Preview and GDT: Bruins at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., LeafsTV)

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Choose to remember the good times.

The Leafs look to build on a two-game winning streak against a familiar adversary tonight at the ACC.

The Bruins enter the game after an emotional, controversial win over the Pittsburgh in which Shawn Thornton pretty much committed assault on Brooks Orpik.

Loui Eriksson won’t play due to the after effects of a perfectly clean hit he sustained from Brooks Orpik which led to the aforementioned altercation. The Bruins are also without Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid, and Johnny Boychuk.

Randy Carlyle probably won’t change much coming off a shootout win last night in Ottawa, although an infusion of fresh legs, be it Paul Ranger in for Mark Fraser (eh, Randy? eh?), could help in the back to back situation.

Last time the Leafs faced off with the Bruins on November 9, Boston dominated the first period, which included the infamous 2+ minute shift in Leaf end with Fraser, Ranger and a stickless Nik Kulemin on the ice. The Bruins were controlling pace of play (i.e. slowing it down and playing their game) with good puck management and an effective chip game. Their forecheck was forcing turnover after turnover, and the Leafs could not break up the Bruin cycle.

The Leafs surprised us with a great second period; an 18-shot effort that stemmed from a similar territorial dominance to what the Bruins imposed on the Leafs in the first period. Once the Leafs were able to string some passes together coming out of their zone, they were able to establish a forecheck, cycle and outskate the Bruins, which is the Leafs’ biggest advantage in this matchup.

A double minor high sticking call against JvR sunk the Leafs in the early third period. The Leafs could not reply on either of their third period powerplays.

The Cody Franson and Jake Gardiner pairing drove possession well in that game, and seem to know how to diffuse the Bruin forecheck effectively. Fraser, not surprisingly, struggled to get his feet moving and move the puck safely under pressure.

There is some talk Joffrey Lupul could play for the Leafs, as he was seen testing himself rigorously in the optional game day practice. Lupul scored the Leafs’ lone goal in the 3-1 loss last month.

Jonathan Bernier starts in net.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
  • BPsotka

    Pleeeaaassseeeee let it be Ranger for Fraser.

  • Jmessih

    A win tonight would be huge!!

  • wiski

    BPsotka Fraser and waivers almost rimes 😉

  • Leafs rule

    we got JVR ,kadri and Kessel ,we will win ,its all we need ,Baaaaaaston U suc

  • wiski

    What did the blanket say as it fell off the bed? Oh sheet.

  • Jmessih

    This is embarrassing, a Canadian city that has had it’s own team for over 20 years cannot recognize its new and best player. These dummies admitted they knew him, and one of them is wearings “Sens” shirt you would think he is a big fan…plastic fans.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahbdzYgT8Go

  • Jmessih

    Shift_Disturber1 HOCKEY IS THE TOUGHEST SPORT IN THE WORLD!!

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1 Yikes

  • Leafs rule

    In pretendingthatBoston isa pig lol 
    Mary had a little
    pig,
    She kept it fat and plastered;
    And when the price of pork went
    up,
    She shot the little bastard.

    ********************
    Mary had a
    little lamb.
    Her father shot it dead.
    Now it goes to school with
    her,
    Between two chunks of bread.

  • Jmessih

    Shift_Disturber1 Could explain why he is so concerned, I will add it does look fake…

  • wiski

    Jmessih Shift_Disturber1 that’s a tough league, I went to a game once and there was three fights before the first puck drop. lol

  • lieffan

    wiski BPsotka

    rimes
    …..

    rimes.

  • theacs1966

    BPsotka Wait!  I nodded off.  What happened?

  • wiski

    @lieffan wiski BPsotka lief 😉

  • lieffan

    wiski BPsotka It’s my last name! I have an excuse.

  • Leafs rule

    Less then 2 hrs to go until gametime,Fu Baaaaaston

  • wiski

    @lieffan wiski BPsotka spell check fucked up not me

  • http://www.gregcaughill.com/ DarthBurke

    Go Leafs Go…. three in a row…

  • LeamingtonLeafer

    @lieffan Leafs rule Wow nice asshole, How about you let people post. The guy is a Huge leafs fan!

  • Optimustic

    Ho Ho Ho, Go Leafs Go —  From a song someone here posted recently.

  • LeamingtonLeafer

    TheCanucksnaphook LeamingtonLeafer Leafs rule lieffan decided to be an asshole to Leafsrule then either deleted his post or the mods did without apologizing

  • Leafs rule

    Dunno maybe he like spigs and didnt like the joke ,sorry if it offended anyone ,just killing time until the game

  • theacs1966

    LeamingtonLeafer Leafs rule If it was what I saw, he deserved to get the boot.  I have no patience for people that make fun of or light of people with learning disabilities.  I have a 52 yr older Brother who has never spoken in his life.  Go ahead, say something to my face, but you’ll be saying it from the floor.

  • Leafs rule

    re shift Thanks ,fells better now and we will win tonight ,Go Leafs GO

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook I’ll be in Brantford over Xmas.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe Haha. It’s quite the shithole, but family is from there.

  • theacs1966

    Kelly Gurber is starting for Was.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe That area spawned Gretzky and taught him poor stick etiquette.

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook theacs1966 It was, umps blew it.

  • theacs1966

    That should read, http://www2.dailyfaceoff.com/players/news/2458/philipp-grubauer/

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook Alec Brownscombe But Walter is a beauty.

  • Leafs rule

    re spawned Gretzky and taught him poor stick etiquette. >>> roffmao .good one Alec

  • BringBackYushki

    i dont get it

  • theacs1966

    Do we know the starter.  Have to lock in my bets in 30 minutes.

  • TheJFish

    theacs1966 Bernier

  • wendelsfist

    Shift_Disturber1 Obviously Kadri never talked to anyone in the Corsi crowd

  • theacs1966

    TheJFish theacs1966 That’s my guess too, and it would make sense, but do you know this?

  • BringBackYushki

    oh thanks

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bruffins NOPE.

  • theacs1966

    Bruffins Just make one of your own.  Then you’ll know.

  • wendelsfist

    Shift_Disturber1 What’s funny is what he implied is the leaf players don’t have anything to do the with corsi crowd.

  • theacs1966

    Bruffins You can get away with a lot on here.  So it has to be pretty bad.

  • theacs1966

    Bruffins It said, ” Bruffins, you ouglay”.  Thats not nice so it was scrubbed.

  • Doorman

    Hey Yushki:  You still on the Air???

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman 10/4 Bear!!!  lol

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook Billy Cundiff with a picture perfect 55 yard field goal….from 59 yards. No good, https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Patriots&src=hash defeat the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Browns&src=hash.

  • Cameron19

    Jmessih That is embarrassing.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Long term injuries down the middle, suspensions, and an influx of new players have messed with the chemestry so far.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Thought she was married to Dustin ?

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy It is and Tiger just fucked up of the tee on 18