Toronto Maple Leafs (10-10-5, 28th in NHL) vs. Boston Bruins (15-11-2, 13th in NHL)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena: TD Garden
Watch: CBC

Game Day Notes

–  A big matchup challenge on the road for the Leafs tonight in the form of the Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak trio that is one of the most productive possession lines in the entire NHL. Their 65% Corsi For is the best of any line with more than 100 even strength minutes played together according to While Bergeron is off to a slow start offensively with eight points in 25 games, both Pastrnak and Marchand are in the top 25 in NHL points scoring, and Pastrnak leads the entire NHL in goals with 18 (tied with Sidney Crosby). Mike Babcock will look to line up the Nazem Kadri line (which will include William Nylander on the right wing) against the Bergeron line whenever possible, but it will need to be a group effort without last change.

– The Bruins enter the game with the best possession numbers (54.4% CF), the best shot differential in the league (33.1 shots for per game, 27.3 shots against), and sit sixth in the league in goals against (2.32/game). Goaltender Tuukka Rask is currently third behind Carey Price and Devan Dubnyk in save percentage among goalies with 15 or more games played (.933).

– Boston has struggled to score at the other end of the rink, however, with a 2.36 goals per game (25th in the NHL), as well as a bottom-five powerplay that is clicking at just 14.1%. If the Leafs can get out to a fast start, the Bruins have won just one game when trailing after the first period in seven attempts.

– Defenceman Martin Marincin is expected to re-enter the lineup for the Leafs. He’ll play the right side next to Jake Gardiner, as he did against Vancouver with good results (one assist, 73% CF). Mike Babcock confirmed that Marincin would’ve played in Wednesday’s game versus Minnesota if he wasn’t for an illness.

– The Leafs won the first meeting of the season series in the second game of the season — a 4-1 victory at the ACC that featured Frederik Andersen’s first win as a Maple Leaf and Mitch Marner’s first career NHL goal.

– Lastly, best of luck to Toronto FC in their quest for an MLS Cup championship tonight at BMO Field.

Matchup Stats

Statistics courtesy of

Record %0.50.571
Home Winning %0.6670.5
Away Winning %0.3460.571
Shootout Winning %00.667
Goal Differential Per Game-0.120.04
Shot Differential Per Game0.685.89
Hits Per Game25.621.3
PIM Per Game11.19.5
Opponent PIM Per Game12.49.1
Goals Per Game2.962.36
Even Strength Goals Per Game2.361.86
Power Play Goals Per Game0.560.43
Shots Per Game32.833.1
Shots Per Goal11.114.1
Team Shooting %0.090.071
Power Play %0.1890.141
Goals Against Per Game3.082.32
ES Goals Against Per Game2.561.75
PP Goals Against Per Game0.440.43
Shots Against Per Game32.0827.25
Shots Against Per Goal10.4211.74
Opp. Team Shooting %0.0960.085
Penalty Kill %0.8550.87
Save %0.9040.915
Goals Against Average3.042.3
Opponent Save %0.910.929
Opponent Goals Against Average2.922.33
Opponent Shutouts22

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines


Leo Komarov  – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander
van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman – Auston Matthews – Connor Brown
Matt Martin – Ben Smith – Nikita Soshnikov


Morgan Rielly – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Martin Marincin
Matt Hunwick – Roman Polak

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado


Starter: Frederik Andersen (Confirmed)
Backup: Antoine Bibeau

Boston Bruins Projected Lines


Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen – David Krejci – David Backes
Ryan Spooner – Riley Nash – Austin Czarnik
Tim Schaller – Dominic Moore – Noel Acciari


Zdeno Chara – Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Kevan Miller – Colin Miller


Starter: Tuukka Rask (Confirmed)
Backup: Anton Khoudobin

Morning Skate: Mike Babcock