Back to Boston: Rested Bruins look for revenge tonight vs. Maple Leafs

The NHL schedule is a cruel, unrelenting mistress, for some teams more than others. Tonight, the Leafs head to Boston for another match-up with their biggest rivals, just a mere three days after their first meeting. The Leafs won Saturday night 4-3 in overtime with goals from Rielly (2), Timashov, and Kerfoot. This game, however, comes as the second half of a back-to-back, the Leafs lost in OT to Columbus last night at home. With John Tavares still sidelined due to injury, it’ll be interesting to see how Mike Babcock chooses to respond to Bruce Cassidy’s line-matching, especially after the chess match in the first game of rotating the players on the top two lines as needed.

STARTING GOALIES

TOR: Michael Hutchinson (Unconfirmed but likely)

2GP, 3.97 GAA, .866 SV% 0-1-1 record

BOS: Tuukka Rask (Confirmed)

4GP, 1.71 GAA, .946 SV%, 3-0-1 record, 1SO

LINEUPS

At time of writing, there are no expected changes to the Leafs lineup, captain John Tavares is still sidelined, so expect the following lines:

18 Johnsson – 34 Matthews – 16 Marner

65 Mikheyev – 15 Kerfoot – 88 Nylander

42 Moore – 19 Spezza – 24 Kapanen

41 Timashov – 26 Shore – 33 Gauthier

44 Rielly – 83 Ceci

8 Muzzin – 94 Barrie

52 Marincin – 3 Holl

Scratches and Injuries: John Tavares (91), Zach Hyman (11), Travis Dermott (23), Kevin Gravel (25), Nic Petan (61)

Meanwhile on the other side of the ice, the Bruins are projected to run with the following lines:

63 Marchand – 37 Bergeron – 88 Pastrnak

74 DeBrusk – 13 Coyle – 18 Ritchie

43 Heinen – 26 Lindholm – 42 Backes

10 Bjork – 52 Kuraly – 14 Wagner

33 Chara – 73 McAvoy

47 Krug – 25 Carlo

48 Grzelcyk – 44 Kampfer

Scratches and Injuries: John Moore (27), Kevan Miller (86), David Krejci (46), Joakim Nordstrom (20), Karson Kuhlman (83) Connor Clifton (75)

The Bruins haven’t played since Saturday’s overtime loss, expect them to come out flying to try and take advantage of a tired Leafs group while their as-yet unproven backup goaltender guards between the pipes. Hutchinson needs a win to try and win back the affection of Leafs Nation and the trust of his coach. If ever a game needed to be stolen by goaltending, tonight is the night.

*Lineup information from dailyfaceoff.com

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