Need to know: Bruins at Lightning
LID – The Bruins schedule is about to go up a notch.
Over the next 10 games, the Black & Gold will battle eight teams currently in the playoff bracket. And it all starts with Monday night’s tilt against the rival Tampa Bay Lightning, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions, at Amalie Arena.
“This is a very good test. We’ve played a lot of games at home this year. This is always a building that gives us a good test. We want that,” he said. Taylor Hall. “I think at this point in our schedule, we’re starting to look at teams that are really good hockey teams. The next seven games are all teams that you could see winning the Cup this year and all teams that have had really good results. seasons prior to this one.
“We’re excited for this challenge. We’re looking forward to it. It’s great to win 6-1 and everything, but we want to test our mettle and face some adversity because we know it’s going to come and see what we’re made of.” these situations”.
The Lightning, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021 before falling to the Avalanche in the finals last spring, have won four straight to go over .500 (11-6-1, 23 points) and swipe in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Detroit and one point behind Toronto for second.
“We know the schedule. It’s going to be a good challenge for us. We’ve got to take it one game at a time, like we always say … this is a good Tampa team here,” Coyle said. “He’s been playing pretty well lately. We want to make sure we bring our game and we’re ready to go and see how they do,” said Coyle, who also acknowledged the rivalry between the Bruins and the Lightning. have accumulated over the past few years.
“When you think about it like that, it makes you more prepared and more focused. They’re a solid team. They’ve been for a number of years. They’ve had a lot of success, they’ve won some championships. No kidding, they’re a good team.
“It’s not hard to prepare for these teams and this game. If you want to call it a rivalry, you can if you want to. It’s just going to help us be focused and ready to go.”
The Bruins will have a slightly different look within the forward group as Hall jostles for play with Coyle and Frederic Trent i Pavel Zacha scrolls up to skate to the side David Krejci i To David Pastorforming two trios that finished together in the third period during Saturday night’s win against Chicago.
“I’m going to stick with what worked well in the third period,” Montgomery said. “[Hall] Scored with Coyle and Frederic and I also really liked Frederic on the right wing. I thought he was moving his feet more to generate more offense. I like him defensively anywhere.
“The Czech line has produced very well. It was just an opportunity – we have eight forwards in the front three lines that I will be combining throughout the year. Charlie Coyleyou see me use him on the right wing sometimes and second line center to close out games, mostly.”
Along those lines, Hall noted that players are getting used to playing different spots throughout the lineup, which has helped them build chemistry and feel confident no matter where they end up.
“It doesn’t matter who you’re out there with,” Hall said. “Even our fourth line, there are so many good players on this team. We all have a system of how we have to play, it’s all similar to the whole lineup. With Monty, he’s not afraid to shuffle lines during games. It’s been nice because you get to play with everyone, and you get to take turns with different guys.
“It’s not like the last game when he changed it in the third period that I haven’t played Coyler or Freddy this year. We’ve had changes together. That speaks to our depth and just the overall strength of our forwards and our team.”
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- Nick Foligno caught a puck on the chin during a power drill at Monday’s morning skate and was forced off the ice to score points. The veteran forward, however, is expected to be in the lineup against Tampa. “He’s a hockey player,” Montgomery said. “They’re not much tougher than him. He’ll be fine.”
- Patrice Bergeron enters tonight’s game with 999 career points. He will become the fourth Bruin in history to reach the 1,000 mark, joining Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012). “He’s amazing. There’s not much to say about Bergy and what a good hockey player he is first and foremost,” Hall said. “But as a captain and a leader it’s been amazing to room with him over the last couple of years. To be so strong at one end and be able to contribute 1,000 points at the other is really the icing on the cake of what he’s been. an incredible career for to him. We are all lucky to be his companions.”
- Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with 28 points in 18 games and is tied with Steven Stamkos for the team lead with 10 goals. Brayden Point (18 points), Mikhail Sergachev (18 points), Alex Killorn (14 points), Brandon Hagel (13 points) and Nick Paul (11 points) help round out an always dangerous offensive attack. Goalie Andre Vasilevskiy is 7-5-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Lineup scheduled for Monday
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Jake DeBrusk
Pavel Zacha – David Krejci – David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – Charlie Coyle – Trent Frederic
Nick Foligno – Thomas Nosek – AJ Greer
Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Carlo
Anton Stralman – Connor Clifton