Game Day: Maple Leafs at Bruins
By Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun
First posted: Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:19 AM EST | Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:26 AM ESTDavid Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins. (MADDIE MEYER/Getty Images) Article
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS at BOSTON BRUINS
Saturday, 7 p.m., TD Garden
TV: CBC; Radio: 590 AM
THE BIG MATCHUP
Frederik Andersen vs. David Pastrnak
The Leafs’ recent run facing Rocket Richard Trophy contenders continues with this red-hot Bruin. Two more against the Avs on Thursday gave Pastrnak a piece of the league league lead with Connor McDavid. Andersen, meanwhile, is the sixth-busiest goalie in the circuit, but his .911 save percentage and a series of one-goal losses has not put him close to the leaders.
FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
Saturday night shuffle
The Leafs are moving a couple of lines around, with Mike Babcock hoping to get more out of William Nylander. Toronto continues to get a lot of shots away (32.8 a night, third in the NHL), not as many as Boston, but they are more accurate.
High Rask takedown
Tuukka Rask will be back in net as Boston is having the same kind of problems with backup Anton Khudobin as Toronto with the departed Jhonas Enroth. Rask always gets up for the team that drafted him and traded him away, with a record of 15-3-2 and a .935 save percentage versus Toronto.
View to a kill
Both teams are top five in NHL penalty killing. Leafs are on a five-game roll of perfection and haven’t allowed two in a game since late October.
Brad Marchand will no doubt be at his infuriating best after Boston lost at home on Thursday, but he also has a four-game assist streak going.
Carlo and Chara
Rookie defenceman Brandon Carlo was averaging almost as much blue line time as warhorse Zdeno Chara. more than 22 minutes. He’ll be a good counterpoint to new Leafs defender Nikita Zaitsev.