Offense meets defense at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday as the dynamic Boston Bruins (38-7-5) are on the road to take on the suffocating Toronto Maple Leafs (31-12-8).
Boston is wrapping up a five-game road trip coming off a 4-1 loss against the Hurricanes on Sunday, their third consecutive defeat. The Bruins committed five penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal.
Taylor Hall was the only player to find the net for the Bruins. Linus Ullmark had 32 saves in the loss. Toronto is playing their last of five games at home after a 5-1 win over the Capitals on Sunday. Five players found the net for the Maple Leafs.
Michael Bunting scored and provided an assist to share the scoring lead with John Tavares, who had two assists. Ilya Samsonov saved 23 of 24 shots in the win (.958%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 4-3 victory for the Bruins in January. Four players were on the scoresheet for Boston.
Bunting (1G 1A) and Mitchell Marner (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Toronto. Ullmark got the win despite allowing three goals on 21 shots (.857%).
Boston is averaging 3.70 goals per game for the season, third in the NHL. The visitors will face a tough test against a Maple Leafs team that is allowing just 2.65 goals a game (5th).
Meanwhile, Toronto has found the net 3.39 times a game on average, eighth in the league, and the Bruins are holding opponents to a league-best 2.12 goals per game.
The Bruins’ 25.29% power play percentage ranks sixth in the league, while the Maple Leafs are seventh with a conversion rate of 24.69%. Boston has been equally successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s highest PK% at 86.21%. Toronto ranks 15th at 79.87%.
With 71 points this season, fourth-most in the NHL, David Pastrnak is the top skater for the Bruins. He is among the league leaders with 38 goals (2nd) and has added 33 assists.
In the net, Ullmark (25-3-1) is Boston’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 1.86 GAA, best in the league, and a .937% save percentage, also best. William Nylander and Marner lead the Maple Leafs in scoring with 59 points apiece.
Nylander has 28 goals and 31 assists in 51 games, while Marner has 18 goals and 41 assists (9th) in 51 games. Samsonov (16-5-2) has the best goals against average for Toronto at 2.37. He has a save percentage of .916%.
HOME AND AWAY
Boston is seeking to snap a three-game losing skid away from TD Garden this season. Toronto is 20-4-4 at Scotiabank Arena this season.
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