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Game 7 Preview: Here we go again

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The Maple Leafs face the Bruins in a Game 7 of the first round. Again.

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Six Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images

No one here wanted to watch a Leafs game tonight.

We all wanted it wrapped up in a neat little bow on Sunday afternoon so we could start thinking about playing against the Blue Jackets. Hockey rarely works out the way you want it to.

So, here we are. Game 7. Again. Against the Bruins. Again. I am so sick of the Bruins. I want this series over and done with. I’m sure you do too.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins
7:00 p.m. - Toronto-Dominion Garden
Watch: CBC, NBCSN
Opponent: Stanley Cup of Chowdah

So let’s focus for now on what’s happening with the game. We’re trying to keep updated with any line changes for this game tonight, but I’m sure information will be kept as much as possible behind closed doors. Anything that comes out from beat reporters will be posted here and the lines will be updated accordingly.

Maple Leafs

(based on previous game)

Forward Lines

Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau - William Nylander - Connor Brown
Trevor Moore - Frederik Gauthier - Tyler Ennis

Defence Pairings

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Travis Dermott

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Judging by the use of Petan as a fill-in, Hyman is just taking the skate off, not the game:

Boston Bruins

(based on previous game)

Forward Lines

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Danton Heinen
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - David Pastrnak
Marcus Johansson - Charlie Coyle - Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari

Defence Pairings

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo
John Moore - Matt Grzelcyk

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak

There’s not much more left to say, is there? It’s a one game win-and-you’re-in event. There’s no more time for strategising, analysing, and forecasting.

This is it. Just play to win.