Boston at Toronto
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
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.OVERTIME
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
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