TORONTO — Hello again from the ACC in Toronto, where the Bruins and Maple Leafs both have wrapped up their morning workouts in preparation of tonight’s 7 p.m. faceoff.
With the injury bug catching up with them, the Bruins will give AHL journeyman Jamie Tardif the opportunity to make his NHL debut. The 28-year-old right winger, who grew up here in Ontario, will roll out on a fourth line with Gregory Campbell at center and Paul MacDermid at left wing.
”He can shoot the puck,” said Boston coach Claude Julien, referring to Tardif’s top asset. Originally a Calgary Flames draft pick, No. 112 in 2003, Tardif signed with the Bruins in the summer of 2011 and this season had 21 goals and 30 points in 29 games witih AHL Providence.
Chris Bourque, bumped out of the lineup Thursday night after going without a point in his first six games in Black-and-Gold, is back on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.
This is the first time this season the Bruins will face the Leafs, with old friend Phil Kessel continuing to struggle to score his first goal of the season (7 games, 0-4-4). He has placed a team-high 33 shots on net but has yet to put one over the line. Look for Kessel to be on the first power-play unit, joined up front by Tyler Bozak and ex-UNH standout James van Riemsdyk.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 5-1-1; Maple Leafs, 4-3-0.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
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
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D).
Injured: Danny Paille (head); Shawn Thornton (concussion).
Storylines: Danny Paille, who took a stick to the head late in Thursday’s loss to the Sabres, did not make the trip from Boston. Doctors preached caution, said Julien, who offered few details about Paille’s injury … Shawn Thornton will miss at least another week after suffering a concussion Thursday when decked by Sabres strongman John Scott in a brief skirmish early in the first period … The Bruins don’t play again until Wednesday in Montreal, allowing them to enjoy one of only two three-day breaks this month … Chris Lee and Ian Walsh will be the referees, while Brad Lazrowich and Mark Shewchyk will call the lines.