LGD: Bruins, More Like Booins

You’ll have to tune in and get your fill of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey action tonight, because it’s going to be a long week for you otherwise. After tonight’s game, the U.S. Thanksgiving schedule kicks in and the Leafs won’t play again until Saturday night. On the plus size, that just means that Toronto has a full week of Mike Babcock practices, so I’ll accept nothing less than a finely-tuned puck possession team come next weekend’s date with the Washington Capitals. I predict Ovechkin won’t even get a shot off.

But hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs play Boston tonight, and here’s your primer…

The Leafs

It looks like Mike Babcock will insert Nick Spaling in for Daniel Winnik if Spaling is ready to return from injury this evening, but otherwise this is the same lineup that Toronto rolled a couple days ago. That means no Frank Corrado again. *Single tear*

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The Bruins

This team used to be so good. Like so, so good. They won a Stanley Cup. But wow, this is just a shell of that former team. And nothing makes me happier.

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Starting Goaltenders

It’s James Reimer vs. Tuukka Rask Part II, as both of Saturday night’s netminders will return between the pipes this evening. Reimer has been otherworldly of late and will give Toronto every chance to get back in the win column, but as we know already, Rask has game-stealing ability himself. Take the under.

What to Watch For…

  • An epic Roman Polak montage for his 500th career NHL game.
  • Keep a close eye on Brad Marchand. He’ll probably spear you if you don’t.

What Not to Watch For…

  • Goals, probably.

    • Gary Empey

      Unlike Canucklehead fans, leaf fans would shower the ice with hats. In case you didn’t see it on Saturday night, one of the Sedins scored a hat trick and one solitary hat was thrown on the ice. To make it even more embarrassing it was a Chicago Black Hawk hat.

        • Gary Empey

          Obviously that fan had one too many over priced watered down beers.

          The big discussion out in Canuckleville is how bored the fans are. Years ago a columnist noticed that more and more fans were bringing books to the game to read. Today of course it is twittering here , there and everywhere. Thank goodness for the netting around the arena these days as these so called fans have zero clue as to what is happening on the ice.

          But, but, but, they are there and and and they got a bunch of selfies taken.

      • jimithy

        well he was projected as a big, scoring power forward with soft hands. those don’t come often. that’s what he is minus the power forward part. he’s a big bodied, high scoring, skilled player with soft hands. he has shown his creativity with kessel and now with kadri since he’s been a leaf. he has good passing abilities. he just lacks urgency/the ability to use his big body to his advantage.