Preview: Maple Leafs at Godless Killing Machines

Pre-Game: 6:30pm LeafsTV
Broadcast: 7pm Sportsnet Ontario (DAMMIT!)
Post-Game: 10pm LeafsTV
Internet Stream: Post in the comments

 

Previous Meetings

Final - 10.23.2008 1 2 3 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 2 2 4
Boston Bruins 2 0 0 2

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Final - 11.6.2008 1 2 3 Total
Toronto Maple Leafs 0 0 2 2
Boston Bruins 2 1 2 5

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Final - 11.17.2008 1 2 3 Total
Boston Bruins 2 1 0 3
Toronto Maple Leafs 1 0 1 2

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The official preview is up and here's a scary tidbit:

Phil Kessel opened the scoring on the man advantage, also adding an assist while extending his points streak to 15 - the longest in the NHL this season. He has 12 goals and 10 assists during the run and has already matched his career high with 19 goals this season.

Let's take a look at those stats:

GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Philip Kessel 30 19 12 31 12 6 6 0 2 1 97 19.6

I wonder if that shooting percentage is sustainable...Anyway, what is on Bruins fans' minds? Besides thoughts of their sisters?

Stanley Cup of Chowder is dreaming of extended winning streaks:

 The Bruins will try to stretch their home win streak to 12 tonight when they take the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the only team to beat the B's in regulation on home ice this season. The Leafs will also be looking to continue a streak of their own, having won 3 straight contests.

Wow, that looks pathetic when you put it next to the Bruins' streak.

Here Come The Bruins took a look the most unlikely 50 goal scorers and one Mr. Gary "Hey Al, your wife's real nice" Leeman made the list!

Cornelius Hardenbergh is feeling a little verklempt

Hockey is such a blue-collar sport sometimes.  Some blog or other said during the sean avery scandal-rama that "at it's heart, hockey is still a sport played by canadian farmboys."  I know it's wicked sappy, but I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.

It is wicked sappy but I agree.

Injuries

Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Niklas Hagman concussion 12.18.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jamal Mayers broken right hand 12.2.2008
Jonas Frogren torn muscles in left arm 11.25.2008
Luke Schenn knee 12.7.2008

Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrice Bergeron flu-like symptoms 12.18.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Aaron Ward leg/ankle 12.18.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Sturm post-concussion syndrome 11.17.2008
Andrew Ference right leg surgery 11.15.2008
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