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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 17: Boston Bruins

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-0) at Boston Bruins (9-5-1)

Where: TD Garden (Boston, MA)

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where to watch: CBC; NHL Network; NESN

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan; 98.5 The Sports Hub

Enemy blog: Causeway Crowd

Lineups:

LEAFS

Forwards

Joffrey LupulJames van RiemsdykPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondNazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Troy BodieJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJerred SmithsonColton Orr

Defense

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Cody FransonJake Gardiner

Mark FraserPaul Ranger

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

BRUINS

Forwards

Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronLoui Eriksson

Carl SoderbergChris KellyReilly Smith

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Defense

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk

Dennis SeidenbergDougie Hamilton

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Goalies

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

  • Tonight marks the first time since the infamous Game 7 of the first round last year that these two teams have faced off. The Bruins have come on strong since a bit of a tough start to the year, and are only three points back of the Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins remain a top-10 possession team with plenty of depth, so the Leafs could be in tough to win this one.
  • Goaltending will likely be the big storyline tonight. In that first-round matchup, Reimer and Rask took turns stealing games from their teams, and this year they both look as good as ever. In fact, they own identical .942 save percentages, although Rask has played six more games. Scoring will likely come at a premium tonight.
  • Van Riemsdyk’s first game as a centre went about as well as could be expected. He improved throughout the game to finish at 40 per cent on faceoffs, but he still looked to have some positioning issues, especially in the defensive end. That line might have a tough go, as they’re sure to see tons of Bergeron’s line tonight. But the Kessel-Lupul combination looked as dangerous as ever at times last night, and hopefully they can continue that trend.
  • Orr was scratched with an undisclosed injury last night, and Morgan Rielly stepped in as the seventh defenseman. The Leafs didn’t have a morning skate, so it’s still unclear if Orr will be able to go tonight.

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