BRUINS (10-8-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (7-10-4)
7:30pm (TSN 4)
Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins. The two teams met on Saturday night where Boston took it by a final score of 2-0. Boston comes into this game having won 3 of their last 4 games and are just 2 points out of a playoff spot. Also, the Bruins claimed Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings who will be a great add to a Boston team looking to get there season on track. A team who used to be cup contenders and a powerhouse in the eastern conference went through a small retooling phase during the off season and will look gain their old form back.
As for our Maple Leafs, the start of the season went as expected but recently turned into frustration for some fans (funny how that works). The leafs recent run of fun hockey has most fans frustrated due to the desire of getting that 1st overall pick which comes with great power and responsibility. Cheering for losses doesn’t feel right but it’s been the case for most so far this season. Although seeing the opportunity to draft Chychrun or Matthews fading is disappointing, watching a mediocre roster put up results and exceeding expectations so far isn’t all that bad.
Players To Watch
- Nazem Kadri: Kadri scored just his 2nd goal of the season on Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Could that be what he needs to get more production going? Keep an eye out on him.
- Morgan Rielly: Rielly currently sits tied with Tyler Bozak for the team lead in points and leads all leafs defenseman. Rielly, who I think has been one of the leafs’ best players so far this year, will look to continue his play of solid hockey on both ends of the ice. I feel a big game coming from the young blue liner.
- James Reimer: What else is there to say about Reimer at this point? He is certainly taking advantage of the starters role and has been great while doing so. Look for another solid performance in goal from “Optimus Reim”.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gdiff (5v5) — -4
Gdiff (All) — -9
CF% (5v5) – 48.8
PP% – 20.6
PK% – 80.9
Gdiff (5v5) — +3
Gdiff (All) — +6
CF% (5v5) – 49.9
PP% – 33.9
PK% – 72.5
Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR – Kadri – Komarov.
Mathias – Bozak – Parenteau
Winnik – Holland – Lupul
Grabner – Froese – Boyes
Gardiner – Phaneuf
Hunwick – Rielly
Marincinin – Polak
Beleskey – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchard – Bergeron – Hayes
Spooner – Kemppainen – Connolly
Morrow – Rinaldo – Randell
Chara – Trotman
Seidenberg – Miller
Krug – McQuaid
Today in Leafs History….
Today in Leafs history brought to you by …… @DoctorRobert
- 1933 – Right-winger Paul Knox was born in Toronto, Ontario.
- 1944 – Leafs dress only 11 players for a game in Boston. For obvious reasons, the Bruins crushed the Leafs 5-1.
- 1961 – Conn Smythe steps down as the majority owner of the Leafs and Maple Leaf Gardens. He sold 50,000 shares to a syndicate composed of Harold Ballard, John Basset and his son Stafford.
- 1961 – Red Kelly records his first ever hat-trick as a Leaf in a 5-2 victory over Chicago.
- 1971 – Former Leafs tough guy John Craighead was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He played 5 games for the club during the 1996-1997 season.
- 1982 – Former Leafs winger Colby Armstrong was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
- 1983 – Dale McCourt powers the Leafs to a 6-4 win over the North Stars in Minnesota. McCourt finished the night with one goal and three helpers.
- 2002 – Ed Belfour stops all 25 Philadelphia shots to secure the Leafs a 6-0 victory over the Flyers in Toronto. Robert Reichel and Darcy Tucker led the offense with three points each!