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Bruins brace for strong Maple Leafs power play

Saturday, 11.09.2013 / 12:22 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Bruins brace for strong Maple Leafs power play

BOSTON – Based on the statistics, the battle between the fifth-ranked power play of Toronto Maple Leafs could be a mismatch for the 16th-rated penalty kill of the Boston Bruins in their Atlantic Division game Saturday night at TD Garden.

However, take out the Bruins' 3-for-7 showing against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 26, the Bruins' penalty kill would be 36-for-40 (90 percent) this season. So Bruins coach Claude Julien has full confidence in his penalty killers' ability to slow down the first-place Maple Leafs, who are tied atop the division with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Well our PK has been good this year," Julien said after his team's optional morning skate. "The only reason we're down there in our PK is because of that one game against Jersey. Other than that we'd be in the top two or three in the League. ... Other than that it's been good."

The Maple Leafs did not hold a skate after arriving in Boston late Friday after a home shootout win against the Devils. James Reimer is expected to be in goal for the Maple Leafs.

Here are the projected lineups for the Bruins and Maple Leafs:

BRUINS

Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronLoui Eriksson

Carl SoderbergChris KellyReilly Smith

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk

Dennis SeidenbergDougie Hamilton

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron

MAPLE LEAFS

Joffrey LupulJames van RiemsdykPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondNazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Troy BodieJay McClementNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJerred Smithson

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Jake GardinerCody Franson

Mark FraserPaul Ranger

Morgan Rielly

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: John-Michael Liles, Carter Ashton

Injured: Tyler Bozak (hamstring), Dave Bolland (ankle), Colton Orr (undisclosed)

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