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    Game Day Preview: Maple Leafs at Bruins

    Chris Chirichiello February 2, 2016

    The Boston Bruins have sat at home with a sour taste in their mouth for the past week after getting embarrassed by the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden before the All-Star break.

    Tuesday night, the Black and Gold look to start out the second half of the season on the right foot hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs. The B’s have won all three contests against Toronto this season and will look to make it four in a row.

    Following his brief stint in Providence, David Pastrnak returned to Boston to rejoin his teammates. The B’s also recalled goalie Malcolm Subban on an emergency basis as Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve.

    This is a great time for the B’s to take advantage of two points as Toronto is in last place in the Atlantic Division and have only won just twice in their last 10 contests (2-7-1).

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 26-18-5 (57 points), Maple Leafs 17-22-9 (43 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins’ projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    Ryan Spooner-David Krejci-Loui Eriksson
    Matt Beleskey-Joonas Kemppainen-David Pastrnak
    Jimmy Hayes-Max Talbot-Zac Rinaldo

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Dennis Seidenberg-Colin Miller
    Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Malcolm Subban

    Maple Leafs’ projected lines

    Michael Grabner-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov
    Peter Holland-Tyler Bozak-P.A. Parenteau
    Shawn Matthias-Nick Spaling-Joffrey Lupul
    Richard Clune-Byron Froese-Daniel Winnik

    Matt Hunwick-Morgan Rielly
    Dion Phaneuf-Frank Corrado
    Jake Gardiner-Roman Polak

    James Reimer
    Jonathan Bernier

    Matchup to watch: Brad Marchand vs. Leafs’ defense

    Brad Marchand, Maple Leafs at Bruins

    Brad Marchand is the first Bruin to notch 20 goals this season. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Marchand has been a thorn in the Leafs side in three meetings this season. The left-winger has four of his team high 20 goals against Toronto.

    The “Little Ball of Hate” has great success against Toronto in his career altogether. In 27 games, he has lit the lamp nine times to go along with 12 assists and a plus-15 rating.

    The 27 year-old has been the Black and Gold’s biggest threat this season along with Patrice Bergeron and he should be able to continue his dominance against the lowly Leafs. But, James Reimer is tied for second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage so it may not be as easy as in the past.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins start winning at home?

    Maple Leafs at Bruins

    TD Garden has not been too kind to the Boston Bruins this year as they sit two games below .500 at home this year. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily

    It is no secret that the B’s play their best hockey away from TD Garden in 2015-2016 holding a 15-5-3 record, but the question remains-can the Black and Gold get better at home?

    It is astonishing that Boston owns an 11-13-2 record on Causeway Street. Claude Julien’s team must protect home ice better in the second half of the season if they want to maintain one of the Eastern Conference’s playoff spots.

    Tuesday night, they have a chance to do just that as they look for their fourth straight win over a Maple Leafs team that is struggling to say the least.

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