After the “road trip from hell” the Boston Bruins bounced back with a win at home against the Philadelphia Flyers, thus putting them back in first in the Northeast division. Tonight the team looks to grab another home win against the Toronto Maple Leafs and maintain first place. In order to do so, the B’s are keeping all of the lines, pairs, and goaltending the same meaning Tim Thomas will get the start for the 13th time in a row and defensemen Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau will be scratched.
Until this weekend, Corvo had played in every game for the B’s this season but the month of March had been a struggle for No. 14 who was a minus 3 rating in the 9 games.
“That’s the plan tonight. Joe isn’t going to be playing,” said Julien. “[Saturday] I said he was a healthy scratch, but he’s also a little banged up. What that means is that if we really needed him then he’d be available”. (Via CSNNE)
Based on Saturday’s game/ today’s practice here are the projected lines:
Tonight is the sixth and final match up between the two teams this season with the Bruins going for the series sweep. The Bruins heavily outscored Toronto in all of these games with a margin of 28- 10. While tonight for the B’s is a chance to put some more space between themselves and the Ottawa Senators in the fight for the Northeast division, the Leaves are trying to make their way up the Eastern Conference as they are not so comfortably sitting in 11th place.
This game will be a test of who wants it more.
“It’s big, especially at this time of the year,” Boston captain Zdeno Chara told reporters. “Everybody’s scrambling for points, everybody’s trying to establish position in the playoffs, in the standings, going into the playoffs, so every point is important.”(Via NHLBruins)