Sometimes staying home on the weekends isn’t a bad idea. You can spend time with your family, sleep a little longer, relax or have a lazy day with your significant other. And if you’re a hockey fan and don’t have plans for this weekend yet, we have good news: it’s worth staying home on Saturday night! As the National Hockey League playoffs approach, some teams still in the hunt for a spot in April. And one particular game is drawing more attention – and is worth being watched if you love this sport.

Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning (Saturday, 17th – 7 PM ET)

The Bruins travel to Tampa to face the Lightning in an Atlantic Division clash. But it’s not just another divisional game. Tampa Bay has the best record on NHL, while Boston is trying to take the division lead and carry the home advantage into the playoffs.  The teams faced each other earlier this season and the Bruins prevailed playing on home soil. After opening the score and boasting the lead to 3-0, Boston saw the powerful Lightning offense score two goals and almost tie the game.But Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made some decisive saves and secured the victory for his team. Now the Lightning is looking for revenge and Saturday is the perfect opportunity for the team to show this season’s campaign is for real. And not only that: this game will also be a battle between the best offense (Tampa) and the best defense (Boston) in the league. Who will make the difference?

Bruins Key Player – Patrice Bergeron

Brad Marchand is Boston’s biggest scorer, but Bergeron is the engine of this team. The center is the most complete Bruins player, building the plays, scoring goals, winning faceoffs and even blocking some shots. If Bergeron finds some holes on Tampa’s defense, the Lightning will be in trouble.

Lightning Key Player – Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov is enjoying the best season of his young career. So good he’s one of the frontrunners for the MVP award. And there’s a great reason for this: the left wing is the league leader in points and is getting better year after year since his debut in NHL. The Bruins defense is very solid, but Kucherov is also a deadly player, so it will be interesting to see how the things turn out.

Our Prediction

It’s a very difficult game to predict as both teams are very solid – in different aspects. But the Lightning will be playing at home and their offense is so good, it’s hard to imagine they won’t beat Bruins defense. Bruins 2, Lighting 4.