Playoff Game Day Thread: Round1, Game1 – Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins

Bruins vs Maple Leafs

It’s time.
Time for playoff hockey.
To everyone’s shock, the Bruins and the Maple Leafs will meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Tonight on NESN.

What do the lines look like? Well, pretty solid.

Sean Kuraly and John Moore are still injured, but most everyone else is back in the lineup. The one notable exception – defensemen Kevan Miller has been dealing with some soreness from an in-game knee injury a few games back. It’s not clear whether he’s truly unable to play or if they are just playing it safe by holding him out. Matt Grzelcyk has been skating primarily with Connor Clifton in the mean time. Clifton seems a bit speedier and is not afraid to throw a hit.

Brandon Carlo looks ready to play in his first NHL playoff game. And no one is happier than his defensive linemate


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Marcus Johansson

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

As far as the Toronto status, Toronto finished slightly behind Boston in the standings, with a record of 46-28-8 for 100 points and 5th place in the conference. They have been playing sub-.500 hockey to close out the season, but the playoffs start everything anew.
They have been putting up goals at an impressive rate, good enough for 3rd in the league for goals scored, and in spite of some questionable defense, have not allowed many more goals-against than the Bruins. There are no injuries to speak of on the Leafs’ roster. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson had been away due to a personal issue, but should be back soon.


Hutch is the one who I most fear developing “hot goalie syndrome”. Garret Sparks traveled with the Leafs in lieu of Hutch.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and TSN beat writer Kristen Shilton):

Maple Leafs Forwards
#11 Zach Hyman — #91 John Tavares — #16 Mitch Marner
#18 Andreas Johnsson — #34 Auston Matthews — #24 Kasperi Kapanen
#12 Patrick Marleau — #43 Nazem Kadri — #29 William Nylander
#42 Trevor Moore — #33 Frederik Gauthier — #28 Connor Brown

Maple Leafs Defense
#44 Morgan Rielly — #2 Ron Hainsey
#8 Jake Muzzin — #22 Nikita Zaitsev
#51 Jake Gardiner — #23 Travis Dermott

Maple Leafs Goaltending
#31 Frederik Andersen
#40 Garret Sparks

So let’s do it.
Grab your favorite beverage and tuck in to the hockeyness of hockey in the playoffs!

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