The Boston Bruins face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 tonight at 7:00pm on NBCSN.
Momentum is Key
The momentum from their series win against the Carolina Hurricanes has carried over to this series. Even though we have only seen one game, the typical stand out issues against Tampa has not risen to the occasion. The Bruins could be using the pause to their advantage. After all, they did look like the “pre pause” Bruins on Sunday. The team could learn from Jaro Halak and stay completely locked in and focused.
Cause For Concern
The first line finally woke up, scoring two of the three goals. If the Bruins want to win, they need to stay awake and keep producing. The depth should not be responsible for the majority of your production. Although, we will never complain about a Charlie Coyle goal.
Your goalie should not be the series MVP unless it’s of course we’re talking about the Stanley Cup Final. When your goalie is the best player, it raises a red flag. What is happening with your offense? Why is the goalie standing on his head and saving games for you? Granted, this has not happened yet but if it does, then we need to have a discussion.
The Bruins do play a back to back which is something you don’t typically see in the playoffs. Bruce Cassidy was asked about it in regards to goaltending.
Bruce Cassidy on potentially starting Vladar on the second game of a back-to-back: “It’ll probably be a decision we make Wednesday morning.”
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) August 24, 2020
I’m not going to lie. This sent off all the alarm bells. Dan Vladar had a stand out season in Providence but he has not played a game in over six months! Putting him in net seems like a recipe for disaster and almost setting him up to fail. We’re about 24 hours out from any decision. In Bruce We Trust though, right?
Charlie Coyle is centering Anders Bjork and Nick Ritchie on the third line. While this line has potential, the wingers need to step it up. Bjork was predicted to have a strong playoff run but sadly, he has not lived up to that potential. Ritchie is another issue in itself. He’s big and makes good hits but he slows that line down. Danton Heinen we miss you.
Game 2 Lineup
There are no changes to the lineup. Why fix what isn’t broken. I believe that this is a recipe for success- especially since Tampa Bay’s defenseman Ryan McDonough is out. The Bruins have what it takes to repeat game 1 but also, don’t be surprised if officiating plays a bigger role in this game.
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