Lightning at Bruins 10/17/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

By: Jim |

Last Updated: 10/17/2019 at 2:35 AM ET

The Boston Bruins remain at the TD Garden Thursday night and will host the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bruins are 5-1 on the season and sit 2nd in the Atlantic. Boston beat the Ducks 4-2 on Monday. David Pastrnak scored 4 goals with his 5 shots on net. The Bruins are riding a two game win streak and are 2-0 at home. 

Tuukka Rask will make his 4th start on the season for Boston. Rask is 3-0 on the season with 1 shutouts. Rask has allowed 4 goals and carries a .957 save percentage. The Bruins lead the NHL with an average of 1.67 goals allowed per game. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning remain on the road on Thursday. Tampa Bay beat Montreal 3-1 on the road Tuesday night. Steven Stamkos contributed a goal and an assist. The Lightning are 3-2-1 on the season and sit 4th in the Atlantic. Tampa Bay is 2-2-1 on the road. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his 5th start in the net for Tampa Bay on Thursday.  Vasilevskiy is 3-1 on the season with 10 goals allowed.  Vasilevskiy has a 2.53 goals against average with a .921 save percentage. The Lightning rank 6th in the league with 3.38 goals scored per game. 

The Bruins have the hot hand right now and will protect their home ice on Thursday. Boston's power play has been on point while their defense has been the best in the league. Tuukka Rask always comes to play in front of his home crowed. Back the home team. Final Score Prediction, Boston Bruins win 3-1. 

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