4:40 p.m.: The Bruins held an optional pregame skate at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.
Johnny Boychuk, who left practice early on Friday after taking a puck off the skate, was the lone defenseman not on the ice. He’s listed as day-to-day, and he won’t be dressing for this game. Matt Bartkowski, who was recently called up, will see his first NHL action this season in his place.
David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic all stayed off the ice on Saturday morning in order to rest. It’s unclear at this point what the lineups will look like, although Claude Julien indicated that Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch on Thursday, will play.
2 p.m.: In case you haven’t noticed, your usual NESN.com Bruins point man, Mike Cole, won’t be around for Saturday night’s game. That doesn’t mean he isn’t working hard, though. Mike and I pulled a good, old-fashioned switcheroo for Saturday’s games. He’s grappling with our Red Sox coverage, while I’ll be taking my cuts on the Bruins’ side of things.
I highly encourage those interested to check out Mike’s Red Sox live blog. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
8 a.m ET: The Bruins squeaked out a win on Thursday, and thus avoided what had the potential to become a disastrous road trip. Their focus now turns to the Maple Leafs as they try to finish the four-game slate at an even 2-2.
The B’s travel to Air Canada Centre on Saturday to take on the Leafs. It marks the first game of a home-and-home set between the two teams, and Boston will be seek its ninth consecutive victory over Toronto.
Saturday’s game also marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Bruins. The B’s dropped the first two games before bouncing back with a win over the Senators. Dennis Seidenberg netted the game-winner with 1:04 left in that one, and Anton Khudoin played very well in net for the Bruins, who enter Saturday’s game two points behind the Canadiens in the Northeast Division — with one game in hand.
The Bruins’ offense has been shaky of late, particularly on the power play. The B’s only scored four goals in the first three games of the road trip, and they haven’t converted any of their eight power-play chances.
If there’s a team you’d like to face with your offense is struggling, though, it’s the Maple Leafs. Toronto has allowed at least four goals in eight of its last 11 games, and the Bruins have enjoyed plenty of success putting the puck in the net during their eight-game winning streak against the Leafs.
Saturday’s action will kick off at 7 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in on NESN to catch all of the game’s coverage. And hey, while you’re at it, why not stick around the live blog?