November 9, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

9-5-1 (19 pts) 4th in Atlantic
5th in East
2.73 (15th) 1.87 (2nd) 15.9% (20th) 83.0% (16th)

11-5-0 (10 pts) 2nd in Atlantic
3rd in East
3.00 (11th) 2.31 (7th) 22.8% (5th) 86.2% (5th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (7) David Krejci (12) David Krejci (15) Dennis Seidenberg (+12)
Adam McQuaid (28) Tuukka Rask (8) Tuukka Rask (1.68) Tuukka Rask (.942)
  
Phil Kessel (10) Cody Franson (10) Phil Kessel (19)
Dion Phaneuf (+10)
Colton Orr (51) Jonathan Bernier (7)
Jonathan Bernier (2.17)
James Reimer (.942)


SEASON SERIES

Nov. 9 2013: Toronto @ Boston

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 - Eriksson
Soderberg - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Krug - McQuaid 

Tuukka Rask

 


Lupul - van Riemsdyk - Kessel
Raymond - Kadri - Clarkson
Bodie - McClement - Kulemin
McLaren - Smithson - Rielly (7th D)

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Fraser - Ranger
Franson - Gardiner 


James Reimer 

Dave Bolland (ankle)

Tyler Bozak (lower body)

Colton Orr (undisclosed)

 


NEWS & NOTES

* The Leafs squeaked out a 2-1 shootout victory over the Devils last night in Toronto. Former UNH star James van Riemsdyk buried the shootout winner.

* Boston ended a one-win-in-five-games stretch Thursday when they took care of business against the Panthers, scoring three goals in the third en route to a 4-1 victory.

* Dave Bolland, who was acquired in the offseason from Chicago, suffered a severed tendon in a game earlier this week against the Canucks. He had surgery and is out indefinitely. Bolland, as you may recall, scored the Cup-clinching goal against the Bruins in the Blackhawks' comeback win in Game 6 at TD Garden.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Reilly Smith (3 pts last 2 GP)

Dougie Hamilton (3 pts last 2 GP)

Torey Krug (2 pts last 2 GP)

Greg Campbell (0 pts last 15 GP)

Jarome Iginla (0 pts last 4 GP)

Carl Soderberg (2 pts last 7 GP)

*Shawn Thornton was selected 190th overall by the Leafs in 1997. In four years for their AHL affiliate in St. John's (1997-2001), he racked up 1,215 penalty minutes in 276 games but never earned a promotion to the big club.

* Maybe Campbell breaks out of his funk tonight? The B's fourth-line pivot has 7-8-15 totals in his career against the Leafs (32 games).


Phil Kessel (7 pts last 5 GP)

Joffrey Lupul (1 pt last 5 GP)

Jake Gardiner (1 pt last 10 GP)

Dion Phaneuf (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier has spent plenty of his playing days in New England. He was a member of the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs for four seasons before honing his craft with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. 

* Remember when Dave Lewis said the Bruins played one of their "better games of the year" in a 5-0 loss to the Preds on Dec. 30, 2006? Leafs newcomer Jerred Smithson had a goal and an assist that night for Nashville.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* You may or may not recall, but the Leafs and Bruins squared off in what'll go down as one of the most epic meltdowns in NHL history about six months ago. Do you remember that? It was at the Garden? Boston was down by three with ten minutes left and forced overtime? Patrice Bergeron buried the game-winner past James Reimer to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory in Game 7 of their first-round series? No? Who are you and what planet did you just arrive from?

* In all seriousness, players can tell you whatever they want and paint this as any other game, but there's simply no way that the B's comeback isn't at the forefront of everyone playing in this game tonight's thoughts. Sure, no one can get revenge for what happened in Game 7, but the last thing the Leafs want to do is suffer an ugly loss and make it look like they were haunted by what happened in the playoffs.

* It might've been the Bergeron line that ultimately got it done, but David Krejci spearheaded the B's offense throughout the series. He had 13 points in seven games, continuing his strong career track record against Toronto. Look for a big game for No. 46 and his linemates (Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla) tonight.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com