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The Bruins are in Toronto, where they will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. This is the B's first trip to YYZ this season, but the two teams have faced each other twice already in Boston with the Bruins outscoring the Leafs 12-4 in those two contests. Both teams were in action last night with the Bruins falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Blackhawks in Chicago and the Maple Leafs losing 5-2 to the Sabres in Buffalo.

Know Your Enemy

Toronto Maple Leafs (12-16-7; 5th in Northeast, 14th in Eastern Conference)

Head Coach: Ron Wilson (2nd season behind Toronto's Bench; 46-51-20 with TOR, 564-477-101-66 Lifetime)

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Leading Scorer:


Niklas Hagman

#9 / Left Wing / Toronto Maple Leafs

6-0

205

Dec 05, 1979



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Niklas Hagman 15 9 24 -2 19

 

Tonight's Probable Starting Goaltenders

Both teams played last night, so neither team is holding a morning skate today. If I had to guess I would say that both teams will sit the goalies that got the start last night (Tim Thomas and Vesa Toskala).


Tuukka Rask

#40 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

6-3

169

Mar 10, 1987



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tuukka Rask 14 823 9 2 27 1.97 399 372 .932 1


Jonas Gustavsson

#50 / Goalie / Toronto Maple Leafs

6-3

192

Oct 24, 1984



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonas Gustavsson 17 848 6 5 44 3.11 446 402 .901 0

 

Injury Report:


Boston Bruins Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dennis Wideman undisclosed 12/19/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Milan Lucic ankle 11/26/2009
Mark Stuart sternum 12/15/2009


Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mike Van Ryn knee 09/30/2009
John Mitchell knee 11/24/2009
Carl Gunnarsson elbow 12/01/2009

 

Projected Lines and D-Pairs:

Boston

Marco Sturm
Marc Savard
Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille
Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Byron Bitz
Steve Begin
Vladimir Sobotka
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara Derek Morris
Andy Wozniewski Andrew Ference
Matt Hunwick Johnny Boychuk

 

Toronto

Alexei Ponikarovsky Matt Stajan
Phil Kessel
Jason Blake Mikhail Grabovski
Niklas Hagman
Nikolai Kulemin
Wayne Primeau
Lee Stempniak
Christian Hanson
Jamal Mayers
Tim Brent
Tomas Kaberle Mike Komisarek
Francois Beauchemin Jeff Finger
Ian White
Luke Schenn

 

Notes:

- Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get his first start since undergoing heart surgery just 2 weeks ago.

- Leafs Broadcaster Joe Bowen talks about the food in the media room at the ACC, Phil Kessel's game, and the Leafs recent goaltending woes:

- The Leafs started the year losing their first 8 games (0-7-1) and didn't record their first win until October 26th when they beat Anaheim 6-3. Toronto has started to turn things around a bit lately, winning 6 of their last 10.

- This will be the third time the B's and Leafs have played this year. I think we can stop with the "Kessel-Mania" Roman numeral B.S.

- It's almost that time of year when the mercury starts to dip and so does Phil Kessel's production. Don't say I didn't warn you Leafs fans.

- If you are heading to the game in Toronto, be sure to stock up on some masking tape to alter that black & gold #81 jersey you have collecting dust in the closet like this gentleman.

- Game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NESN, NHL Network, and Hockey Night in Canada. Public Skate open thread starts right here at 6:30.

- For more on the Leafs, check out Pension Plan Puppets

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Leafs Fan YouTube Video

Haha, even though the Leafs are horrible they have Phil Kessel throwing shots on net to look forward to. Kesel can score 45 goals this year, but the Leafs still won't make the playoffs. Thanks for the draft picks.