The Maple Leafs take on the Boston Bruins tonight at Air Canada Centre. Here’s are the Leafs three keys
Roll the Lines
The last time the Leafs hosted the Bruins was also the last time the team dressed seven defenceman. That experiment has since died. The Bruins have a well balanced attack that can only be countered with a steady rotation of lines. The Leafs balanced attack has been its biggest asset over the last couple of games. The secondary scoring will need to continue.
Get to the net
The Bruins are riding a five-game winning streak. In those games, Boston has limited their opponents to under 30 shots on goal. Meanwhile the Leafs have managed to register at least 30 shots on goal against their opponent in four straight games. The last time Toronto managed to do that was back in the 2013 playoffs, when they managed to do it in games 2-5 against Boston. A solid forecheck is necessary for a Leafs win. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is 10-2-0 all-time against the Leafs with a 1.59 GAA and .945 save percentage. The Leafs will need as much traffic in front of him as they can produce.
Draw First Blood
The Maple Leafs have been notorious for their slow starts as of late. They have given up 18 first period goals, the second most in the league. The Leafs have also given up the first goal in their last four games. Meanwhile, they are a perfect 5-0-0 when they score the first goal of the game.
Patrice Bergeron has 45 points in 49 career games against the Maple Leafs. In the last meeting between these two teams, Bergeron notched his 500th career point. He rises to the occasion against Toronto and will be a focal point for the Leafs defence.
No Chara, No Problem
Since losing Zdeno Chara to a knee injury, the Bruins have posted a 5-1 record, which includes a 4-1 victory over Toronto earlier in the season. The Bruins depth is tough to match. A complete effort from the Leafs is an absolute necessity