It’s not how you start, but how you finish.
For most of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they were going to run wire-to-wire with the Atlantic Division. But as the season wore on, the Boston Bruins caught fire and never really stopped.
Now, it’s the B’s in the catbird seat, with Tampa needing a win over the Bruins on Tuesday night to have a chance at winning the division and avoiding a first-round matchup with the dangerous Toronto Maple Leafs.
It’s never a good time to slump, but the Lightning picked a really bad time to play their worst hockey of the season.
Can they turn it around?
Boston Bruins (+100) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (-120) | O/U: 6
7:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports
Key Injuries: Lightning fans held their breath Sunday night as Steven Stamkos limped off the ice in the second period. The Bolts have classified their captain’s injury as a lower-body injury and consider him day-to-day.
The Bruins have a bunch of injury concerns, as Rick Nash and Brandon Carlo are out, while Riley Nash and Charlie McAvoy are questionable. Somehow, Brad Marchand will be allowed to play in this game despite cross-checking Philadelphia’s Andrew MacDonald in the face Sunday. – Michael Leboff
Game States: The Bolts have been ahead on the scoreboard for 39% of their total time on ice this year. Tampa has spent 34% of the season tied and has been behind just 27% of the season. The Bruins have had a lead for 36% of the season, they’ve been tied for 37% of the time and have been behind for 27% of the season. – Michael Leboff