December 8, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Leafs

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

19-8-2 (38 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
3rd in East
2.69 (12th) 1.97 (1st) 165% (19th) 85.0% (8th)
 
16-11-3 (41 pts) 5th in Atlantic
6th in East
2.67 (14th) 2.67 (16th) 24.7% (4th) 78.2% (25th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (17) Krejci, Lucic (22) Dennis Seidenberg (+12)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (15) Tuukka Rask (1.91) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Phil Kessel (16) Cody Franson (14) Phil Kessel (29)
Dion Phaneuf (+14) Colton Orr (73) Jonathan Bernier (9)
Jonathan Bernier (2.40) James Reimer (.932)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 9, 2013: Toronto 1 @ Boston 3

Dec. 8, 2013: Boston @ Toronto

Jan. 14, 2014: Toronto @ Boston

Apr. 3, 2014: Boston @ Toronto

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Spooner - Fraser
Paille - Campbell - Caron 

Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Miller

Chad Johnson

Adam McQuaid (lower body)

Johnny Boychuk (back sprain)

Loui Eriksson (concussion)

Chris Kelly (broken leg)


van Riemsdyk - Kadri - Kessel
Raymond - Smith - Clarkson
Ashton - McClement - Kulemin
McLaren - Holland - D'Amigo

Phaneuf - Gunnarsson
Gardiner - Franson
Ranger - Liles 


Jonathan Bernier

Dave Bolland (ankle)

Tyler Bozak (oblique)

Joffrey Lupul (groin) 

Colton Orr (elbow)


NEWS & NOTES

* The Bruins will be without three forwards in this one, all stemming from last night's win over the Penguins. Shawn Thornton has a pending suspension, Chris Kelly was slashed and suffered a fractured fibula, and Loui Eriksson sustained a concussion on the hit he took from Brooks Orpik.

* Toronto has won two in a row after suffering a five-game losing streak. 

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Milan Lucic (4 pts last 3 GP)

Brad Marchand (4 pts last 3 GP)

Carl Soderberg (0 pts last 5 GP)

* Chad Johnson's lone loss this season came on the road in a 3-1 setback on Long Island.


Phil Kessel (4 pts last 2 GP)

James van Riemsdyk (4 pts last 2 GP)

Nik Kulemin (0 pts last 4 GP)

David Clarkson (0 pts last 7 GP)

* Jon Bernier's third career start was an 8-6 loss to Boston back in 2007 while a member of the Kings. He hasn't faced Boston since.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* After last night's controversial, demoralizing, roster-depleting win over the Penguins, the Bruins are up against it on Sunday evening. They're playing for the third time in four days and will be without a quarter of their regular forwards corps. In their place will be two AHL call-ups (Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser) and Jordan Caron, who's been the 13th forward for most of the NHL season. As such, every line except for David Krejci's will be altered, forcing the other nine forwards to figure things out together quick if the B's want to leave Toronto with two points.

* After a great postseason series against the B's, Phil Kessel went back to his usual ways when these two teams met for the first time this season last month, failing to record a point in a 3-1 loss. He comes into tonight's game with just three goals and a minus-22 rating in 23 career contests against the Bruins. He also comes into this one riding a six-game point streak (4g, 4a). Only one trend can continue. Which will it be?

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com