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    Talkin' B's as in Bruins,adidas Joe Thornton jersey, Backes, big game

    Bob Beers and Judd Sirott all talked Bruins,Here's your Saturday morning hockey show on 98.5 the Sports Hub where yours truly, Billy Jaffe, David Backes' busy week and Boston's big game against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight among other things., Ryan Johnston, Ryan Donato

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    The Bruins will be without a couple more of their front-line guys at least through the weekend.

    Zdeno Chara and Jake DeBrusk were both missing from the morning skate Thursday at the Center and will miss games against the Panthers tonight and Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday with upper-body injuries sustained in the comeback win over Carolina. Chara tumbled upper body-first into the boards midway through the third period and appeared to be complaining of discomfort in the shoulder area on the bench before exiting for good. DeBrusk and Carolina's Elias Lindholm got tangled before the rookie crashed into the boards early in the Tuesday night game, but he remained in the game and kept playing until he eventually had to exit in the third period as well.

    The moment of truth for both will be when they get looked at by the Bruins doctors next week after returning to Boston.

    "Upper body. Won't play tonight and won't play Saturday. We'll have a better idea on both of them next week once we're back in Boston," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "I can't really answer. I'm not worried it's long-term, but once gets further evaluated we may get bad news. But that's kind of the initial reaction right now.

    so he'll come in and contribute. We chose to sit Tommy Wingels the other night,Authentic Kris Letang jersey,"[The injuries] all seem to snowball at once. Two guys are out and another guy is questionable or probable for us, and we were already down two guys. But at the end of the day, and that's the way we try to look at it.",Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey, we've said it…somebody else goes in. Adam has been chomping at the bit to get back in, so he's ready to go in. There is always a positive when a negative happens

    Torey Krug also had an upper-body injury in the third period Tuesday,Authentic Matt Murray jersey, but he felt well enough to skate on Thursday morning and is "questionable-to-probable" vs. the Panthers, according to Cassidy. The Bruins called up Anton Blidh and Paul Postma in case they're needed with the recent rash of injuries and Cassidy is back to finagling with the lineup until he finds combos that will work.

    As far as regular-season games go,Authentic Joe Pavelski jersey, this showdown between the Lightning and Bruins is a pretty good one. It's the most interesting regular-season game so far this season and certainly worth watching.

    But let's not get too carried away with what it all means and let's not read too much into the result.

    yeah,Sure, it should be lots of fun. Two really good teams. The crowd will be into it. That combination is always a blast no matter what is at stake. And,Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey, there is a bit of added intrigue. The two are fighting for the division lead and seem to be on a collision course in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    But as much as we might want to attach a greater meaning to it, Saturday's game is still just a regular-season game. Regular-season hockey just isn't the same as playoff hockey.

    Plus, the Bruins are missing some key pieces,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey, while the Lightning is still trying to incorporate a couple of new players into its lineup. What these teams look like and how they play Saturday will not be what they look like and how they play if they happen to meet in the postseason.

    And one other thing: after Saturday, the Lightning still has two regular-season games left against the Bruins.

    Now, having said all that and no matter how Saturday plays out, here comes the part that Lightning fans aren't going to like:

    I want no part of the Bruins come playoff time. Boston is the one team — the only team — I don't think the Lightning would beat in a seven-game series.,If I'm the Lightning

    This Lightning team is outstanding, bad Bruins than it is about the Lightning., and it wouldn't be a Miracle on Ice if it goes on to win the Stanley Cup. But this gut feeling that Boston would win a seven-game series is more about the big

    The Eastern Conference is loaded with good teams.

    who is playing as well as any player in the world at the moment. A similar Penguins team eliminated a similar Lightning team in the Eastern Conference final two years ago.,Start with the two-time defending champion Penguins with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin

    There are the Capitals. They have Alex Ovechkin, who is still the best pure goal-scorer in the game. And the Caps are a team that, at times, can give Tampa Bay fits physically.

    Toronto is young and hungry. Florida plays the Lightning tough. Philadelphia was hot there for a while. The Blue Jackets have been hot of late. New Jersey's Taylor Hall has been a scoring machine.

    Speaking of "in" Boston, the Lightning has won only eight times., that is a house of horrors for the Lightning. In 53 games including playoffs at Boston

    Now, but when numbers are lopsided like that, what happened 20 years ago should have no impact on today, you start to wonder if there is a psychological factor involved. (And,adidas Kris Letang jersey, before you ask, oh, the Bruins have won 26 of 49 games played at Tampa Bay.)

    Meantime,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey, stingy on defense and tough in both., the Bruins are skilled at forward

    Look,adidas Matt Murray jersey, this isn't to suggest that the Lightning has no chance against the Bruins in a seven-game series. When you have Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and an improved defense with the addition of Ryan McDonagh and a big-time goalie in Andrei Vasilevskiy,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey, Brayden Point, you have a team good enough to beat anyone.

    I'd go with Boston in a seven-game series. The Bruins just seem to have the Lightning figured out.,adidas Patrick Marleau jersey,But if I was forced to bet everything I owned

    The good news for Tampa Bay is, the Lightning will avoid having to play the Bruins in the first round. The best-case scenario is a team such as Toronto does Tampa Bay's dirty work and eliminates the Bruins before the Lightning has to play them., unless the Leafs go on a tear and win the win division