Playoff Game Day Thread: Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Bruins vs Maple Leafs

It’s game four between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs, and the second to be played in Toronto in this first round of the playoffs on NBCSN. The Leafs lead the best-of-seven series by 2 games to 1, with 2 to 4 games remaining.

The Bruins underperformed in game one of this series, giving up a game in which they had home-ice advantage.
Some fans were a little bit disappointed by this

Then this weekend, the two teams met again, and the Bruins were much more physical and aggressive in play. The Bruins would win this match by a decisive 4-1

In game three on Monday, the Bruins played ok, but not well enough to win in the playoffs, and giving up two power-play goals was the difference maker.

Notably underperforming was the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line, with lots of missed passes and hurried plays, and not enough shots on net. Neither Krug nor DeBrusk were playing their best, though they were coming off injury so their may have been some hangover effect.

Well, now the Bruins need to “steal a win” on the road if they want to win the series. Tonight would be an excellent time to do so!

What do the lines look like?

Still missing a couple of key pieces, but good.

They’ve got a few recent injuries, but in spite of being banged up, Jake DeBrusk (cross-check to the head) and Torey Krug (helmet-free collision) were able to play on Monday night. Connor Clifton, however, missed the last game.
John Moore (arm) and Marcus Johansson (illness) are likely to play tonight, displacing Karson Kuhlman and Steven Kampfer. While the obvious spot for Mojo is on Krecji’s right side, he was skating on the left side of the Coyle line yesterday, so we could possibly see Heinen up in the top six, and will likely see Backes slide up there for a shift or two.

Sean Kuraly (arm) is still injured, but is skating. Kevan Miller is still out. It’s a playoff game, so Tuukka Rask is the starting netminder.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Marcus Johansson

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

David Backes

David Backes

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

John Moore

John Moore

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

Toronto has played strong defense, blocking a lot of shots, and is a tougher opponent than they’ve shown during the season.
There are still no injuries to speak of on the Leafs’ roster. Nazem Kadri is still suspended, and Toronto fans are sad.

(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
#29 William Nylander — #12 Patrick Marleau — #28 Connor Brown
#63 Tyler Ennis — #33 Frederik Gauthier — #42 Trevor Moore

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
#30 Michael Hutchinson

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The London Bear
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Haha! They just wanted to make it a bit exciting!

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I’m no tactician but it is good to leave two unmarked forwards right in front of the goal?

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Woohoo! Big Z repping the over-40s!

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Good to see Mojo out there

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Rask has had the most possession of any Bruin the last ten minutes it seems. Come on boys.

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NEVER ENDING PASTA GOALS!!!!!