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THE BIG MATCHUP
RW David Pastrnak vs. RW William Nylander
Similar positionally and a almost contractually, the two off-ice friends will be compared for many years to come after Nylander signed his six-year deal. The latter was over-taxed in Thursday’s return, but Pastrnak and the Bruins will give him just as rough a ride as in last year’s playoffs, where David delivered and Nylander was nullified.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. BOSTON BEAN BETTER
It would be a good night for Bruin scorers to start clicking, even though they’ve been missing key players such as Patrice Bergeron. The 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday represented the ninth time in the past 10 they’ve scored two or fewer goals and much of that has come at the expense of vital matches against teams currently in playoff position.
2. GIVE FREDDY A BREAK
Toronto’s 4-2 win over Boston almost two weeks ago, was the start of four straight games facing 40 or more shots for Toronto’s No. 1 goalie. He had a rest on Thursday to prepare for an opponent whose forwards are always active around his porch. Only two other goalies in franchise history, Allan Bester and Felix Potvin, have been subjected to so many consecutive 40-shot games.
3. RASK AT HAND
After Jaroslav Halak split the first two games of the season series, this would be a good time for Tuukka Rask to reclaim his mastery of the Leafs. With a record of 16-7-2, a .925 save percentage and two playoff series wins over his draft team, any thought of getting Boston out of their heads by the Leafs starts with exorcising Rask.
4. MARNER MANIA
With a six-game assist streak, including three in the last meeting against the Bs, the slippery winger shows why the Leafs aren’t messing with his line now that Nylander’s back. Centre John Tavares is a lethal trigger man, too.
5. DOT … DOT … DOT
The absence of Bergeron truly showed in the last game when Toronto won 33 of 58 faceoffs, 20 of those by Tavares and Par Lindholm. Six Leafs won at least two draws for a 57% overall advantage that night.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies