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Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7 lineup: Projected lines, matchups, goaltenders

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Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7 lineup: Projected lines, matchups, goaltenders

Bruins vs. Leafs Game 7 lineup: Projected lines, matchups, goaltenders originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It stands to reason that the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are playing a Game 7 for the right to advance to the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

These teams met in the first round in 2013, 2018 and 2019 and each of those series reached a Game 7. The result was also the same each time: a Bruins victory at TD Garden.

The Leafs are trying to end that streak and win their first playoff series against the Bruins since 1959. Toronto has lost five straight seventh games since 2013 in total.

The Bruins are battling their own poor playoff history. If the B’s lose on Saturday night, they will become the first team in NHL, MLB or NBA history to blow a 3-1 lead in a back-to-back playoff series. It would also be their seventh consecutive defeat in games in which they were able to eliminate their rival.

So, it’s fair to say that there is a lot at stake for both teams in this matchup.

bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters that defenseman Andrew Peeke is not available for Game 7 even though he was on the ice for Saturday’s morning skate. Montgomery also said no final decision has been made on the status of veteran forward Danton Heinen, who missed Game 6.

Jeremy Swayman should start for the Bruins, although they have not officially announced a starting goalie yet. Just like the first six games, we’ll know for sure when pregame warmups will begin as puck drop approaches. Swayman has a .932 save percentage in five starts in this series. He has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last nine games against the Leafs since the start of last season.

The mystery for the Leafs is whether superstar center Auston Matthews will play. Toronto’s best player has not played since the second period of Game 4. He has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury/illness. Matthews was on the ice during the Leafs’ brief morning skate on Saturday and participated in drills. His status for Game 7 is still unknown.

There should be no mystery in net for the Leafs. Joseph Woll started each of the last two games and posted a .961 save percentage. It has been outstanding.

One team’s season will come to a frustrating end at the Garden on Saturday night. Here are the projected lineups for both teams. This story will be updated through disk delivery with any important news.

Boston Bruins (3-3)


Jake DeBrusk–Pavel Zacha–David Pastrnak

Brad Machand–Charlie Coyle–Morgan Geekie

James van Riemsdyk–Trent Frederic–Danton Heinen (or Justin Brazeau)

John Beecher, Jesper Boqvist, Pat Maroon


Mason Lohrei as Charlie McAvoy

Hampus Lindholm – Brandon Carlo

Parker Wotherspoon as Kevin Shattenkirk


Jeremy Swayman

Toronto Maple Leafs (3-3)


If Auston Matthews plays…

Tyler Bertuzzi–Auston Matthews–Max Domi

Matthew Knies–John Tavares–Mitch Marner

Nick Robertson as Pontus Holmberg and William Nylander

Connor Dewar–David Kampf–Jarnkrok Street

If Auston Matthews doesn’t play…

Tyler Bertuzzi–Max Domi–Mitch Marner

Matthew Knies–John Tavares–William Nylander

Nick Robertson–Pontus Holmberg–Noah Gregor

Connor Dewar–David Kampf–Jarnkrok Street


Morgan Rielly-Ilya Lyubushkin

Simon Benoit as Jake McCabe

Joel Edmundson as Timothy Liljegren


joseph woll

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