The first-round series starts Wednesday night in Boston, where the Bruins have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Maple Leafs, and both teams stumbled heading into the playoffs. The Bruins lost seven of their last nine and the Maple Leafs four of five.
Both are also likely to get key scorers back from upper-body injuries — Nathan Horton for Boston and Tyler Bozak for Toronto. Horton missed five games and Bozak sat out two.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Boston before the series shifts to Toronto for games next Monday and Wednesday nights.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday