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Bruins face tough task extending streak vs. Leafs

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:27 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Bruins face tough task extending streak vs. Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins' seven-game win streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs is amazingly the longest the Boston franchise has had against its Original Six brother from the north.

That Toronto enters Thursday night's game at TD Garden one point behind Boston in the Eastern Conference, and riding a three-game winning streak, tells the Bruins that the Maple Leafs are a different team than the one it has handled easily the past couple seasons.

A glance at the fighting-major leaderboard, which features the Maple Leafs on top, also sends the Bruins a message that they're going to have their hands full.

"They've obviously got a big lineup and guys who can definitely take care of business," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after an unusually aggressive morning skate. "With saying that, regardless of that fact, they've also been playing a good team game and been able to put pucks in the back of the net as well. So I think there's confidence up and down their lineup, from top to bottom, and you can see that in their play of late."

Bruins coach Claude Julien hinted at lineup changes, and those likely will include Jay Pandolfo entering in place of Chris Bourque, who was put on waivers Thursday. Bourque stayed out extra on the ice with usual scratches Lane MacDermid and Aaron Johnson.

Anton Khudobin was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice, which typically means he will start.

Toronto did not hold a morning skate.

Here are the projected lineups for both clubs:

BRUINS

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Jay PandolfoChris KellyRich Peverley

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk

Dennis SeidenbergDougie Hamilton

Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid

MAPLE LEAFS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Jay McClementMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin

Clarke MacArthurNazem KadriLeo Komarov

Frazer McLarenDavid SteckelColton Orr

Dion PhaneufKorbinian Holzer

Carl GunnarssonMichael Kostka

Cody FransonMark Fraser

James Reimer

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Matt Frattin, Joffrey Lupul

Scratched: John-Michael Liles, Mike Komisarek

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff