Boston Bruins (48-18-12) at Tampa Bay Lightning (49-23-6)

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm

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At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Boston Bruins.  We're down to four teams in each Conference and perhaps no series is as compelling as this one.  These two are everyone's favorite playoff underachievers (now that the Caps have won it all) since 2011, the last time one of them took home the Stanley Cup (Boston).  Between them, the Bruins and Bolts have lost three Stanley Cup Finals in the last seven years and of course only one of these teams can get there this year.  It's the Lightning who come into this quarterfinal series off of a major high, having beaten the team that knocked them out in four straight in the first round in 2019 (Columbus).  Their mantra in this playoff run should be "No Stamkos, No problem" as the Bolts have been playing some of their best hockey of the season despite the continued loss of their Captain.  This could be the best match-up for them right now as the Bolts are 19-6 (+9 games on the moneyline) in their last 25 games vs. Division foes.  Take Tampa.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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