There’s one change for the Lightning entering today’s big Game 1 against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. They’ll be without ex-Blueshirt Brian Boyle. He’s day-to-day with an injury after not taking warm ups.
Boyle is a reliable two-way checking center who is strong on faceoffs and kills penalties. He always steps it up in the playoffs. So, he’ll be missed by Tampa. Vladislav Namestnikov draws in. Jonathan Marchessault is also in for the Bolts. His second straight postseason game after playing Game 6 last round.