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Game 21: Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 7, 2013 09:52 AM

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Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Maple Leafs tonight. The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in which they gagged up a three-goal lead.

The Bruins will have to address the play of their No. 3 line. They have been neither scoring nor playing stout defense. We’ll have to wait until warmups to determine who will be on the line. For now, we’ll assume Chris Bourque will stay alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Daniel Paille could also get a crack on the line.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Leafs 15-9-0, Bruins 14-3-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Bruins are 0-1-2 in games when they’ve held a lead entering the third-period this season. The Bruins were 62-2-2 in such situations during the previous two seasons… Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in Toronto’s 5-4 win over Ottawa last night… This will mark the first match of a two-game homestand. The Bruins host Philadelphia on Saturday. They will then depart for a two-game road trip against Ottawa and Pittsburgh… Nazem Kadri is on a hot streak. Kadri has scored five goals in the last three games… Tonight will be Daniel Paille’s 400th career game… Stephen Walkom and Gord Dwyer will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

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