The good news for the Bruins is that they seem to have shaken off the flu bug that forced seven players and assistant coach Doug Jarvis to miss practice Tuesday. The B’s had their full cast at work yesterday for practice at the Times Forum.
“Let’s knock on wood here that nothing else happens, but the guys who were missing from practice are all feeling much better,” said coach Claude Julien. “Let’s hope that’s where it stops.”
The bad news? The B’s tonight have to play the Lightning, who won both meetings between the teams here last season and are currently playing quite well.
“It’s always been a tough building to play in here,” Julien said. “I know we’ve had some good games here, but we’ve also had some tough ones. They’re an explosive team. They’ve solidified themselves in certain areas, such as in goal and obviously on defense. They’ve focused a lot of their defensive game.
“So we’re probably going to be facing a team that’s little more well-rounded, versus (only) a real powerful offense.”
The Bruins are preparing in case the Lightning revert to their super-cautious 1-3-1 forecheck, which they employed frequently when the clubs met in the playoffs two seasons ago.
“They had gotten away from it a little, but I thought (Tuesday) night (vs. Toronto) they seemed to be back into it a little bit,” Julien said. “It depends on the game, I guess, and what they feel is necessary.
“We’ve got to be prepared not for what they do but for what we end up doing. Most of the time when we move the puck quickly and move it up the ice quickly, it really doesn’t matter what other teams do.”
Tampa Bay’s 59 goals were tops in the NHL as of yesterday. The Lightning have been led by the usual stalwarts including Steven Stamkos (10 goals, 12 assists), Martin St. Louis (4-18-22) and Vincent Lecavalier (6-10-16).
“Their two top lines are some of the best in the league,” said Bruins forward Daniel Paille. “They play very strong at home. Our history here has been pretty tough. We know we need to come out a little bit better than we have in the past.
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