BOSTON (5-1-1) AT TORONTO (Four-Three-1)
7 p.m., Scotiabank Enviornment, HNIC, Sportsnet 590 The Fan
FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
- Stage is ready for Spezza
The veteran centre’s time in Toronto hasn’t gone as deliberate, however that would change now that he’s leaving the press field to centre the third line. Spezza has a historical past of manufacturing in a top-line function, however that looks like ages in the past. Does he nonetheless have sufficient within the tank to maintain up with the speedy Kasperi Kapanen and Trevor Moore?
- Blanking Boston’s Huge Three
It’s no secret that the Bruins get the majority of their offence from the highest line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Krejci. The trio has already mixed for 14 objectives and 31 factors in seven video games this season. Towards the Leafs final 12 months, they’d seven objectives and 19 factors in simply 4 video games.
- Can Marner drive a line?
It’s straightforward to overlook that earlier than John Tavares arrived, Mitch Marner had been producing factors with out assistance from a top-line centre. He’ll should do it once more now that Alex Kerfoot is changing the injured Tavares, however he will even have assist in the type of Ilya Mikheyev, who has three objectives and 6 factors.
- Crimson-hot Rask
Tuukka Rask was the principle motive why Boston defeated Toronto in Sport 7 in final 12 months’s playoffs after which went to the Stanley Cup ultimate. To date this season, he’s continued the place he left off with a near-perfect Three-Zero-1 file and a 1.72 goals-against common and a .946 save share.
- Mo is required from Rielly
Rielly led all NHL defencemen with 20 objectives final 12 months, however he’s gone the primary eight video games of this season with no objective. Not that he isn’t producing. He picked up assists on all 4 objectives in a Four-2 win towards the Wild on Tuesday and leads the crew with 9 assists. On the similar time, he’s gone 4 of the previous 5 video games with no level.
THE BIG MATCHUP
Patrice Bergeron vs. Auston Matthews
Boston’s four-time Selke Trophy winner is a handful at each ends of the ice. He’ll be tasked with shutting down the Leafs’ seven-goal scorer, who will likely be requested to hold a fair larger load of the offence with Tavares out with a damaged finger.
LEAFS GAMEDAY LINES
Andreas Johnsson Auston Matthews William Nylander
Ilya Mikheyev Alex Kerfoot Mitch Marner
Trevor Moore Jason Spezza Kasperi Kapanen
Dmytro Timashov Frederik Gauthier Nick Shore
Morgan Rielly Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin Tyson Barrie
Martin Marincin Justin Holl
BRUINS GAMEDAY LINES
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk Charlie Coyle Karson Kuhlman
Danton Heinen Par Lindholm Brett Ritchie
Chris Wagner Sean Kuraly David Backes
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Connor Clifton
D Travis Dermott (shoulder)
LW Zach Hyman (knee)
C John Tavares (finger)
David Krejci (higher physique)
John Moore (shoulder)
Joakim Nordstrom (higher physique)
Leafs 26.9% (eighth), Bruins: 38.1% (2nd)
Leafs 80.eight% (15th), Bruins 85.7% (eighth)