Game Preview: Leafs look to tie the series

Photo Credits: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Game two between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins takes place tonight at TD Garden.

The Bruins defeated Toronto 5-1 in game one on Saturday.

Toronto will need to stay out of the penalty box, as the Bruins went 2/4 on Saturday from goals by Jake DeBrusk. 

Auston Matthews will look to get on the scoresheet. Matthews had five shots and three hits in game one. If the Leafs look to win tonight, they will need a lot more from their star player.

It remains uncertain if William Nylander will be in the lineup tonight, as he participated in the morning skate. His absence in game one due to an undisclosed injury added a lot of intrigue as to what could be the reason he has been out. 

Head Coach Sheldon Keefe said this morning, “We’ll see how he feels the rest of the day and make a decision”.

If Nylander isn’t in the lineup, the Leafs will play with the same lineup as Saturday.

The Leafs have made a notable change to their power-play strategy, moving Tyler Bertuzzi onto the first unit alongside John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and Morgan Rielly. This shift in lineup could help them as the club has been struggling on the power play.

The Bruins’ starting goaltender has not been announced yet, but Head Coach Jim Montgomery says his starting goalie tonight has two vowels in his first and last name—except for Jeremy Swayman, who will get the start.

Ilya Samsonov will be Toronto’s starting goalie. He will look to bounce back after allowing four goals on 24 shots. 

The puck drop for the game is at 7:00 p.m. on Sportsnet/CBC.

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