For the second time this season the Boston Bruins are taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are looking for their eighth straight victory against the team dating back to last season. Their last meeting provided the Bruins with their seventh-straight victory as they swept up the Leafs 1-0.
Tonight’s meeting should play a different tune as Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille are expected to be in the line up, two key ‘Merlot line’ forwards who were absent the last time the two faced off. With any luck the third line will produce as well as the did in the previous meeting against Toronto, with Chris Bourque netting the lone goal of the game.
However, the third line isn’t the only improvement that the Bruins need to make. They need to stay focused for the entire sixty minutes, a feat that has beaten the men in the spoked-B’s the past two games. They need to be stronger on the forecheck and be ready to transition and apply back pressure when they lose possession. They need to contain their tempers and stay out of the penalty box. They may be the best penalty killing team in the league, but they can’t solely rely on that to win games.
The Bruins are coming off of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, completely losing grasp of an early 3-0 lead set forth in the first period. Meanwhile the Maple Leafs are coming off of a 5-4 victory against the Ottawa Senators last night.
Lane MacDermid suited up against the Leafs earlier this season and fought twice in an attempt to fill the spot of Shawn Thornton who was sidelined with a concussion. While he is currently with the Bruins he has been a healthy scratch since mid-February.
Tuukka Rask appeared in net for the Bruins against the Canadiens and Capitals and could potentially sit as the back up for this meeting resting up for Saturday’s meeting against the Flyers. Anton Khudobin would make his fifth start of the season. Currently Khudobin holds a 3-1-0 record and sports a 2.52 goals against average and .906 save percentage.
The puck is set to drop at 7:00PM and is being aired on NESN.