Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Maple Leafs Lines, Pairings

The series shifts to Toronto.

After splitting the opening two games of their first-round series at TD Garden in Boston, the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs head to Scotiabank Arena with a pivotal Game 3 in store Monday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

A wild Game 2 has left both sides needing to make adjustments to their lineups, with the Maple Leafs moving forward without center Nazem Kadri, who is in New York on Monday for an in-person meeting with the NHL Department of Player Safety after a cross-check to the head of Jake DeBrusk.

DeBrusk, who was banged up in each of the first two games of the series, remains in the lineup, while Torey Krug, who also left Game 2 early after a massive hit from Jake Muzzin, will stay in the lineup as well. Connor Clifton is unable to go, however, and with John Moore still unable to return, that means Steven Kampfer will shift into the lineup. He will hop on the third defensive pairing alongside Matt Grzelcyk.

David Backes remains in Bruce Cassidy’s lineup, skating the third line as Marcus Johansson remains sidelined with an illness. Backes will line up opposite Danton Heinen, with Charlie Coyle between them.

William Nylander is expected to center Toronto’s third line with Connor Brown filling the 22-year-old’s old spot on the flank opposite Patrick Marleau. Tyler Ennis will hop in on the fourth line in Brown’s old spot.

Tuukka Rask gets the nod for Boston in goal, while the Leafs will counter with Frederik Andersen.

Here are the projected lines and defense pairings for both teams:

Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci — Karson Kuhlman
Danton Heinen — Charlie Coyle — David Backes
Joakim Nordstrom — Noel Acciari — Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk — Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau — William Nylander — Connor Brown
Trevor Moore — Frederik Gauthier –Tyler Ennis

Morgan Rielly — Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin — Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner — Travis Dermott

Frederik Andersen

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

Source: NESN

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