Game #6 Preview - Bruins vs Leafs

For the first time this season the Leafs will wear their white road sweaters as they face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins tonight. The Bruins have started off slowly this season (2-4-0) and will be looking to rebound following their humiliating loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Boston lost the game 4-1, but also lost their composure. Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara and Nathan Horton all received misconducts for their unnecessary aggression, while coach Claude Julien was kicked out of the game for arguing with officials. David Krejci is a gametime decision. Tim Thomas is expected to start in goal. 

The Leafs will be playing the second of back to back games having defeated the Winnipeg Jets last night 4-3 in a shootout. The Leafs were once again led by former Bruin Phil Kessel last night. Kessel is currently leading the league in goals (7) and points (12). Kessel's also leading the league in having people waiting for the wheels to fall off his game. The Leafs shortened their bench last night due to poor play and injuries, hopefully they have enough gas in the tank to compete tonight. Toronto has recalled Nazem Kadri to replace the injured Colby Armstrong, and look for one of Jay Rosehill or Colton Orr to replace Phillipe Dupuis tonight. Jonas Gustavsson will make his first start of the season tonight. 

Lineups (Note: Leafs did not skate this morning so things could change)

Leafs 

Forwards

Lupul - Bozak - Kessel 

Kulemin - Grabovski - Frattin

Kadri - Lombardi - MacArthur

Orr - Steckel - Brown 

Defense 

Gunnarsson - Phaneuf

Liles - Schenn

Gardiner - Komisarek

Goalies 

Jonas Gustavsson 

James Reimer
 

Bruins

Forwards

Marchand - Bergeron - Horton

Lucic - Kelly - Seguin 

Pouillot - Krejci - Peverley

Paille - Campbell - Thornton 

Defense 

Chara - Boychuk 

Seidenberg - Corvo 

Ference - Kampfer

Goalies

Thomas 

Rask

Players to Watch 

Leafs: Nazem Kadri - Being a big fan of this offensive waterbug, I expect him to have a great game tonight. Kadri has fresh legs and should give a boost to the offense and power play. 

Bruins: Tyler Seguin - Can the super sophmore take that step into hockey stardom? He should be ramped up to play his hometown team tonight.

Game Time: 7:00 at the TD Banknorth Garden. TV - TSN. Radio - AM640. 

Comments

George Prax's picture

Important game tonight. Bruins are pretty mad, and you gotta think that the Leafs are inching closer to be due for a loss. Gonna be tense.