The Toronto Maple Leafs must win Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday night against the Boston Bruins or they’ll be going on summer vacation.
The B’s hold a 3-1 series lead and will punch their ticket to Round 2 with another win at TD Garden.
Bruins first-line center Patrice Bergeron was a surprising scratch from Game 4 because of an upper body injury, but it sounds like he’ll play in Game 5. If Bergeron does return, it’s possible Tommy Wingels goes back to the press box as a healthy scratch.
Nazem Kadri is returning from a three-game suspension. The 27-year-old is the Leafs’ second-line center and scored 32 goals during the regular season, so getting him back certainly is a huge boost to Toronto’s offense.
Tuukka Rask (Boston) and Frederik Andersen (Toronto) will start in net.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams.
BOSTON BRUINS (3-1)
Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk–David Krejci–Rick Nash
Danton Heinen–Riley Nash–David Backes
Tim Schaller–Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara–Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk–Kevan Miller
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-3)
Zach Hyman–Auston Matthews–Connor Brown
Patrick Marleau–Nazem Kadri–Mitchell Marner
James van Riemsdyk–Tyler Bozak–Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson–Tomas Plekanec–William Nylander
Morgan Rielly–Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner–Nikita Zaitsev
Tyler Dermott–Roman Polak