Playoff Game Day Thread: RD1,GM1 Maple Leafs @ Bruins

Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Bruins playoffs begin tonight.
BRING IT!

The Bruins couldn’t eek out another 2 points vs the Panthers, so they now are the 2nd seed in the Atlantic and must face the 3rd place Toronto Maple Leafs.

Screw those guys

Anyway, it seems that while Rick Nash and Sean Kuraly will be ready to go tonight, Riley Nash is not expected.
We have speculated that he canna fit his giant head inna his wee helmet
HEEED!!!! MOVE YER GIANT MELON!
Nash has been suffering from the after effects from receiving a puck to his ear, with a pile o stitches, which apparently were painful and initially preventing him from even wearing his helmet.

“[He] worked out today, will skate tomorrow, but won’t play tomorrow. Saturday [has] potential but we’ll see how he progresses.” —Bruce Cassidy

Hopefully we’ll all have fun watching the Bruins go through the leafs

Leafs fans are giddy & overconfident. It’s more than a little annoying. However, this is the best Leafs team in recent memory, and they match up well against the Bruins, having gone 3-1 vs the B’s this season. Their goaltending has been decent, with primary netminder FredEx logging SV% .918 and 2.81 GAA, but he has the capacity for ‘hot goalie syndrome’. Their forward lines are pretty strong, especially strong down the middle with forwards Matthews, Kadri, Bozak, – Matthews & Bozak being strong faceoff men, and three 30-goal scorers in JVR, Matthews & Kadri.

Let’s do some lines.

Noel Acciari will move up into Riley Nash’s 3rd line slot, alternating with David Backes between center & RW as the game proceeds.
Strangely, it looks like Miller & McQuaid have swapped pairs – I’m not a huge fan of that move in general, but perhaps a brief shakeup will help kickstart some defense.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Rick Nash

Rick Nash

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

David Backes

David Backes

Tim Schaller

Sean Kuraly

Tommy Wingels

Tommy Wingels

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Bruins Goaltending
Tuukka Rask (Anton Khudobin)

something something Leafs
Latest lineup info h/t TSN’s Mark Masters (@MarkMasters):

Maple Leafs Forwards

Zach HymanAuston MatthewsWilliam Nylander
Patrick MarleauNazim KadriMitch Marner
James Van ReimsdykTyler BozakConnor Brown
Leo KomarovTomas PlekanecKasperi Kapanen

Maple Leafs Defense
Morgan ReillyRon Hainsey
Jake GardinerNikita Zaitsev
Travis DermottRoman Polak

Maple Leafs Goaltending
Frederik Anderson
(Curtis McElhinney)

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Oh, and it anyone still doesn’t appreciate Tuukka, how would you like to be a Flyer fan? Chew on that for awhile.

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2U’s 2K’s 2 Points! Wait, that’s not right.

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One down – fifteen to go!

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Kadri is such a scumbag!

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What the fuck, Kadri.

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Holy shit David Pastrnak is nasty

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Pastrnasty.