa Bay got out to one of the hottest starts in the league. They won six of their first seven scoring five goals a game in that span. Since then, they have lost three games in a row and will look to get back on track with a win. The Lightning lead the NHL with 42 goals through the first 10 games. Whoever is in goal for the Bruins will certainly be put to the test because this team can definitely score some goals. Whether it is Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis or Teddy Purcell, this team has a lot of weapons and can score goals. Benoit Pouliot, will make his return to the Garden after playing last season with the Bruins. Last season for the Bruins, Pouliot played in 74 games and had 16 goals and 16 assists.

The Bruins come off their win over Montreal on Wednesday night still a little banged up. Coach Claude Jullien said that Paille and Thornton are feeling good and they are waiting to be cleared to play. Brad Marchand is also questionable for the game against the Lightning, it is still uncertain if he will play. All three will be game time decisions. The Bruins did a good job adjusting to the line changes last game, and if Paille, Thornton and Marchand are unable to go, they will have to go another game playing with different line mates.

The Bruins and the Lightning split the season series last year two games apiece. The Bruins will look to continue their winning streak while Tampa will look to end their three game losing streak. With all the goal scorers these teams have, this has the potential to have many goals in it and definitely will be up and down the ice all game.