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Tardif, Bourque in for Bruins


Tardif, Bourque in for Bruins

TORONTO The Bruins lineup looks a little different than it did on Thursday night due to injuries sustained against the Sabres, but the Black and Gold are still looking for better results against a Leafs team theyve dominated recently. Tuukka Rask is looking to bounce back from his worst statistical game of the season when he allowed six goals on 31 shots, and the Bruins defense is looking to get back to their shutdown ways. Jamie Tardif will be making his NHL debut with the Bruins, and Chris Bourque is returning to the Boston lineup after getting scratched against Buffalo.

The Leafs will also be debuting 6-foot-5 defenseman Frazer McLaren after they picked him on waivers from the San Jose organization, a player that Milan Lucic admitted was the only one put him on his back during a junior hockey fight. That should be something interesting to watch.

Here are the lines according to the pregame warm-up:




Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?


Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.