Game Day: Bruins at Maple Leafs
Frederik Andersen #31 of the Toronto Maple Leafs makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at the Amalie Arena on March 16, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
BOSTON BRUINS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Monday, 7:30 p.m., Air Canada Centre
TV: TSN4; Radio: 1050 AM
THE BIG MATCHUP
Brad Marchand vs. Frederik Andersen
The hottest players on both teams, with Marchand battling for the NHL scoring lead and Andersen the backbone of the Leafs achieving points in nine of the past 12 games he has been in. Marchand has found that perfect balance of aggression and scoring that has put the Bruins back in the playoff race. He’s trying to become Boston’s first winner of an Art Ross since Bobby Orr, not counting Joe Thornton’s split season as a Shark.
FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
Stick to the script
The Leafs are in position to sweep the season series against Boston for the first time since the clubs were realigned in the same division in 1998. But the last game was six weeks ago, a hairy 6-5 win at TD Garden that required a William Nylander hat trick and late goal from James van Riemsdyk.
Patrice Bergeron continues to dominate the dots with a league-leading mark of just under 60%. He’s 54% against the Leafs in his career. The Leafs did show some promise on Saturday with a near-70% success rate against Chicago, led by Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri winning 30 of 37.
The Leafs are undefeated at home when taking a lead into the final period (13-0-2).
Toronto didn’t take a penalty on Saturday against the Blackhawks, a good trend because Boston boasts the NHL’s second-best killing squad.
Five Toronto rookies have goals at Boston’s expense this season.