Tommy Wingels has 57 games of playoff experience under his belt which is part of the reason Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy feels Wingels can give the team the boost they need in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Bruins fourth line of Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly, and Noel Acciari had contributed eight points in the first round against the Maple Leafs. They had gone somewhat stale against the Lightning and did not score a point in the first two games.
More so, the Bruins lacked any jump in their legs for extended periods of play in both games, most notably the opening period of Game 2 where the Bruins did not get a shot on net in the first 15 minutes. It’s not on the Bruins fourth-line to provide the bulk of the team’s scoring chances, but they are counted on for a gritty boost of energy, which Cassidy felt the team lacked in Tampa Bay.
Cassidy’s response was to swap out Schaller, who entered the playoffs with just six playoff games to his name, for the more experienced Wingels.