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Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Toronto without Matthews for third straight game; Rask starts for Boston in second of home-and-home set

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (11-7-0) at BRUINS (6-5-4)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, CITY, NESN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try for a home-and-home sweep of the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday, but they'll be without center Auston Matthews, who will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury.

The Maple Leafs will look to extend their winning streak to four games after defeating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

The Bruins have lost their past two games (0-1-1) and are 1-2-1 in their past four.

 

Players to watch

Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk had two goals and led the Maple Leafs with seven shots on goal Friday. He has three goals in his past three games.

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug extended his point streak to six games with an assist Friday. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) during the streak.

 

They said it

"I think getting back to the things we know how to do and do well, play within our structure and system and try to dictate how we want to play. Obviously, the games have been tight-checking and not much room out there, but those are the games you have to get really comfortable in if you want to play a long time in the spring. -- Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk on Toronto's three-game winning streak

"We have to continue to tighten up, work on our game. We are playing well, we are right there, so that's a plus. But we need to win games. We can't be giving away points like this. -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand after the loss Friday

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Zach Hyman -- Patrick Marleau -- Connor Brown

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Josh Leivo

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Connor Carrick

Curtis McElhinney

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Frederik Gauthier, Roman Polak

Injured: Auston Matthews (upper body)

 

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- Jordan Szwarz -- Anders Bjork

Matt Beleskey -- Sean Kuraly -- Jake DeBrusk

Tim Schaller -- Riley Nash -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Paul Postma -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Frank Vatrano, Rob O'Gara

Injured: Adam McQuaid (leg), Ryan Spooner (groin), David Krejci (upper body), David Backes (diverticulitis)

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. ... Matthews did not travel to Boston. Toronto coach Mike Babcock confirmed after the game Friday that McElhinney would start for the first time in five games. Martin will play his 100th game with the Maple Leafs. ... Rask, who backed up Anton Khudobin on Friday, will start for the seventh time in eight games.

 

Stat pack

The Maple Leafs have defeated the Bruins five straight times. Boston's last win against Toronto was 3-1 at Air Canada Centre on March 26, 2016. The Bruins haven't defeated the Maple Leafs in Boston since a 3-2 win on Jan. 16, 2016.

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