Game Preview: Leafs begin the week in a crucial matchup vs. Boston

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (35-17-8) get set for a vital matchup tonight against the Boston Bruins (35-13-14).

Toronto has had a successful home stand, beating the New York Rangers Saturday night 4-3 in a shootout.

William Nylander made history Saturday, becoming the first Maple Leaf to record three separate 10-game point steaks in a single season. It’s the fourth 10-game point streak of his career. Nylander tied Mitch Marner for the second-most double-digit streak in Maple Leafs history. Darryl Sittler is first with six.

Ilya Lyubushkin will be in the lineup tonight. Lybushkin left the game on Saturday after taking a hit from New York Ranger forward Matt Rempe. Sheldon Keefe said that Lyubushkin passed all his tests yesterday and this morning.

This game will be significant for both teams. With a win tonight, Toronto can be four points behind the Bruins in the standings. The Leafs have two games in hand.

Toronto and Boston have met twice this season. The Bruins have won both meetings. The teams will meet again for the final time this season on Thursday.

The Bruins have cooled off as of late, being 3–2-5 in their last 10 games.

David Pastrnak loves playing against the Maple Leafs. In 26 games played, he has 18 goals and 14 assists. Pastrnak leads the Bruins in points with 87. He has 38 goals and 49 assists.

Jeremy Swayman is the expected starter for the Bruins. He is 19-6-8 this season with a 2.53 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

Joseph Woll will get the start in net for the Maple Leafs.

The start time for tonight’s game is at 7:00 p.m. on Sportsnet.

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