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.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp