BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will look to halt their losing streak at three Saturday night when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to TD Garden.
The already injury-depleted Bruins will be down another man against the Leafs, as Jake DeBrusk will be sidelined for at least the next two games. Head coach Bruce Cassidy revealed Saturday the young forward is “not feeling great physically,” but made it clear that it’s not an illness.
Boston also will feature a new face for the tilt between Atlantic Division rivals, as Gemel Smith is set to make his Bruins debut. The 24-year-old was claimed off waivers by the B’s on Thursday.
As for the battle between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak is expected to get the nod for the Black and Gold opposite Frederik Andersen.
BOSTON BRUINS (14-10-4)
Brad Marchand–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen–Colby Cave–David Backes
Ryan Donato–Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson–Joakim Nordstrom
Gemel Smith–Sean Kuraly–Chris Wagner
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
John Moore–Steven Kampfer
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (20-8-1)
Zach Hyman — John Tavares — Mitchell Marner
Patrick Marleau — Auston Matthews — Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson–Nazem Kadri–William Nylander
Tyler Ennis–Par Lindholm–Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly–Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner–Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott–Igor Ozhiganov