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Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Preview: The kids are all right

The Bruins are now one of the youngest teams in the NHL, down from seventh oldest. Crazy.

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7PM, TD Garden. TV Broadcast: NESN, RDS-2. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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Records: Bruins 19-8-2 vs. Maple Leafs 16-11-3

Leafs Lines:

James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond - Trevor Smith - David Clarkson
Frazer McLaren - Peter Holland - Jerry D'Amigo
Nikolai Kulemin - Jay McClement - Carter Ashton
Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Cody Franson - Jake Gardiner
Mark Fraser - John-Michael Liles
Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Bruins Lines:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith - Patrice Bergeron - Brad Marchand
Carl Soderberg - Ryan Spooner - Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Daniel Paille
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg - Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson


Wow, a lot happened last night, the least of which is that both teams played games that were a struggle. The Leafs gave up FORTY SEVEN shots on net while only putting 30 shots of their own on Ottawa's net. That's 84 Corsi events to 48, for those of you keepings score at home. EIGHTY FOUR. James Reimer was in net, which means Bernier gets the start today. Unfortunately, on the Bruins' side, a back to back doesn't guarantee a goalie change, as we've seen; Tuukka Rask will likely get the start tonight.

The subtraction of Chris Kelly, Loui Eriksson, and Shawn Thornton, on top of the already-injured Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk, drags the Bruins' average age from 28.1 down to 26.3; they've gone from seventh-oldest to youngest in just a few short games.

And the kids WILL be alright. Ryan Spooner showed flashes of absolute brilliance during his last call-up; and what better situation than being called up along with the linemate he's played with all year in one of the AHL's top scorers, Matt Fraser? Ideally, they'll pair up with Carl Soderberg on their left wing, and Jordan Caron will slot in with Campbell and Paille.

For the Leafs, the return of Joffrey Lupul could happen today; he skated and apparently "looked good" at optional skate this morning. For the Bruins, Johnny Boychuk could also make his return after spraining his lower back; more likely he'll rejoin the action after tonight's game. Unless he's actually Wolverine, which is entirely possible; the doctors did say 3-7 days, and as of the start of the game it will officially have been 72 hours or so.


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