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Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

MAPLE LEAFS (20-8-1) at BRUINS (14-10-4)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC , SN, SN1, NESN , NHL.TV

 

The Game

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 HymanJohn Tavares — Mitchell Marner

Patrick Marleau — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen

Andreas JohnssonNazem KadriWilliam Nylander

Tyler EnnisPar LindholmConnor Brown

Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey

Jake GardinerNikita Zaitsev

Travis DermottIgor Ozhiganov

Frederik Andersen

Garret Sparks

Scratched: Justin Holl, Frederik Gauthier, Martin Marincin

Injured: None

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad MarchandDavid Krejci — David Pastrnak

Danton HeinenColby CaveDavid Backes

Gemel SmithSean KuralyChris Wagner

Ryan DonatoJakob Forsbacka KarlssonJoakim Nordstrom

Torey KrugBrandon Carlo

John MooreCharlie McAvoy

Matt GrzelcykSteven Kampfer

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Noel Acciari, Jeremy Lauzon

Injured: Jake DeBrusk (upper body), Zdeno Chara (knee), Patrice Bergeron (ribs), Kevan Miller (throat)

 

Status report

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.

 

Stat pack

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.

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