Still coming off the emotional high of Wednesday’s Game 7 comeback win over the Maple Leafs, the Bruins will have a quick turnaround to hit the ice for a Friday practice in Tampa Bay. You’ll have a quick turnaround, too, as the National Hockey League is not going to waste any time getting your nerves back in action.
Here’s how the round two schedule breaks down, as of right now…
Game 1: Bruins at Lightning, Sat. April 28, 3 p.m.
The series kicks off with a signature NBC midday game. This is undoubtedly better than a 12:30 p.m. start, which has often led to weak starts and early deficits for the Black and Gold.
Game 2: Bruins at Lightning, Mon. April 30, 7 p.m.
Game 3: Lightning at Bruins, Wed. May 2, 7 p.m.
The series will shift back to Boston for Game 3. The Bruins went 3-1 at TD Garden in round one, and have truly dominated the Lightning here in recent years, with wins in all but five of their last 25 home games vs. Tampa Bay.
Game 4: Lightning at Bruins, Fri. May 4, 7 p.m.
All eight teams that won Game 4 of their respective first-round series have gone on to win the series this postseason. If that trend holds, it’s immensely valuable to have that Game 4 played in Boston and with a rockin’ Friday night crowd.
Game 5 (if necessary): Bruins at Lightning, Sun. May 6, TBD
Game 6 (if necessary): Lightning at Bruins, Tue. May 8, TBD
Game 7 (if necessary): Bruins at Lightning, Thu. May 10, TBD
The Bruins captured wins in three of their four regular-season meetings with the Lightning, and outscored the Bolts 10-to-8. The B’s have won eight of their last 10 head-to-heads against the Lightning, dating back to Mar. 2016.
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