Preview: Boston at Toronto

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Matchup Edge
BOS Edge in: TOR
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

A shaky start to the season took a turn for the worse for the Boston Bruins, who will be without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a torn ligament in his left knee. Chara was hurt in Thursday's home loss to the New York Islanders, but the team tried to put a positive spin on the news in advance of Saturday's game at the Toronto Maple Leafs. "It's obviously a blow," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "But I'd rather have it four to six weeks than four to six months."

The Maple Leafs are seeking a return to normalcy after Wednesday's scheduled game at Ottawa was postponed when shooting broke out at the National War Memorial and Parliament, resulting in the death of a guard. Toronto, in conjunction with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, will honor the victims as well as those who stopped the attacker in a coordinated pregame ceremony. "There's time throughout the year and we'll make up the game," Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said. "Hopefully be able to do something special on that night to honor some of the heroes." 

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), CBC (Toronto)

ABOUT THE BRUINS (4-5-0): While Boston was understandably relieved that Chara's injury wasn't season-ending, the team must find a way to push forward without the towering 6-9 defenseman, who has missed only 20 games since joining the Bruins in 2006 and has led the club in ice time every season. "He's an irreplaceable player," Boston forward Chris Kelly said of the 2009 Norris Trophy winner. "So obviously him not being out there, everyone notices, us and them." With fellow blue-liner Kevan Miller sidelined with a shoulder injury, Boston promoted  Zach Trotman and Joseph Morrow from Providence of the American Hockey League.

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (3-3-1): Toronto managed a combined one goal while getting swept by Detroit in a back-to-back last weekend, but it broke out of the scoring funk with a four-goal second period in a 5-2 win at the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Phil Kessel, who ignited the attack with a pair of goals and an assist for his third multiple-point performance of the season, has scored only three goals in 26 career games against Boston, which traded him to the Maple Leafs prior to the 2009-10 season. Jonathan Bernier was torched for nine goals in his first two starts this season, but he has surrendered three in his last two outings.


1. The teams split four meetings last season, with Toronto winning the last two by 4-3 scores.

2. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is 9-2-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average versus the Maple Leafs.

3. Bernier has surrendered 16 goals in four career starts against Boston.

PREDICTION: Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Boston 4-5-0-0 L1 2-3-0-0 2-2-0-0 0-1-0-0 4-4-0-0 2-2-0-0
Toronto 3-3-1-0 W1 1-3-0-0 2-0-1-0 0-0-0-0 3-3-1-0 ---

Last Meeting

Boston Toronto
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/3/14 BOS 3 TOR 4 38 27 0-2 31 35 1-3

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
BOS P. Bergeron 2
TOR C. Franson 2
Goals Player  
BOS P. Bergeron 1
TOR T. Bozak 1
Assists Player  
BOS M. Bartkowski 1
TOR C. Franson 2
Saves Player  
BOS C. Johnson 27
TOR J. Bernier 25
Total Points Player  
BOS C. Kelly 7
TOR P. Kessel 8
Goals Player  
BOS Z. Chara 2
TOR P. Kessel 4
Assists Player  
BOS C. Kelly 5
TOR L. Komarov 5
Saves Player  
BOS T. Rask 125
TOR J. Bernier 140

Quickchart Matchup

Boston Off vs  Toronto Def
2.33 GF
3 GA
30.7 Shots
34 Shots
5 PP
4 PK
Toronto Off vs  Boston Def
2.86 GF
2.56 GA
30 Shots
27.2 Shots
5 PP
7 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 104 -115
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -115 -105
Sportsbook -115 -105
5.5 100 -110
5.5 -105 -115
Top Bet -105 -115
BetDSI -115 -105
Belmont -115 -105
5.5 -115
Vegas Odds
Westgate 100 -110
Mirage -110 -110
Station -105 -115
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Toronto
4-5-0-0 W/L 3-3-1-0
2-7 ATS 3-4
2-6 O/U 4-3
2.33 Goals For 2.86
2.56 Goals Agnst 3.00
Boston A/H Toronto
2-2-0-0 W/L 1-3-0-0
1-3 ATS 0-4
1-2 O/U 2-2
2.75 Goals For 2.25
2.50 Goals Agnst 3.75