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Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7: Projected lines, pairings for first-round finale

Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7: Projected lines, pairings for first-round finale

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs fittingly will end their first-round 2019 Stanley Cup playoff series with a Game 7 matchup Tuesday night at TD Garden.

It's the second consecutive season and third time this decade that the B's and Leafs will end a thrilling first-round series with a Game 7.

The Bruins won't make any chances from their Game 6 lineup, head coach Bruce Cassidy said Tuesday morning. This means forwards David Backes and Chris Wagner will be healthy scratches.

Here is Cassidy's reasoning for not changing the lineup after Sunday's 4-2 win in Toronto.

Leafs center Zach Hyman, who has taken a lot of physical punishment this series, was not at the Leafs' morning skate. The Leafs have not officially ruled him out, so we'll have to wait until closer to puck drop for more on Hyman's status.

Here are the projected  lineups for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS
Brad Marchand--Patrice Bergeron--Danton Heinen
Jake DeBrusk--David Krejci--David Pastrnak
Marcus Johansson--Charlie Coyle--Karson Kuhlman
Joakim Nordstrom--Sean Kuraly--Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara--Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug--Brandon Carlo
John Moore--Matt Grzelcyk

Tuukka Rask

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Nic Petan--John Tavares--Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson--Auston Matthews--Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau--William Nylander--Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis--Zach Hyman--Trevor Moore

Morgan Rielly--Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin--Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner--Travis Dermott

Frederik Andersen

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Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

Bruins' Jake DeBrusk 'more aware of what to expect' as RFA after watching McAvoy, Carlo

BRIGHTON, Mass. — Jake DeBrusk will be one of 10 potential free agents for the Bruins when this upcoming hockey season comes to a close, and further complicating things, the 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent. DeBrusk is coming off a career-high 27 goals scored during the regular season and a fairly disappointing postseason when he managed just four goals and 11 points in 24 playoff games.

Of course, the hindsight breakdown of DeBrusk’s postseason also includes that he may have been playing through a bit of a fog after absorbing a Nazem Kadri cross-check to the face in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Still, after averaging 21 goals and 42 points in his first two NHL seasons, DeBrusk will be looking at a substantial raise next summer provided he can put together another season with those kinds of numbers. So the Bruins left winger was watching things fairly closely with Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy this summer knowing that it will be his turn a year from now when he’s a part of another talented restricted free agent class.

“Obviously that’s going to be my situation [as an RFA]. Hopefully not [as a holdout], but maybe, possibly next year just looking around the league you see different things with guys dragging it out,” said DeBrusk, who will be joined by Brett Ritchie and Matt Grzelcyk as next summer’s restricted free agents for the Bruins. “It’s one of those where you ask questions on the business side of it. Things change and different stuff happens with talks, but at the same time I mostly just try to stay out of it. I try to stay dialed in to get ready for training camp and the season. I guess when that time comes, though, I’ll be more aware of what to expect.”

Certainly guys like Carlo and McAvoy will be more than happy to pass on whatever pearls of wisdom they derived from their RFA situations with the Bruins this summer.

“I’d say just to remain calm and don’t be shocked by different things with the back and forth, and how long [the entire] process might take. For me I didn’t expect it to be that long. I was excited when the season was over to sign back real fast, but it took a little bit more time than anticipated,” said Carlo. “You just try to be as patient as you can, but it’s really hard to be patient in that scenario with your first larger deal off your entry level. [At the end of the day] you’ve done everything you can do up to that point, so just stay calm [in negotiations].”

One would expect that DeBrusk saw a couple of guys from his draft class, Brock Boeser (3 years, $17.625 million) and Travis Konecny (six years, $33 million), both top $5 million per season on second contracts they signed less than a week ago, and knows that kind of payday awaits him as well. Boeser is in a bit of a different class given his upside and production, but DeBrusk and Konecny are pretty comparable players provided DeBrusk surpasses 20 goals and 40 points this season.

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Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

Highlights of the Bruins' 3-2 preseason loss to the Blackhawks

FINAL SCORE: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

IN BRIEF: Swedish free-agent signee Par Lindholm scored his first goal with the Bruins but Patrick Kane's goal in overtime gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 preseason victory over the B's in Chicago. Ryan Fitzgerald scored the other Bruins goal. BOX SCORE 

BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 1-0-2

HIGHLIGHTS:

PATRICK KANE'S OT WINNER:

SWEDISH CONNECTION: OSKAR STEEN TO PAR LINDHOLM IN 3RD:

BRANDON SAAD BEATS MAXIME LEGACE FOR CHICAGO LEAD:

B'S RYAN FITZGERALD TIES IT AT 1 ON A PENALTY SHOT:

DYLAN STROME ON THE POWER PLAY GETS HAWKS ON BOARD:


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Vs. Flyers, Monday, 7 p.m., NESN Plus

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