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LGD: Don’t get mad, get even

Well, we’re finally here. Game Four of the Leafs’ first round series against the Boston Bruins goes tonight, with the mission alarmingly simple: go out and get the W.

With the Leafs having dropped the first two games of the series before storming back for a 4-2 victory in Game 3, their clearest path to avoiding elimination starts with sending the series back to Boston all evened up. With a looming Nazem Kadri return just around the corner, it’ll be a major test to see how the Boys in Blue can respond and hopefully get things knotted at two games a piece.

Leafs lineup

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.1#71 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.8#6 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 77.2#17 RW

Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.4#37 LW

Tomas Plekanec
TOMAS PLEKANEC

Rating: 70.5#135 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 75.5#43 RW

James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 77.6#17 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.6#67 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#93 RW

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.1#53 LW

Dominic Moore
DOMINIC MOORE

Rating: 70.0#147 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 69.9#112 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.6#24 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.1#55 RD

Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.1#21 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.9#61 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 72.7#55 LD

Roman Polak
ROMAN POLAK

Rating: 70.3#92 RD

  • As of right now, no changes from Game Trois.
  • Leo Komarov remains out with an injury.
  • Wouldn’t tonight be a great night for a Tomas Plekanec goal?
  • Wouldn’t tonight be a great night for a Travis Dermott goal?
  • Wouldn’t tonight be a great night for a William Nylander… okay you get the point.

Bruins lines

LW C RW
Brad Marchand
BRAD MARCHAND

Rating: 86.0#1 LW

Patrice Bergeron
PATRICE BERGERON

Rating: 85.2#4 C

David Pastrnak
DAVID PASTRNAK

Rating: 84.5#4 RW

Jake DeBrusk
JAKE DEBRUSK

Rating: 75.6#30 LW

David Krejci
DAVID KREJCI

Rating: 75.9#37 C

Rick Nash
RICK NASH

Rating: 75.0#33 RW

Danton Heinen
DANTON HEINEN

Rating: 73.9#44 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 72.7#81 C

David Backes
DAVID BACKES

Rating: 73.0#72 RW

Tim Schaller
TIM SCHALLER

Rating: 69.9#118 LW

Sean Kuraly
SEAN KURALY

Rating: 70.3#142 C

Noel Acciari
NOEL ACCIARI

Rating: 69.4#121 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Zdeno Chara
ZDENO CHARA

Rating: 76.4#17 LD

Charlie McAvoy
CHARLIE MCAVOY

Rating: 75.7#23 RD

Torey Krug
TOREY KRUG

Rating: 81.6#2 LD

Kevan Miller
KEVAN MILLER

Rating: 74.1#35 RD

Nick Holden
NICK HOLDEN

Rating: 72.3#60 LD

Adam McQuaid
ADAM MCQUAID

Rating: 71.5#69 RD

  • After torching the Leafs for 9 points in the first two games, David Pastrnak (and his two linemates) were held scoreless in Game 3.
  • Ten different Bruins have scored so far.
  • Torey Krug leads the team with 12 shots on goal, but while he has five assists, has not been able to put the puck in the net.
  • Torey Krug also leads the Bruins in ice time, averaging 21:55 so far. The Bruins don’t really have a top pair in this series, but rather a 1a and 1b.

Starting goalies

Tuukka Rask takes the reigns against Frederik Andersen. No surprises there.

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  • lukewarmwater

    Key factors tonight are the normally placid, sushi eating, champagne drinking, platinum blonde ground once again going as crazy as Raptor fans. That emotion from the fans has a tremendous positive effect on the whole team while demoralising the opposition and don’t think it doesn’t influence the refs. My goodness In Montreal for the decades a Hab could trip over his own stick and the fans would scream for a penalty.
    The refs will play a huge role. Do they swallow the whistle and limit both teams in power play chances as this is where the Bruins top line truly shines.
    Do the leafs normally placid Lady Byng candidates on the leafs play the absolutely necessary physical game as they did in game two.
    Finally does Freddy who in his career is 11 and 4 against the Bruins stand on his head and does Rask continue to return to form of being very mediocre against the leafs over the past couple of years as he did in game three. We shall indeed soon know.