The Leafs are in town, looking for revenge against the Bruins.
The Bruins suffered an embarrassing defeat on Thursday night to the Vancouver Canucks, showing an improvement in scoring depth, but a poor night in team defense, puck control and goaltending.
Also of slightly alarming note… goaltender Tuukka Rask is on personal leave – not for health reasons. GM Don Sweeney has refrained from explaining further, citing privacy. The Bruins signed a goalie on a PTO (Sean Bonar) and called up Dan Vladar from Providence.
The team has also finally spoken aloud concerning the absence of Charlie McAvoy – while mentioning ongoing vestibular issues, the player showed full-on concussions symptoms since the Edmonton game, and has been held out. He has just recently begun skating again.
Let’s do some lines.
First, another baby bruin will be in the house tonight
Prospect Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson has been called up for the role of 3rd line center in tonight’s game. Noel Acciari will be a healthy scratch.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#41 Jaroslav Halak||(#80 Dan Vladar)|
Toronto has planted themselves firmly into 2nd place in the division. Screw them. Also interesting – two of their big three youngsters are out – William Nylander remains out due to a contract holdout, and Austin Matthews is still nursing a shoulder injury.
(h/t Daily Faceoff):
Maple Leafs Forwards
Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau — Nazem Kadri — Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson — Par Lindholm — Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis — Frederik Gauthier — Josh Leivo
Maple Leafs Defense
Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott — Igor Ozhiganov
Maple Leafs Goaltending