I have to be honest, I am a sucker for two things when it comes to hockey — great goal scoring and the original six teams. To the luck of all of us, we get to see both on the ice tonight as the high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning takes on the Boston Bruins in the original six town of Boston. Here’s who I think will be tonight’s 3 stars for your HypSports lineup.

Third Star
Ondrej Palat, LW Tampa Bay
If you know anything about the Tampa Bay Lighting, it’s that they are one heck of a goal-scoring team. A lot of that is attributed to some of the quickest lines in the NHL. One player I would keep my eyes on tonight is Ondrej Palat. Coming off 2 goals in the last 3 games, Palat looks to be on the cusp to have a multi-goal game. Palat may be a gamble for some, but I think his style of skating and puck handling is a perfect matchup against the Bruins. He’s in my lineup!

Second Star
Torey Krug, D Boston
One thing original six teams are known for is stellar defenseman and Boston is no different. Since hitting the scene in 2011, Torey Krug has been a consistent D-man. This year has been no different. With 10 assists in just 18 games, Krug is a man you might want to beef up your HypSports points. Coming off a 2-assist game against Edmonton, look for Krug to keep the ball rolling in the points column. If you are in need of Defenseman, Krug is one of my picks in this matchup.

First Star
Nikita Kucherov, RW Tampa/David Pastrnak, RW Boston
The first star in this matchup is a complete toss-up this week. Kucherov has set the NHL on fire with his goal scoring this year, 17 goals in 23 games is no joke! Though he has cooled off in the last 3 games, Nikita can turn it on quick. In the other corner, you have David Pastrnak with 2 goals in his last 3 games. David is the man in Boston. I would look for him to light the lamp at least once. If you have either option here you are in great shape. Start either or, even better yet, both.

About Michael Szalajko
Michael Szalajko is a graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in Sports Marketing and Media. He also interned with companies such as PBC Boxing and the WWE. Being a Chicago native, he knows a little something about what makes sports fans tick. Along with being an avid sports fan and writer, Michael finds fun in his other passion: tabletop gaming. He is the owner of BeardedDiceReviews.com and will be opening House Rules Board Game Bistro in April near his residency in Orlando, Florida. When he is not glued to every sports broadcast imaginable, some of his hobbies include: playing hockey, sports video gaming, fantasy sports, and being a dad and husband.
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