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Game Preview: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

With nine games left to go the Maple Leafs are playing well. Could they play spoiler for playoff hopefuls?

Can Nylander pull a Sittler tonight? There's just as big a chance of that happening as a team coming back from a 4-1 deficit with 10 minutes left.
Can Nylander pull a Sittler tonight? There's just as big a chance of that happening as a team coming back from a 4-1 deficit with 10 minutes left.
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It can be hard to think of what to write about the Toronto Maple Leafs as their season is over, essentially. All they are fighting for is a good chance in the draft lottery. Their opponent for tonight, the Boston Bruins, are fighting to stay in a playoff position. The Bruins have 86 point and the Detroit Red Wings are sitting one spot out of the playoffs with 85 points. This is a golden opportunity for the Maple Leafs to make their division rivals suffer just a little bit.

The Bruins are giving their fans some panic as they dig their nails in to keep the Red Wings from bumping them out of the division playoff picture, into a spot where they must fight for a wild card.

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: CBC / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: Stanley Cup of Chowdah

The Toronto Marlies are playing an afternoon game at the ACC before the Leafs/Bruins take the ice. Our own Species1967 will be there covering the game for us live.

Comparing the two teams:

Toronto Boston
Record 27-35-11 39-28-8
Division Rank 8th Atlantic 3rd Atlantic
Conference 16th East 7th East
League 30th overall 14th overall
Goals +/- 180/214 = -34 219/206 = +13
Top Scorer Leo Komarov 19G Brad Marchand 34G
Top Points Nazem Kadri 41pts Patrice Bergeron 62pts
Top Goalie Jonathan Bernier .905sv% Tuuka Rask .917sv%
Historical vs 269-294-98 294-269-98
Potential Lineups:

Maple Leafs: (via

Milan MichalekNazem Kadri - Michael Grabner
Zach HymanWilliam NylanderP.A. Parenteau
Connor Brown - Tyler BozakBrad Boyes
Colin GreeningBrooks Laich - Ben Smith

Martin MarincinMorgan Rielly
Jake GardinerConnor Carrick
Rinat ValievFrank Corrado

Jonathan Bernier
Garret Sparks

Bruins: (via @AmalieBenjamin)


Chara-K. Miller


The Toronto Maple Leafs are kicking off their youth movement and the results have been positive so far. The Leafs have a 6-3-1 record in their past 10 games and numerous players have made their NHL debuts and scored their first NHL goals.

The Bruins are a team trying to duct tape and twine together a contender, still hanging onto the glory of a five-year-old Cup win. Even with elite players such as their Bergeron/Marchand pairing, the Bruins are declining to middling team status, though with some smart GMing they could extend their chances and life for a few more years.

Old meets new. There are few players left from that fateful game three years ago that gave the Bruins a run to the finals. The ghosts of "It was 4-1" have been exorcised and exist only in the minds of narrative lacking writers and broadcasters.

This is a forward-looking Maple Leafs team. The future lies ahead and the past is gone and forgotten. We look to the new season, but that doesn't mean we can't kick some sand in the eyes of those looking at playoff glory on our way by.