Maple Leafs Look To Jump Ahead Of Bruins Tonight

Published February 24, 2018 at 11:35
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"Toronto Maple Leafs 81 pts (38-20-5)
vs
Boston Bruins 82 pts (37-13-8)
7 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
TV: CBC
Radio: TSN 1050 AM


Season Series/Schedule
Date Game GWG
11/10 TOR 3 @ BOS 2 OT Patrick Marleau
11/11 BOS 1 @ TOR 4 James van Riemsdyk
2/3 TOR 1 @ BOS 4 David Pastrnak
2/24 BOS @ TOR


Team Leaders
Maple Leafs Bruins
Auston Matthews, 50 Points Brad Marchand, 55
Auston Matthews, 38 Goals Patrice Bergeron, 27
Jake Gardiner, 34 Assists Brad Marchand, 33


The Maple Leafs and Bruins will get together for the fourth and final time tonight in the last game before Monday's trade deadline.
The biggest storyline on the Leafs side is the Auston Matthews shoulder injury. Matthews will be out for tonight's game, so William Nylander will move to the middle of the ice tonight. It also appears that Josh Leivo will draw back into the lineup. This will be just Leivo's 13th game of the year and his first since New Year's Eve in Las Vegas.
The Maples Leafs power play has been struggling of late with just one goal in their last 13 chances. They will not have it any easier tonight facing the NHL's top penalty kill unit.
Toronto has won two out of the first three games against the Bruins this season and can jump ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings win another win tonight. James van Riemsdyk has three goals versus the Bruins this season and Mitch Marner leads the way with five points (2 G, 3 A).
Tonight's starting goaltender, Frederik Andersen, has given up five goals on 64 shots for a .922 save percent in his two starts versus Boston this year.
The Maple Leafs have won seven of the last 10 games against the Bruins.


Probable Maple Leafs Lineup
FORWARDS
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman- William Nylander - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Kasperi Kapanen
Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Josh Leivo
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Roman Polak
GOALTENDER
Frederik Andersen (31-16-4, 2.66 GAA, .923 save %, 5 SO)
INURY REPORT
LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia) out, C-Auston Mattews (shoulder) day-to-day


Probable Bruins Lineup
FORWARDS
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Zdeno Chara- Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevin Miller
GOALTENDER
Tuukka Rask (24-10-4, 2.17 GAA, .922 save %, 2 SO)
INJURY REPORT
LW-Anders Bjork (shoulder) out"



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