Pregame notes: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs 3/25/13

In the second half of the home-at-home between Boston and Toronto, the Bruins will be looking to avenge their rare loss to the division rival Maple Leafs. The B’s fell to Toronto by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night after allowing a season-low 13 shots on goal. Anton Khudobin wasn’t looking his sharpest as he gave up the 3 goals on those 13 shots. Going into the match-up, the Bruins had a 20-5-5 record against Toronto dating back to 2007. To put it simply, the B’s just don’t lose to Toronto very often. But let’s look at it this way, the last time the Bruins lost to the Leafs (March 31, 2011 – a 4-3 shootout loss) the B’s went on to win the Stanley Cup. Maybe it’s a sign?

In practice yesterday Claude Julien thought it was time to shake things up. He had wingers playing on their off-hand for the start of the practice and mixed up the lines more than he’s had in quite some time. Julien has made it apparent that he’s frustrated with the way the team is playing right now. When asked about why he made these changes he simply said, “Because I can. Because I’m the coach.”

These changes would put a red-hot Daniel Paille on the second line alongside Bergeron and Seguin; Paille is arguably having one of the better seasons of his career. Paille has scored 3 goals this month, a month that has proved to be quite the struggle for this team. Paille has tallied 5 points in the month of March and is a +1. First-line winger Milan Lucic on the other hand hasn’t tallied a goal since February 24th and is a -5 this month. But let’s not throw Lucic under the bus here, he’s not the only one that needs to bring his game to another level. That being said, Julien demoted Lucic to the third line in practice alongside Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron. This might just be the spark he needs.

Projected lines:

Marchand – Krejci – Horton

Paille – Bergeron – Seguin

Lucic – Peverley – Caron

Pandolfo – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Johnson

Seidenberg – Hamilton

Ference – Bartkowski

Rask

 

*The defense is become more and more depleted by the game, but let’s not forget that we still have one of the stronger defenses in the league with Rask between the pipes.


Final thoughts:
Let’s get back on track tonight boys, okay?

 

 

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