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:
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid
Scratched: Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron
Joffrey Lupul – James van Riemsdyk – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond – Nazem Kadri – David Clarkson
Troy Bodie – Jay McClement – Nikolai Kulemin
Frazer McLaren – Jerred Smithson
Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Mark Fraser – Paul Ranger
Scratched: John-Michael Liles, Carter Ashton
Injured: Tyler Bozak (hamstring), Dave Bolland (ankle), Colton Orr (undisclosed)