LGP 44: Matthews Back vs. Bruins

Leafs Away Jerseys Photo: Maple Leafs Twitter

Between Pastrnak having an insane season, Ullmark putting up crazy numbers, the return of Krejci, and more, the Bruins are looking like an unstoppable team at this point in the season. They currently sit at the top of the league in standings and 9 points ahead of the Leafs heading into today’s matchup. Tonight is set to be a competitive game as the two top teams in the Atlantic battle it out in Boston.

Leafs Projected Lineup

With Holmberg out, the Leafs will move Kerfoot back to the middle of the ice. Murray didn’t skate this morning, which is normal when he starts. These are the lines that the team will be rolling out tonight, with Murray in goal.

Bruins Projected Lineup


Marchand – Bergeron – Smith

Zacha – Krejci – Pastrnak

Hall – Coyle – Frederic

Foligno – Nosek – Greer


Grzelcyk – McAvoy

Lindholm – Carlo

Forbort – Clifton




Three Things to Look Out For


After sitting two games due to an ailment and sickness, Matthews is back to play against the Bruins tonight. There’s a lot of speculation that his injury is a rib injury due to clear discomfort after a Jamie Benn cross-check. Still, regardless, Keefe and Matthews aren’t getting specific about the injury. Matthews will look to add some offense to a team that only registered one goal last game. It will be great to see Nylander back with Matthews as they look to take another win from the Bruins.


Simmonds is getting an opportunity given to him on a silver platter as both McMann and Holmberg will have to be out of the lineup due to an illness going around the dressing room. Tonight is another opportunity for Simmonds to make a difference in the lineup. I’m hoping Simmonds can contribute offensively tonight and finally net his first goal of the season. Simmonds is already getting his third game in the lineup in January after only two games in December.


Timmins was the victim of a fully healthy lineup and found himself as the odd man out, even with solid play. Fortunately for him, though, he has found himself back in the lineup as Brodie suffered a rib injury. Timmins finds himself playing with Morgan Rielly and likely will get a decent amount of playing time tonight. It’s up to him to boost his stock so that next time the Leafs are fully healthy on the backend, he isn’t the one sitting.

The Leafs take on the Bruins at 7:00 PM EST tonight on Sportsnet.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to follow me on Twitter @nathan_bondy.

Appreciation in Leafs Nation – RD2 GAME 5 Leafs Late Night

WELCOME BACK TO LEAFS LATE NIGHT! Presented by Inside The RinkRoscoe / Fanalyst / Galaxy Biehn / Marty From Keswick- We Didn't Want Florida- Rielly Robbed- Roscoe vs. Fanalyst: What Was The Deciding Factor?- Does The Regular Season Matter?- Leafs Nation Stays *mostly* PositiveMERCH IS AVAILABLE!JOIN OUR DISCORD!Remember to follow us on Twitter @LeafsLateNight & IG @LeafsLateNightCheck out Mike, Josh, and Nathan's articles on the Leafs + many more! insidetherink.com
  1. Appreciation in Leafs Nation – RD2 GAME 5
  2. WonderWoll – RD2 GAME 4
  3. Frustration in Leafs Nation – RD2 GAME 3
  4. Goalied or Blew It? RD2 GAME 1+2
  5. Is This Really Happening? RD1 GAME 6

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2023 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Andrew Strathmann

The Scouting Report: Andrew Strathmann from Beach Park, Illinois, born on February 27th, 2005, is a prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL entry draft in Nashville. While he isn’t the biggest defenseman on the ice, he has the most heart, listed at 5’11” and 190 pounds, Andrew Strathmann has used his size effectively for his […]

Read More

Stars Should Re-Sign Max Domi

The Dallas Stars’ magical playoff run ended on May 29th. The Stars ran out of gas and came out flat against the Vegas Golden Knights in a win-or-go-home Game 6 in front of a home crowd at the American Airlines Center. But the Stars’ offseason is just getting started. Let’s start with the Stars center […]

Read More

2023 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Martin Misiak

The Scouting Report: Martin Misiak from Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, born on September 30th, 2004, is an NHL draft-eligible prospect for the 2023 NHL entry draft in Nashville. The big Slovakian center came to the USA after spending 29 games with HC Nove Zamky in the Slovakia league. The Youngstown Phantoms certainly felt Misiak’s presence as […]

Read More