April 14th, 2018 by

Game Day Preview: Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 2

Game Day Preview: Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 2

Even with the 5-1 final, the Bruins and Maple Leafs delivered with early acts of drama in Game 1. So what will Game 2 have in store?

For starters, the Bruins will be without Tommy Wingels after leaving in the third period Thursday night following Nazem Kadri’s game-misconduct. The Leafs will be without their talented, but enigmatic winger for the next three games, while Wingels is a game-time decision for Game 2.

Leafs coach Mike Babcock is forced to shuffle his lineup without Kadri. Bruce Cassidy will have to do the same with Wingels as Ryan Donato will make his playoff debut. The rookie will skate on the third line with David Backes and Noel Acciari, while Danton Heinen moves to Wingels’ spot on the fourth line with Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly.

The aftermath of Kadri’s three-game ban is just one of the storylines entering Game 2 of this first round clash between two Original Six franchises.

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Gametime: 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub
Series: Bruins lead 1-0
Location: TD Garden

Bruins projected lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Rick Nash
Ryan Donato-Noel Acciari-David Backes
Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Danton Heinen

Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Maple Leafs projected lines

Leo Komarov-Auston Matthews-William Nylander
Zach Hyman-Patrick Marleau-Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Connor Brown
Andreas Johansson-Tomas Plekanec-Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Reilly-Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott-Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen
Curtis McElhinney

Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 2 storylines


– While Kadri’s edgy persona got the worst of him, Brad Marchand was able to keep his emotions in check in Game 1. Not only did the three-time 30-goal scorer net a goal and an assist, but he also stayed composed as the Leafs kept trying to get under his skin. Oh, and there was that kiss, or lick, or whatever you want to call it in his exchange with Leo Komarov — again — who is slated for first line minutes in Game 2 with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Yep, it’s safe to say that Komarov and Marchand will exchange a few pleasantries again in Game 2.

– Even with Donato returning, the former Harvard star may have a reduced role in Game 2. Not only would he be getting bottom-six minutes, but he may not see some power play time as well thanks to the Bruins’ 3-for-5 showing in Game 1. The opportunities may be few and far between for Donato compared to the regular season, but the Bruins can use his crafty playmaking and versatility when needed.

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