MAPLE LEAFS at BRUINS
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Game Day Report: Stanley Cup Playoff Edition – Game 1
Practice and the warm ups are over. Now it’s time for the real hockey to begin.
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Having one of the most talented skill set, promising futures and lineup in decades, there should be more hype and less concern. My take, this team will surprise. Maybe not tonight but this series. Prediction: Leafs win in 6. Split Home and Home then win the next two. To avoid losing a lead in Game 7, you win in Game 6.So why will the Leafs prevail this series?
Our players have a lot to prove; pride, redemption, drive, dreams…..
Tavares- Dreamed his whole life to be a Leaf in the playoffs and picking the cup over his head. In the back of his mind he is thinking, “so you are telling me there is a chance?” Damn right.. that is why he signed here. Rielly, Marner (and Tavares), Kapanen, Hyman, Johnsson all career years. They will step it up with confidence and play to the best of their abilities. Matthews, Nylander, Gardiner and Andersen: ATONEMENT. Last year playoff performance (and this year’s issues all can be forgotten if..) Expect vets such as Hainsey and Marleau to leave nothing back (maybe last chance in career). Dermott will show is next level. Kadri can be one major FACTOR.. positive or negative is up to him. Brown can find his scoring and be one of the best defensive players on the ice.
Matchups: Expect our third line to exploit their third line. Will our fourth line (Moore, Goat/Ennis)? Special teams- Watch out for shorties to be a factor. Leafs PP needs to connect.
The X factor: Leafs have 7 players (adding Tavares and Muzzin) from the Toronto region. Living your childhood dream. 14 Canadians on 23 man roster. Find that Canadian heart and pride and sacrifice.. Want to win; prepared to sacrifice/leave all on the ice/ know what sacrifice means and do so more than players on the opposition.
Go Leafs Go
- Maple Leafs Projected Lineup
Zach Hyman – John Tavares – Mitchell Marner
Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander
Trevor Moore – Frederik Gauthier – Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Travis Dermott
Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Nic Petan, Martin Marincin, Calle Rosen, Michael Hutchinson, Joseph Woll
- Bruins Projected Lineup
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk – David Krejci – Karson Kuhlman
Marcus Johansson – Charlie Coyle – Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom – Noel Acciari – Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara – Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug – Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk – Connor Clifton
Scratched: David Backes, Steven Kampfer
Injured: Kevan Miller (lower body), John Moore (upper body), Sean Kuraly (fractured hand)