The Boston Bruins look to rebound as they take the ice tonight against the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.
Do you remember as a kid, watching wrestling when all of the storylines would finally culminate into one big melting pot of greatness known as WrestleMania? If so, then tonight’s game is your hockey edition of WrestleMania, or as many here in Boston like to call it, “KesselMania”.
Kessel vs Seguin, Kessel vs Thomas, Kessel vs Chara, well, how about the Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Boston Bruins! Last season these two teams met six times in what proved to be a spark of life back into this Original Six rivalry as the Bruins took the season series going 4-1-1.
Tonight the two teams will meet for the first time this season, the Maple Leafs sit near the top of the conference and are off to a hot start. Expect a big physical game with flashes of offense from the likes of Phil Kessel and Nathan Horton.
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron – Patrice Bergeron – Blake Wheeler
Mark Recchi – Tyler Seguin – Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Andrew Ference
Mark Stuart – Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Hunwick – Adam McQuaid
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nikolai Kulemin – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Luca Caputi
Kris Versteeg – Tim Brent – Mike Brown
Colton Orr – John Mitchell – Fredrik Sjostrom
Tomas Kaberle – Luke Schenn
Francois Beauchemin – Dion Phaneuf
Brett Lebda – Mike Komisarek
Who To Watch For:
Phil Kessel – First off, that’s right I didn’t choose a Bruin for who to watch for today (gasp!). With a string unimpressive (and embarrassing) performances vs his former club last season (0-1-1 and a minus-5 in) Kessel is certainly looking to stick it to the B’s tonight.
Bruins Game Notes:
- Once again Nathan Horton shows up on my preview, scoring in all six games he’s played in as a Bruin (5-4-9) Horton looks to extend his scoring streak to a career record seven straight games tonight at TD Garden.
- Tim Thomas faces off against one of his favorite foes this evening, with incredible success through his career vs the Leafs (14-4-3 with a 2.98 GAA and a .909 save percentage) expect Thomas to have another great performance tonight.
- Young defenseman Adam McQuaid will make his season debut tonight against the Maple Leafs, filling the shoes of upstart D-Man Johnny Boychuk.
The Puck Drops at 7:00PMEST on NESN(TV) and 98.5 The Sports Hub(Radio)
Bruins Video Of The Day:
2010-2011 Boston Bruins Garden HDX Opening Video
(Thanks to wooingscotsman on Youtube for the video!)
About the Author: Brendan began filming, editing and producing the "TuukkaTime Bruins Game Recaps" on Youtube during the 2009-2010 NHL Season and has continued to do so since joining HockeyIndepedent as the Bruins Blogger. He has a strong passion for hockey jersey collecting (obsession) and is an excessive quoter of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia". Feel free to contact Brendan at any time via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=534752905) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org