With the Maple Leafs-Bruins series set to start tonight (7pm CBC, TSN1050Radio), Leafs TV executive producer Mark Askin provides his five keys to the game:
1. Faceoffs – Boston Bruins best in NHL and Leafs best (Tyler Bozak) may not be able to take any. Constantly starting without the puck is a huge disadvantage especially on special teams.
2. Leafs Physical Play – Can the Leafs get any advantage over a less than normally physical Bruins team.
3. Chara vs. Kessel – It’s the matchup of an elite offensive player vs. the best shutdown defender in the game.
4. Carlyle Matchups – It’s a guarantee. How well will he be able to get what he wants.
5. Scoring chances – Will the Bruins get chances against a team that usually allows them. Boston with second best shots on net per game (32.4) against a Leafs team who have routinely needed Reimer to bail them out of lazy defensive habits.