Game Day Thread: Bruins @ Maple Leafs

Patrice Bergeron bringing the weed whacker
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…
You can't handle THESE lines!

Forward Lines

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen

Riley Nash

David Backes

Tim Schaller

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Defensive pairs

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Goaltending
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:

There has been some experimentation with Matt Martin & Josh Leivo popping into the lineup and bottom-6 forwards getting time on the Nylander line:

Forwards
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

Defensemen
Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott — Roman Polak

Goaltender
Frederik Andersen
backup: (Curtis McElhinney)

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Bruins got fucked.

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The Sabres will pay dearly for that!!!

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That’s some bullshit right there.

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What? How can you not call that interference after review?

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Interference methinks

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Ugggh

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I have repeatedly forgotten Hainsey is on the Leafs