DIVISIONAL BATTLE: Tonight will be the third of four meetings between the Bruins and Maple Leafs this season. Boston has won the first two games, beating Toronto 3-1 on Nov. 9 at TD Garden and 5-2 at Air Canada Centre on Dec. 8. The Bruins are 11-1-1 in their last 13 regular-season games against the Maple Leafs, including 5-1-0 in the last six games.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY: The Bruins return home after a 1-2-0 road trip through Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose. Boston posted a 1-0 win over the Sharks on Saturday. The Bruins are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and have a 10-1-0 record in their last 11 games on home ice. The Maple Leafs ended a season-high four-game losing skid with a 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils Sunday in Toronto. During that skid, opponents outscored the Maple Leafs, 21-7.
MASKED MEN: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will make his fifth consecutive start. Overall, he’s 22-11-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in 36 games this season. He’s one victory shy of setting a new career high with wins in a single season. Rask posted a 22-12-5 record in 45 games while splitting time with Tim Thomas during the 2009-2010 season. Rask is 9-1-0 with a 1.42 GAA in 12 career regular-season games against the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier will start for Toronto. He’s 14-14-4 with a 2.57 GAA and a .926 SP in 33 games this season. He’s played nine of the last 10 games for the Maple Leafs, and has an 0-2-0 record with a 5.69 GAA in two career games against the Bruins.
HAMILTON OUT: Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton will not play tonight due to a mild concussion. It’s likely Boston’s defensive pairings will look like this: Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid, Torey Krug-Kevan Miller.
CLARKSON QUESTIONABLE: Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson is questionable for tonight’s game due to flu-like symptoms, according to Toronto coach Randy Carlyle. Clarkson leads all Toronto players with seven career goals in 25 games against Boston.