The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue forward with the first round coming to an end. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have both advanced and will face off on the second round conference semifinals. The puck drops for this second round series at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 23rd, airing on NBC Sports Network.
The series has even odds with both teams listed at -109 at DraftKings Sportsbook. The favored outcome is Bruins winning 4-2 (+475) followed by each team winning 4-3 (+500). Over 5.5 games is currently installed at -177, while over 6.5 games is +210.
The Lightning beat the Bruins 3-2 in the round-robin schedule. Tyler Johnson scored the game-winner in the final 90 seconds of the third period. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots in the win.
Tampa advanced with a 4-1 series win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lightning won the opener in a near record five overtimes, and then closed the series out with three straight wins after Columbus won Game 2. Brayden Point leads the Lightning with 10 points since the re-start, including two goals in Game 1 and the series-clincher in Game 5.
Boston advanced with a 4-1 series win over the Carolina Hurricanes, coming even after goalie Tuukka Rask opted out of the playoffs midway through the series. David Krejci leads the team with 9 points since the restart.
Below is a full rundown of the Lightning-Bruins series and how to watch it. The NBC games are all available at NBCSports.com/live.
Lightning vs. Bruins series info
Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m.: Bruins @ Lightning | NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.: Bruins @ Lightning | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.: Lightning @ Bruins | NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.: Lightning @ Bruins | USA, CBC, SN, TVAS
*Sunday, Aug. 30, TBD: Bruins @ Lightning | TBD
*Tuesday, Sept. 1, TBD: Lightning @ Bruins | TBD
*Wednesday, Sept. 2, TBD: Bruins @ Lightning | TBD