After an ugly and dissapointing loss the Bruins have a shot to bounce back against their North East Division foes. The Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have lost their glory and are a big reason the Bruins will be great for years to come.
In September of 2009 the Bruins traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first round and second round pick in 2010 and a first in 2011. The Bruins drafted current young NHL star Tyler Seguin and the up and coming Dougie Hamilton. Seguin and Hamilton have a combined 8 goals and 19 assists. Last season Seguin had 29 goals and 38 assists in an outstanding season that ended in a sad note when the Bruins lost to the Capitals (who the Bruins lost a lead to Tuesday night).
(Thank you Kessel)
So far this season the Maple leafs are 15-9-0 and are only 1 point behind the Bruins but the Leafs have played 4 more games. The Leafs capatilized on a trade with Philly for James Van Riemsdyk who has 13 goals and 6 assists and great play from rookie Nazem Kadri who has 10 goals and 14 assists.
1) Play a FULL Sixty Minutes. The Bruins have lost their past two games by blowing a lead. The worst was vs the Capitals. The Bruins blew a three goal lead. They got three goals in the first and then blew it. If the Bruins get goals early against the Leafs they can't blow the lead later in the game.
2) Bye Bye Bourque. Chris Bourque was waived to the AHL today. It was the right thing to do. Now Chiarelli needs to add something to that third line. The play of Kelly and Peverly has been relativly poor and trading for someone like Iginla or Morrow would turn the line around. Versus the Leafs eithe Pialle or Pandolfo will play on the third line. But perhaps Jordan Caron will be recalled and rightfully take his spot.
(Pialle might not be the best scorer but he is tough)