Bruins v. Lightning, 7:00 pm.
Another day, another game against a shitty Southeast Division team. Tonight's match-up against Tampa Bay kicks off what will be a busy week for the boys in black and gold, as we've got games today, Wednesday, Friday, AND Saturday. (Friday and Saturday, in fact, are a pair of games against the Thrashers... one at home, one away. How terribly uninteresting.) Steel yourselves, gang... with the exception of a lone visit from Toronto next week, we're stuck with shitty non-divisional match-ups until after New Year's. WOO.
We last faced the Lightning on Thursday, at which point I used up all of my Barry Melrose jokes while also overdosing on Vince Lecavalier's porcelain good looks; that game resulted in a ho-hum 3-1 win for the B's. The Bolts haven't won a game since November 21 (they've gone 0-5-2 since then). Meanwhile, the Bruins are streaking all over the place. Phil Kessel is working on the league's longest current point streak at 11 games, during which he's racked up 9 goals and 5 assists. David Krejci's point streak is currently at 8 games with 5-9=14 totals, including a short-handed game-winner against this same Tampa Bay team last Thursday and a career-high 3 assists against Florida on Saturday. Even rookie Matt Hunwick is getting in on the fun, as he's scored in 7 of his last 9 games with 3 goals and 6 assists. Not to be outdone, Marc Savard's got 16 points in his last 11, because, you know, he's a fucking monster. Oh, and a win tonight will be the Bruins 10th straight home victory. Seriously, though, it's not a big deal.
Incidentally, in case you were still wondering who it would "B" (guhhhhh), Johnny Boychuk departed for the AHL yesterday, so it'll be Matt Lashoff continuing to fill in for Aaron Ward for now.
A quick non-Boston sports note, since apparently we're allowed to do that on here: those of you who've wandered on over to Footbawful are most likely aware that I've been harboring a massive team crush on the Carolina Panthers since about Week 2 of this season. In what may very well be the only decent match-up this season's MNF slate has offered up, the 9-3 Panthers will face their also-9-3-division rival Buccaneers tonight. I'll be livewhatevering it over at KSK after the Bruins game, so stop by if you can!
Frivolous wager of the night: As long as we're making fun of moronic NHL.com headlines today, how about the odds on possible headlines for tonight's outcome?
B's Beat Bolts 2:1
The Wheel Deal 4:1
Thomas Tops Tampa 10:1
More is Kess 25:1
Bruins Win Dull Home Game Against League's Worst Team, Leading Hockey Fans Everywhere to Once Again Question the Purpose of Expansion Teams in a Sport Already Struggling to Garner Mainstream Attention 500:1
Lightning Storm Back 50,000:1, not because this isn't exactly the kind of drivel I'd expect, but because this would require the Lightning winning
Serious prediction of the night: Points for Kess, Krejci, and Wheels to keep their streaks alive; 5-2, Bruins.
Consider this your open thread for any and all ramblings, game-related and otherwise. Go Bruins!