Rask vs. Bernier with Chara, Boychuk as shutdown D

Rask vs. Bernier with Chara, Boychuk as shutdown D
January 14, 2014, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON – The Maple Leafs allow an NHL-high 36.4 shots per game and rank a distant 22nd in the league while allowing three goals per game. While the Bruins themselves are a defense in flux while they search for the answers without Dennis Seidenberg, they seemed to find some things they liked team-wise in shutting down the San Jose Sharks last weekend.

But offense shouldn’t be an issue for them against a porous Maple Leafs defense, and Tuukka Rask has always been strong against the team that drafted him in the first round before dealing him to the Black and Gold. Rask is 9-1-0 in 12 career games against the Leafs with a 1.46 goals against average and .951 save percentage, a set of numbers that should serve him well as he gets moving on a hot streak.

He’ll be countered by Jonathan Bernier, who has wrestled control of the starting job between the pipes in Toronto. Both Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner were on the ice for pregame warm-ups after missing the morning skate at TD Garden on Tuesday. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on the pregame skate:

 

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith

Soderberg-Spooner-Eriksson

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

 

Chara-Boychuk

Bartkowski-Miller

Krug-McQuaid

 

Rask