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Boston looking to snap four-game losing streak in visit to division rivals

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

TORONTO - The Bruins will be aiming to get back to their winning ways on Friday night when they visit Atlantic Division rival Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. Boston has dropped four straight games and is coming off a shootout loss to Florida, during which it surrendered a four-goal third-period lead.

"The details, it always comes back to that," Patrice Bergeron said of what needs to improve. "Playing the right way and having layers defensively. When you do play forward, North-South, that's when you have the most success. That's when things open up…keeping it simple and taking care of details is what we should go back to.

Krug Still Out

Jake DeBrusk, David Backes, Brett Ritchie, and Torey Krug will all remain out of the lineup on Friday night. Cassidy did not have a significant update on Krug, other than to say the blue liner (upper-body injury) is out for the weekend and "hopefully he's better next week."

"I think it's about everyone stepping up and taking it upon ourselves to do a little more," said Bergeron. "It's not about one guy. It's never been. This is a team sport. We're a team that relies on depth and guys that can step in in any situation and make the most of it."

With Krug out, Matt Grzelcyk has taken his place alongside Brandon Carlo on Boston's second defense pairing and on the team's top power-play unit.

"Just excited to get back out there, especially a game like this, a lot of emotion, just go out there and try to do my job," said Grzelcyk. "I just try to make it as simple as I can out there. Playing more minutes with some different line mates, trying to get used to them…just trying to go out there and make it seamless."

Video: Frederic & The Bruins Get Set to Take on the Leafs

Frederic Gets Call

After an injury to Zach Senyshyn that will keep him out for at least four weeks, Trent Frederic was recalled from Providence on Thursday and will be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs. A natural centerman, the 21-year-old will shift to the left wing alongside Par Lindholm and Danton Heinen on Boston's third line.

"He's just gonna add a bigger body to the lineup," said Cassidy. "Hopefully he gets in on the forecheck, it frees him up on the wing to get on top of people, get to the net for that line. From what I've been told, offensively he's hit a lot of posts, hasn't had a lot of puck luck.

"But we don't expect him to come up and be a leading scorer for us by any means. Hopefully he gets some opportunities, round out his game a little bit, get back to who he is - hard, physical, that type of player."

Opposing View

The Maple Leafs enter Friday's matchup out of the playoff structure, sitting in the third spot in the Eastern Conference Wild Card standings. Toronto (9-7-4) has dropped two straight games.

Auston Matthews paces the Maple Leafs in scoring with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 20 games. Toronto is currently without its second-leading scorer, Mitch Marner (4-14-18), who is sidelined for several weeks with an ankle injury. The Leafs will also be without winger Alex Kerfoot, out indefinitely after surgery to repair dental fractures.

Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen is 9-3-3 with a 2.72 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

Friday's Projected Lineup

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Anders Bjork - David Krejci - Charlie Coyle

Trent Frederic - Par Lindholm - Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom - Sean Kuraly - Chris Wagner

 

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo

Urho Vaakanainen - Connor Clifton

 

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

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