The Bruins play the Leafs yet again in Toronto on this day
The Bruins got some nice points this week, with an OT win in Calgary and a comeback from 0-2 to win vs the Oilers in regulation, and have have then gotten a few days off. Will Bergy bring the weed whacker to take care of the Leafs?
The Leafs have won three games straight, culminating in a shootout win at home on Thursday night. The last time these two teams met, it resulted in a decisive Bruins home victory, in stark contrast to a pair of Bruin losses in the November home-and-home. Toronto is a mere 1 point behind the Bruins, though the Bruins have a whopping 5 games in hand. For their part, Boston is 3 points behind Tampa Bay for the top spot in the east, with 3 games in hand. (Tampa plays in Montreal tonight)
The Bruins roster has shown a little movement, starting with tweener forward Anders Bjork, who has been ruled out for the season after undergoing a shoulder surgery. Defensive prospect Rob O’Gara and 13th forward Frank Vatrano have both been traded, bringing back Rangers defenseman Nick Holden. While Holden has met up with the team in Toronto, he is not expected to make an appearance tonight.
The formerly-injured Kevan Miller was playing on the 3rd pairing with Grizz in the last two morning skates. Is this the day he returns to the lineup? (as I’ve been theorizing all week…) I think so. The expectation is that Adam McQuaid will sit out – it seems difficult to choose which of Quaider or Grizz should sit to give Killer some ice time, as both have been playing very well.
Let’s do some lines…
|Tuukka Rask||(Anton Khudobin)|
The Leafs have been juggling lines with top line centerman Auston Matthews expected to miss some games due to a shoulder injury when he was involved in an unfortunate fish sandwich:
Auston Matthews heads to the room after this double hit from Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck. Suspicion is that it's a shoulder ailment. pic.twitter.com/VWtIlQUUhj
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) February 23, 2018
There has been some experimentation with Matt Martin & Josh Leivo popping into the lineup and bottom-6 forwards getting time on the Nylander line:
Zach Hyman — William Nylander — Connor Brown
Patrick Marleau — Nazem Kadri — Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk — Tyler Bozak — Kasperi Kapanen
Matt Martin Josh Leivo — Dominic Moore — Leo Komarov
Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott — Roman Polak
backup: (Curtis McElhinney)