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Tonight on NBCSN: Boston tries to stay hot against Stamkos and the Lightning

Mar 27, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

Steven Stamkos, Johnny Boychuk AP

The last time we saw the Lightning and Bruins meet up two weeks ago, the Bolts were busy smacking Tim Thomas and Marty Turco around to the tune of 6-1 while the B’s were in the middle of what would be a four-game losing streak.

When they meet tonight in Boston (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the Bruins have turned things around winning four of their last six since then while the Lightning have fallen out of the playoff hunt. For Boston, getting right in time for the postseason is what it’s all about and for them, that means seeing injured players getting back.

Forward Rich Peverley returned against Anaheim and while he’s not a huge name, his importance up front is huge. With the likes of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Tyler Seguin in need of that pick-me-up, Peverley’s veteran presence and abilities are needed for balance along their lines.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, was happy to throw a wrench in the Flyers’ plans last night and they’ll be looking to do the same to the Bruins yet again. With Steve Stamkos being a force of nature on the ice, breaking the team record for goals in a season last night, it’s the Bolts’ top line that will try to make life miserable for Boston.

While Dwayne Roloson has been red hot of late winning his last three starts, don’t be surprised if you see newcomer Sebastian Caron in goal tonight. Caron is recently back from playing in Germany and the former Penguins/Flyers netminder is looking for his first action of the year. Since Roloson got the call in beating Philly last night, Caron figures to get a hell of a first test against Boston.

  1. lsxphotog - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Roloson is on his first legitimate hot streak of the season. His numbers in his last three have been tight. His performance last night against Philly won the game for them because let’s be honest, you shouldn’t win a game you’re outshot 15-38. Tampa managed to find the back of the net when they needed to and with Roloson playing to his old caliber, it was enough to win it. maybe he’s not up for a back-to-back tonight and Caron should get the start, but if they think he can play, Tampa should ride his surge. One thing is for sure, Boston will walk out hard on Tampa in the first so it could result in a total role reversal in Bean Town. Oh, and if they put up15 shots in Boston it probably won’t get them the goals they need to win tonight.

  2. bcjim - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Why wouldn’t NBCSN pick up the Caps/Sabers game rather than this meaningless affair?

    • supercoop8 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Im a Bruins fan and completely agree, I imagine this game was chosen closer to the start of the season where in they predicted both teams would be in the hunt and playing last year in the playoffs would make for an entertaining game… At least you can stream any game to your comp. Another factor I noticed as well is that NBCSN seems to favor fames with the 730 start time as opposed to 7.

      • supercoop8 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM


    • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM


  3. bergeronforselke - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    MEANINGLESS AFFAIR!?!?! how dare you sir

    • govtminion - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Well, maybe not meaningless, but even as a Bruins fan I admit I’d prefer to see a game with major playoff implications.

      (Fortunately I live in the DC area, so I get to watch it anyway.)

      • bergeronforselke - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        yeah, i do as well and will be flipping back and forth between 642(CSNWash) and 603(i still call it versus)

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