Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Line combinations, defensive pairings, goalies for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Playoffs


The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs are getting ready to face off in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Bruins won the season series versus the Maple Leafs 3-1 and outscored them 16-10 over the course of the four games.

Ahead of the first game on Thursday night, the Bruins made some important decisions regarding their lineup. The most critical was making long-time NHL player, David Backes, a healthy scratch while letting rookie Karson Kuhlman hold down a spot in the lineup.

Kuhlman's inclusion on the second line ensures that the Bruins will be able to suit up their top unit of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak and play all of them together. Pastrnak had played some on the second line in recent weeks, but he will go back to his role as the right winger on the top unit. And this line is one that the team is "confident" in.

Elsewhere, Tuukka Rask will play in just his second game of the season against the Leafs. He logged a victory and allowed two goals in his lone appearance against them this season.

Here are the projected line combinations, defensive pairings, and goalies for both the Bruins and the Maple Leafs ahead of tonight's Game 1 matchup.



Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Karson Kuhlman

Marcus Johansson - Charlie Coyle - Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom - Noel Acciari - Chris Wagner


Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton


Tuukka Rask



Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner

Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - Kasperi Kapanen

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander

Trevor Moore - Frederik Gauthier - Connor Brown


Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner - Travis Dermott


Frederik Andersen

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