NHL Playoffs: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins | Game 6 Preview

Toronto, ON – The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins face off tonight in game six of their best-of-seven series, as the Leafs look to fight off elimination once again. The Leafs and Bruins’ last game was a battle of the goaltenders, with Joseph Woll and Jeremy Swayman both playing quite well, being the major reasons the game reached overtime. Ultimately, thanks to Tavares driving to the net and Knies finishing a rebound, the Leafs won game five and brought the series back home. The Leafs have struggled on home ice but will need to win on home ice tonight if they want a chance at going further in the playoffs. The Bruins will look to play with urgency, as they try to prevent this year from being a repeat of last year’s postseason.

  • TV: Sportsnet
  • Radio: Sportsnet Fan 590
  • Time: 8:00 PM ET

Leafs to Keep an Eye on:

  • Mitch Marner has received a lot of criticism this season and playoffs as well, but the winger still has obvious offensive skills. Marner will look to prove haters wrong tonight and be a factor offensively, while also playing well defensively. The Leafs’ first line looked solid last game and dominated play, and to have a chance at a game seven, they will need to be solid tonight, and Marner will need to be a difference maker.
  • Morgan Rielly has had a less impressive playoff performance than last year with only one assist in five games. Last season Rielly had four goals and eight assists in 11 games, which was over one point-per-game. Ultimately this series has been lower scoring, but playoff Rielly makes a major difference, and the Leafs will hope to see that tonight. Rielly is more known for his offensive skill than his defensive skill, so in order to be effective he needs to be producing, whether at even-strength or on the man-advantage.
  • William Nylander will be playing in his third game of the playoffs tonight and has yet to hit the scoresheet. Nylander has been effective in previous playoffs and will look to help contribute offensively as the Leafs have had trouble finding the back of the net. Nylander will look to continue pushing through and play a complete game and not give up on pucks, as the Leafs will need to be responsible to beat the Bruins.

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