Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/2/13
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins were horrible defensively on Thursday night on Buffalo, and they’ll get their first chance to rectify that on Saturday night against another division rival. The B’s look to put the 7-4 loss to the Sabres behind them when they travel north to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. Claude Julien was disgusted with the way his team played defensively in the loss to Buffalo, and you have to imagine the B’s will come out with a much better effort on Saturday night. They’re going to be shorthanded in doing so, though. Shawn Thornton is out for 7-10 days after suffering a concussion as a result of his first-period fight with John Scott on Thursday. Another usual member of the fourth line, Daniel Paille, will also be out with an upper-body injury. That means even more line juggling for Julien who had put Paille on the third line in favor of Chris Bourque, who was a healthy scratch Thursday. The Bruins have called on Jamie Tardif from Providence for the Saturday night tilt, and it also means that Lane MacDermid will see action again after being recalled for what was expected to be a physical matchup with the Sabres. As it was for Buffalo on Thursday, this one will be important for a Toronto team looking to really build some momentum. They enter the first matchup of the season between the two Original Six rivals with a 4-3-0 record, having won two in a row. The Leafs are also looking to exact some revenge after the Bruins had their way with Toronto last season. Boston won all six meetings between the two teams, outscoring them 36-10. Puck drop for the Hockey Night in Canada matchup at the Air Canada Centre is slated for 7 p.m.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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