BOSTON — The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs have begun, and Thursday night marks the latest chapter in the postseason history between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
These rivals will play Game 1 of their first-round series at TD Garden, and both teams are pretty healthy to start their postseason run.
The Bruins, in particular, were ravaged by injuries this season, but the roster is close to full strength with defensemen Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy recently returning, and veteran forward Rick Nash returning Thursday from a concussion.
Nash is expected to return to his spot on the second line alongside David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has opted for a more experienced group for Game 1, which means rising rookie star Ryan Donato likely will be a healthy scratch.
Tuukka Rask (Boston) and Frederik Andersen (Toronto) will start between the pipes.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Zach Hyman–Auston Matthews–William Nylander
Patrick Marleau–Nazem Kadri–Mitchell Marner
James van Riemsdyk–Tyler Bozak–Connor Brown
Leo Komarov–Tomas Plekanec–Kasperi Kapanen
Morgan Rielly–Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner–Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott–Roman Polak
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–David Krejci–Rick Nash
Danton Heinen–Noel Acciari–David Backes
Tim Schaller–Sean Kuraly–Tommy Wingels
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk–Adam McQuaid
Thumbnail photo via James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports
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