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Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Marchand, Bergeron each looks to extend point streak for Boston; Toronto playing second of back-to-back games

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (5-3-2) at BRUINS (5-1-2)



The Game

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron will each try to extend his point streak to eight games, and goalie Tuukka Rask will play his 500th NHL game when the Boston Bruins face the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Marchand, a forward, has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) during his streak; Bergeron, a center, has eight (two goals, six assists) during his run. Boston has lost its past two games (0-0-2), including 4-3 in overtime to Toronto on Saturday.

Goalie Michael Hutchinson will start for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-1-1 in their past five and playing the second half of a back-to-back. Toronto lost 4-3 in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) during his six-game point streak, which includes five multipoint games.


They said it

"You know, we do lots of good things. The ability to maintain it and do it for 60 [minutes] has been something that we've done game in and game out, and that's what good teams do. You've got to mature and grow up as a group for that to happen. You just have to." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"I put him on [the fourth] line because I think he has certainly some of what [Joakim Nordstrom] brings on that line, which is they're effective because they're hard to play against. Some of them are tenacious, some of them are on pucks, some of them are a bit of both." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Anders Bjork


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Mitchell Marner

Trevor Moore -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Dmytro Timashov -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Martin Marincin -- Justin Holl

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Nic Petan, Kevin Gravel

Injured: John Tavares (broken finger), Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Danton Heinen -- Par Lindholm -- David Backes

Anders Bjork -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Steven Kampfer

Injured: Joakim Nordstrom (upper body), David Krejci (upper body), Karson Kuhlman (lower body), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder), Anton Blidh (shoulder)


Status report

The Maple Leafs did not hold a morning skate. … Bjork was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League and replaces Kuhlman in the lineup. ... Krejci was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.


Stat pack

Matthews is tied with Ted Kennedy for most goals by a Maple Leafs player before his 23rd birthday (119). He will turn 23 on Sept. 17. Matthews is also three assists from 100 in his NHL career. … Pastrnak needs one point for 300 in the NHL.

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