The Toronto Maple Leafs have won two staright games, but Saturday they face a Boston Bruins club that won all six contests in the rivalry last season.
Toronto will go with James Reimer in goal, who stopped 20 shots on Thursday to help the Maple Leafs win at home for the first time this season.
Asked if he would use the same lineup from the 3-2 victory against the Washington Capitals 48 hours earlier, Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle simply said, "No."
This could mean that Toronto's recent waiver claim, 6-foot-5, 230-pound left wing Frazer McLaren, might play on the fourth line and if so, he will be counted on to add some toughness to counter the gritty Bruins.
"[The Maple Leafs] know how I play, I'm just a big physical winger [adding] toughness when it's needed," said McLaren, one of the last players off the ice at the morning skate. "I haven't heard for sure if I am going to play tonight but I will come ready and see what the lineup is."
In a less likely scenario, Clarke MacArthur may be ready return to action. He has been out with a lacerated finger but was on the ice Saturday morning.
The Maple Leafs have not beaten the Bruins at home since Dec. 4, 2010.
"We never lose respect for our opponents," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I think that has served well in the past, because every time you do that, you get surprised and you are not prepared the way you should be. We are certainly a team that right now has an opportunity to finish this four-game stretch this week with a 3 -1 record or if not it's going to be a 2-2 record and for us that's not good enough."
For the Bruins, Daniel Paille did not make the trip north of the border. He remains out after taking a high-stick to the face in a 7-4 loss Thursday to the Buffalo Sabres.
"He is doing better, he got the high stick the other day just underneath the shield and he is progressing," Julien said. "He is a day-to-day situation right now, so we left him behind because our doctors wanted him to be cautious."
Jamie Tardif, a 28-year-old with no NHL experience, has been called up to replace Paille. Tardiff has 30 points in 39 games this season with Boston's American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
Dougie Hamilton, who was the ninth pick in the 2011 NHL Draft for the Bruins with one of the first-round picks acquired from the Maple Leafs in 2009 for Phil Kessel, will play Saturday night in front of friends and family. The 19-year-old from Toronto has shown poise on and off the ice this season and has earned him a full-time roster spot.
"I'm starting to get more adjusted now with the systems and the teammates and stuff like that," Hamilton said. "I think it's a much different game than in junior and [I'm] just trying to get used to that and play my best and have fun."
Here are the projected lineups for the game:
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Jay McClement – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
Matt Frattin – Nazem Kadri – Leo Komarov
Frazer McLaren – David Steckel –Colton Orr
Dion Phaneuf – Mike Kostka
Carl Gunnarsson – John-Michael Liles
Mark Fraser - Cody Franson
Injured: Mike Brown, Clarke MacArthur, Joffrey Lupul
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid – Gregory Campbell - Jamie Tardif
Zdeno Chara – Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid
Injured: Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton