TORONTO — Greetings from the Air Canada Center, where the Bruins tonight will take on the Maple Leafs, an Original Six club in need of a quick elixir. The distant sons of Harold Ballard have won only eight of 20 this season and are in peril of slipping out of sight in the Eastern Conference.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
Record: Bruins 14-8-2; Leafs 8-12-4.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Projected lineup:Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Mark Recchi-Patrice Bergeron-Blake Wheeler
Tyler Seguin-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand – Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Mark Stuart-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron
Storylines: Second game back for Marc Savard, sidelined all season by Post-Concussion Syndrome until making it back to the lineup Thursday for an 8-1 pasting over the Lightning…Tim Thomas the likely starter again for the Bruins. He will be looking to improve on his 13-2-1 record…Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel likely start evening as a center for the first time this season. Kessel volunteered for the duty at Friday’s practice and centered the likes of Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg…No Bruins players were made available for comment after an optional workout this morning that had only Danny Paille, Jordan Caron, Marco ”The Untraded” Sturm and Tuukka Rask on the ice with assistant coaches Doug Jarvis and Doug Houda. A release issued by the club in the morning stated that Sturm will not available to the media at any point today or tonight. He has officially entered the Cone of Silence….Gord Dwyer and Stephen Walkom are the referees. Walkom, remember, was the recipient of the Colin Campbell emails three years ago when Campbell, the league’s top disciplanarian, identified Savard as ”a little fake artist.” How early in the game will Walkom whistle Savard off for diving?