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Bruins vs Leafs: back in Boston

The Bruins are back in Boston tonight and will host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins are coming off of their West Coast road trip and a...

The Bruins are back in Boston tonight and will host the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins are coming off of their West Coast road trip and are ready to play a struggling Maple Leafs team.

The biggest storyline for the game tonight is Dougie Hamilton who is out with a concussion. Thankfully for the Bruins, defensemen Johnny Boychuck will be back on the ice tonight after the birth of his twins. Hamilton's injury is just another on a seemingly ever mounting list.

So on to the Leafs. Who is this team the Bruins are facing? Well, they're still the Leafs. Since November 1st the Leafs have only won four games in regulation. Leafs fans don't deserve it but the Leafs just cant seem to pull out a winning season.
  
Keys To The Game:

1) Defense. With another defenseman down, the Bruins defense and goal tending seems to be a constant key to the game. What I'm really looking forward to in this game is seeing more of Kevan Miller. With so many defenseman missing so many games, it seems like Miller is a more defensively sound replacement than Matt Bartkowski. We'll see tonight who plays better.

2) Third Line: The Bruins new third line makes it one of the best in the NHL again. Its a bold statement but the line did score a goal in their first game together. Soderberg and Eriksson are both Swedish countrymen playing on the same line with the speedy and great offensive talent Ryan Spooner. #SpoonFeedTheSwedes

Projected Lines
Lucic-Krejci-Iginla
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Soderberg-Spooner-Eriksson
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Krug
Boychuck-Bartkowski
McQuaid-Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson
 

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