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Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs preview: Everyone wants a Bruins win

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Much like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's a tank falling to earth.
Much like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's a tank falling to earth.
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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 7:00 PM, The Gahden.

TV Broadcast: NESN, NBCSN, TVA, SN360

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub and probably whatever Pravda is in Canada

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Series RecordBruins 1-1-1 vs. Maple Leafs

Season Record: 40-25-13, 93 points (2nd Wildcard, 4th in FlorthEast), 29-43-6, 64 points (4th-last in league)

Bruins lines, from dailyfaceoff.com:

Brad Marchand
Patrice Bergeron
David Krejci
Milan Lucic
Ryan Spooner
Brett Connolly
Loui Eriksson
 Carl Soderberg
Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly
Gregory Campbell
David Pastrnak

Yep, Pastrnak was skating on the Cement Shoes Line this morning. However,

And Defensive Pairings:

Zdeno Chara
Zach Trotman
Torey Krug
Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski
Adam McQuaid

And for the jerks across the ice:

James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak
Phil Kessel
Joakim Lindstrom
Nazem Kadri
Richard Panik
Leo Komarov
Trevor Smith
Joffrey Lupul
David Booth
Zach Sill
Casey Bailey
Eric Brewer
Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner
Morgan Rielly
Tim Erixon
T.J. Brennan

Bruins Injuries: Marc Savard, Dougie Hamilton, Kevan Miller

Toronto Injuries: Nathan Horton, Roman Polak, Stephane Robidas, Peter Holland

Game Notes

The Toronto Maple Leafs need this loss to stay ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes in the loser standings. It's unlikely they'll catch Edmonton (5 points ahead, er, behind) but if the Leafs stay losing they can finish in 4th and guarantee a top-5 pick. And that's how people have been characterizing the upcoming draft, mostly: 2 franchise centers and 3 more very good players behind that. Then, a normal draft.

As for the Bruins, a win tonight would go quite a ways towards securing a playoff spot. I'm writing the preview and I can't shut up about the chart I made so here it is again, with a new face on it. Yep, that's right. Pittsburgh has been passed by Washington for the 3rd place in the PatrickPlus division:

Place Team GP W L OTL PTS ROW Pot Max Pit Det Bos Ott Flo
WC1 Pittsburgh Penguins 77 42 24 11 95 38 10 105 -- 8 6 5 0
FE3 Detroit Red Wings 77 40 24 13 93 37 10 103 12 -- 8 7 2
WC2 Boston Bruins 78 40 25 13 93 37 8 101 12 10 -- 7 2
Out Ottawa Senators 77 39 26 12 90 33 10 100 15 13 11 -- 5
Out Florida Panthers 78 36 27 15 87 28 8 95 18 16 14 13 --

(Pot = potential future points, Max =  Maximum possible points. Columns to the right of Max contain "magic numbers" for team on left to finish ahead of team on top.)

Never Forget:

We've all seen the game 7 collapse quite a few times. In deference to our friends up north, I will instead give us something from this year, when Gregory Campbell was left all alone in front of the net and scored a short-handed goal:

Advanced Stats

Enjoy the game!