LGD: Trouble Bruin

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to avoid a four-game losing streak tonight when they take on the Boston Bruins. This is probably the most important one of the past few weeks, though, as a loss would also give points to a division rival in the thick of the playoff race. Here’s what you have to keep in mind ahead of puck drop.

The Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

No Alexey Marchenko… yet! But the lines will remain the same as they’ve been most nights, save for the start of the St. Louis game. It’s mostly worked for Toronto, so I guess they’re going to force them until they get rolling again. Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing.

The Bruins

Boston Bruins lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Kinda funny how the Bruins have the “no, the other one with that name” for Nash, Spooner, Hayes, Miller, and if you’re from the centre of the universe, Moore.

Also, David Pastrnak kinda rules, but let’s not tell anyone that until after the game is over.

Starting Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen hasn’t had much luck lately, but he’ll give it another go tonight. The good news is that he’s 2-0 with a 0.966 save percentage against the Bruins this year, so maybe he’ll continue that run of form instead of the one he’s had against the rest of the league this year.

Tuukka Rask likely goes in goal for the Bruins tonight, despite missing practice on Friday. He gave up 5 in 22 on Wednesday and supposedly has some groin soreness, but in a big game like this, the Bruins will always look to their starter.

By the way, it’s worth noting that both goaltenders will wear those sweet new pants tonight. For more on the new rule, check Zach’s post on TLN, and for more info on what the pants actually do, check Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks’ review on GGSUnited from November.

What To Look Out For

Be eager, be hungry, be a team that gets a regulation win. Pretty straight forward; while not a total sink-or-swim night for the team, it would be real, real beneficial to the team if they were able to swim. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM on Hockey Night In Canada.

  • LukeWarmWater

    Brother Luke indeed it did have a heavy weight fight but the Bruins are a tired over the hill club similar to the Red Wings. The leafs on the other hand wow 11 points from the rookies tonight.

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Looks like Jeff is going to be late again with his post game article. When the article is late most Nation fans have gone to bed. I have the goals scorers and assists ready to post whenever the article here. It sure looked like another one of those overtime shootout loses in the making. I was so glad JVR finished them off. I think Komarov’s complaint was that the refs were not calling any of those interference, slashing, and crosschecking penalties. He also felt there was embellishment.