Game #77: Boston Bruins (52-18-6) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (37-32-8)
Location: Air Canada Center, Toronto
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN+/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will conclude their four game road trip on Thursday night north of the boarder against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This game will mark the fourth and final between these two Atlantic Division rivals this year. The Bruins have beaten the Leafs in two out of three of the previous meetings.
In their most recent contest on Jan. 14, Toronto emerged victorious. They’ll look to make it two wins in a row over Boston.
Since dropping eight straight games amid the most critical stretch of the seson, the Maple Leafs have won a pair of games in a row. They most recently outlasted the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
Toronto trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by one point for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Two points against the Bruins would propel them back into the race despite playing some forgettable hockey.
Boston fell to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. It was the Bruins first regulation loss in 16 games. Their nine game road unbeaten streak was also snapped. Patrice Bergeron‘s seven game goal scoring streak came to end.
Jarome Iginla is expected back in the lineup after stitting out against the Red Wings. Boston was calling it a minor injury, but we know very well he was getting some rest. Dougie Hamilton will certainly be in the lineup. He’ll aim to keep a seven game point streak alive.
Carl Soderberg could be a potential scratch. His wife is expecting a child.
Leafs forward Phil Kessel is battling through a foot ailment. He will play.