MAPLE LEAFS (20-8-1) at BRUINS (14-10-4)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC , SN, SN1, NESN , NHL.TV
The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to extend their point streak to seven games when they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.
The Maple Leafs are 5-0-1 in their past six games and have scored at least four goals scored in each game. Forward Mitchell Marner has 12 assists during the streak.
Boston will try to end its three-game losing streak. The Bruins have been outscored 12-4 the past three games and have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their past 10 games.
Players to watch
Toronto center Auston Matthews has five goals and three assists during a four-game point streak since returning from a left shoulder injury.
Bruins forward David Pastrnak has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games.
They said it
“We’ve got to be better. The entries are important. Boston’s got a good penalty kill so we’ve got to move the puck, put pucks on net and be sharper than we were the other night.” — Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly on the power play, which has gone 0-for-6 in the past two games
“I’d like to see us create a little more and get rewarded for that, obviously I think that’s wearing on a lot of the guys when you’re not scoring.” — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitchell Marner
Patrick Marleau — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson — Nazem Kadri — William Nylander
Tyler Ennis — Par Lindholm — Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner — Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott — Igor Ozhiganov
Scratched: Justin Holl, Frederik Gauthier, Martin Marincin
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand — David Krejci — David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen — Colby Cave — David Backes
Gemel Smith — Sean Kuraly — Chris Wagner
Ryan Donato — Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson — Joakim Nordstrom
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
John Moore — Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk — Steven Kampfer
Scratched: Noel Acciari, Jeremy Lauzon
Injured: Jake DeBrusk (upper body), Zdeno Chara (knee), Patrice Bergeron (ribs), Kevan Miller (throat)
The Maple Leafs held an optional morning skate. Andersen will start for the fifth time in six games; he backed up Sparks in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. … Smith will make his Bruins debut after being claimed on waivers from the Dallas Stars on Thursday. DeBrusk will not play against the Maple Leafs or at the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Wagner will play his 200th NHL game.
Rielly has one assist in each of the past four games. … Krejci needs one point to pass Cam Neely for 10th place on the Bruins’ all-time points list. Each has 590.