TORONTO — Good afternoon from the chilly Air Canada Center, where tonight the Bruins will try for a season-high second win a row when they take on the red-hot Maple Leafs, led by ex-Bruin Phil Kessel, who leads all NHL scorers with 10 goals and 21 points
The Bruins came out of an 0-3-0 tailspin Tuesday with a 5-3 win over the Senators, with Johnny Boychuk and Danny Paille providing the capping goals.
The Leafs, tied with Pittsburgh for the Conference lead, each with 19 points, have won two straight and four of their last five. They slapped a 4-1 loss on the Blues Jackets on Thursday, leaving the 2-10-1 Jackets at the precipice of a coaching-management extreme makeover/resurrection.
The Bruins are back at it Monday night when the Islanders visit Causeway Street.
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 4-7-0; Maple Leafs, 9-3-1.
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
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Benoit Pouliot, Steve Kampfer
Storylines: It’s always about Kessel when these two sides meet. Phil the Thrill was blanked when the Leafs visited Boston Oct. 20 and suffered a 6-2 loss, the Garden crowd serenading him with familiar chants of, ”Thank you, Kess-el.” Kessel scored seven goals in the Leafs’ first five games this season. He enters tonight’s match with figures of 0-3–3 in his last three games and 1-4–5 over his last five games…In recent days, Bruins winger Rich Peverley and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg each took ”maintenance” days off. Both were on the ice for the late-morning workout here and both are expected to suit up this evening…Young Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn hasn’t had much offensive presence (13 games, 0-3–3) this season and his overall game has been in a funk….Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed four games last month with concussion-like symptoms, said after the morning workout that he suspects his lingering related symptoms ”probably will be on and off for a while.”…St. Mike’s, a local high school here that has fed many players to the NHL, has instituted recent policy that does not allow its concussed athletes to return immediately to the classroom. Those with these brain injuries initially remain out of classes, allowing their heads to clear, then ease their way back into academics, adding classroom hours as the days and weeks go by….Boston captain Zdeno Chara, 1-5–6 in 11 games, and Boychuk, 1-2–3 in 11 games, are the only Boston defensemen to score goals this season. The other five backliners have gone a collective 0-12–12 in 41 games….Tonight’s guys in stripes: referees Gord Dwyer (19) and Kevin Pollock (33); linesmen: Greg Devorski (54) and Jean Morin (97).