For the first time in nine years the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in the playoffs, and to kick it off, they will be facing the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match-up, with Game 1 starting Wednesday.
To get you ready for all the action, here are some notes I put together.
– The Maple Leafs finished the season with the second best penalty kill in the league at 87.9%, while the Bruins on the other hand were fourth with 87.1%.
– The Maple Leafs power play is ranked 14th in the NHL at 18.7%, while Boston is ranked 26th with 14.8%.
– Boston won three of the four games between the two clubs this season. But even though Boston came out on top three times this year, each game was close.
March 25th: Toronto 2 at Boston 3 – SO
March 23rd: Boston 2 at Toronto 3
March 7th: Toronto 2 at Boston 4
February 2nd: Boston 1 at Toronto 0
– After 48 games played, the Leafs lead the league in Hits: 1626, Blocked Shots: 826, and Fighting Majors: 44.
– The Boston Bruins have put up a 15-4-3 record over the Maple Leafs since the two teams completed the trade to send Phil Kessel to Toronto.
– The Boston Bruins haven’t been playing their best hockey as of late, as they have gone 3-5-2 in their last ten. Toronto on the other hand is 5-4-1.
– Phil Kessel finished the season with 11 goals and 18 points in the last 11 games for the Leafs.
– Phil Kessel finished the season with 57 points (Ranked 8th), while Tyler Seguin finished with 32 (Ranked 66th )
– While playing on the road this season, the Maple Leafs have gone 13-8-3.
– While playing at home this season, the Bruins have gone 16-5-3.
Here is the official playoff schedule:
Wednesday, May 1st 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston
Saturday, May 4th 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston
Monday, May 6th 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto
Wednesday, May 8th 7 p.m. Boston at Toronto
*Friday, May 10th 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston
*Sunday, May 12th TBD Boston at Toronto
*Monday, May 13th TBD Toronto at Boston
Monday Practice Update:
With Game 1 right around the corner, the Maple Leafs hit the ice this morning at the MasterCard Centre in what was a long, physical, and intense skate. Some reporters who were on scene said the practice looked like a training camp session.
Here are some notes from this morning’s practice:
– Tyler Bozak was first on the ice, skating with Strength/Conditioning coach Anthony Belza, but left just minutes after the practice begun. Head Coach, Randy Carlyle says Bozak is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury (shoulder) and would like to see him participate in a full practice before he can play. General Manager, Dave Nonis feels Bozak should be ready for game 1 in Boston on Wednesday.
– Nazem Kadri fell hard into the net during a skating drill, and was seen by a trainer multiple times. However, he is fine and isn’t expected to miss any time.
Lines at practice:
– Leafs are scheduled to practice at the MasterCard Centre at 10:45 a.m.
– Tyler Bozak is expected to participate in the practice.
– Once practice is done, they will make their way to Boston.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my practice update.
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