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Auston Matthews to make regular-season home debut

Maple Leafs rookie had four goals in first game; Bruins without center Patrice Bergeron

by David Alter / Correspondent

BRUINS (1-0-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (0-0-1)

Auston Matthews will make his regular-season home debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they host the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

Matthews set a modern-day (1943-44) NHL record scoring four goals in his first game, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. He has played four games at Air Canada Centre, three with Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and one during the preseason, and he said he expects the crowd to be excited with the Maple Leafs honoring their centennial season.

"I think it's going to be awesome. I think it's going to be a great crowd," Matthews said. "A lot of history, 100th year, so I think it's going to be a great crowd. They're going to be really into it. It's going to be an exciting game."

The Bruins took notice of Matthews' performance Wednesday, but will focus on the rest of the Maple Leafs as well.

"He's got skill, size," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We're not at the point where we're saying we're shadowing a guy like that, but you certainly have to know that he's on the ice and where he is on the ice because he's certainly got that knack to get himself open."

Video: TOR@OTT: Matthews bursts onto scene with four goals

Toronto-area native Mitchell Marner, 19, also will be making his home debut.

"Just watching them, seeing them come out onto the ice, just kind of wanting to be a part of that one day," Marner said. "Now it's come. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be fun with everyone chanting."

Boston, coming off a season-opening 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, will be without center Patrice Bergeron for the second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

"Day-to-day, he's not here," Julien said.

Forward Brad Marchand will play at Air Canada Centre for the first time since helping Team Canada win the World Cup. Marchand scored the series-clinching shorthanded goal in Game 2 of the final.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Marchand shows off moves for second goal

"Just affirmation of just how good he was," said Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, who was the coach of Team Canada. "I mean, he got 37 goals last year, I think. That's not by accident; you have to earn those. [Bergeron] is a real smart player but obviously [Marchand] brings a lot to the table too."


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Milan Michalek -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Peter Holland -- Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly -- Martin Marincin

Jake Gardiner -- Connor Carrick

Matt Hunwick -- Nikita Zaitsev

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Entroth

Scratched: Seth Griffith, Frank Corrado, Roman Polak

Injured: None

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- David Backes -- David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Matt Beleskey -- Austin Czarnik -- Jimmy Hayes

Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash -- Noel Acciari  

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Rob O'Gara

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Tim Schaller

Injured: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Patrice Bergeron (lower body), Kevan Miller (hand) 

Status report

Each team is expected to dress the same lineup from their season-opening game.

Who's hot

Marchand had five points (two goals, three assists) against the Blue Jackets. ... Pasternak had four points (two goals, two assists) and was a plus-6. ... Nylander had two assists against the Senators.

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