Date: Sunday December 8, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm ET
TV Channel: LeafsTV
The Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the
dirtiest team in the NHL Boston Bruins in a rare Sunday night match up at the Air Canada Centre, after both teams managed to notch a victory in their Saturday games. It will be the Bruins first visit Toronto since stunning the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of last season’s playoffs.
After a 5 game winless streak, the Leafs have managed to win their last 2 games in shootouts despite giving up a total of 100 shots between the two games. Over their last 17 games played, the Leafs have managed just 2 wins in regulation. The Bruins have owned the Maple Leafs in the regular season, outscoring them 48-18 while taking 10 of 11 regular-season meetings. The Bruins ware 31-9-5 in the series since 2006-07.
The Leafs will look to take advantage of a short-handed Bruins team, who will be missing Chris Kelly, Loui Eriksson, and Shawn Thornton, following injuries to the first two and borderline criminal activity on the part of the third. Thornton out of the line up means that the Leafs insistence on dressing a face puncher of their own even more useless than usual.
Both teams are on the wrong end of a back-to-back, so this game will likely be sloppy. The Leafs are 3-0 on the season when giving up 50+ shots, and playing against a wounded Bruins team seems like a perfect way to make it 4-0. The Bruins will dominate the possession game, but the Leafs prevail on the back of Jonathan Bernier, 4-3 Leafs.