7:30 PM - TD Garden, Boston
Broadcast: NESN, NHLN-US, Sportsnet, Sportsnet-360
Opponent’s SB Nation site: Stanley Cup of Chowder, Litter Box Cats
Hello Toronto Maple Leafs fans. It is I, your host for tonight, watching avidly to see whether Toronto will face the Boston Bruins or the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of playoffs. We will likely not see our old pal James Reimer in net tonight — instead, it’ll be Roberto Luongo with his .929 SV%.
Here’s a fun quote from Litter Box Cats about the match: “Luongo, who played in his 1,000th game and defeated Boston on Thursday night, had a disastrous 2011 Stanley Cup final against the Bruins and now could have a chance for a second tiny bit of revenge Sunday.”
Here’s a terrifying quote from Stanley Cup of Chowder about the match: Alexander Barkov was crushed by living-Playstation 2-rendered-character Colby Cave in their last meeting not too long ago and has not returned to the lineup for the Cats, and the last game against them was a loss that felt like a team not only possessed to try and make the playoffs, but also began to take on an edge of vengeance.”
And a rejoinder: “The Panthers will again be without their best player, Aleksander Barkov, out for the weekend games with an upper-body injury suffered when checked by Boston’s Colby Cave, who has since been returned to the minors.”
Opposite Luongo will be Tuukka Rask (.919 SV%.).
So, who do think wins?
Who wins tonight?
This poll is closed
Hockey fans everywhere
Boston Bruins Lines:
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - David Backes
Danton Heinen - Ryan Donato - Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller - Noel Acciari - Tommy Wingels
Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
Evgeny Dadonov - Vincent Trocheck - Colton Sceviour
Jonathan Huberdeau - Jared McCann - Nick Bjugstad
Frank Vatrano - Denis Malgin - Jamie McGinn
Michael Haley - Derek MacKenzie - Maxim Mamin
Keith Yandle - Aaron Eckblad
Michael Matheson - Mark Psysyk
Mackenzie Weegar - Alex Petrovic