Maple Leafs Pre-Game #9: 5 Things to Watch for in Another (Sigh) First-Round Preview

What changes ultimately stays the same.
Around this time last year, the then-surging Maple Leafs took on Bruins at TD Garden, on the second half of a back-to-back, and with Garret Sparks manning the crease. It went just about as well as anyone expected. And while the circumstances might be different this time around, that all-encompassing anxiety, the type which permeated the very core of those un-even Leafs a year prior, lingers nonetheless.
Tonight, the Leafs will be the ones holding home-ice advantage in their first showdown with the Bruins. Here’s who they intend to counter with, per DailyFaceoff:

Frederik Andersen is expected to draw the start in goal.
So, before the puck drops and conjures horrible memories for everyone on the home side, let’s go through 5 important things to watch for ahead of tonight’s divisional clash.
1) Alexander Kerfoot: Second Line Centre
Did you hear? John Tavares broke his finger during Wednesday night’s embarrassment in Washington because ours is a cruel and remorseless god whose wrath knows no bounds. As a result, the Maple Leafs will now be without their captain and 1A/1B centre for the next two weeks, at minimum. Maybe it’ll be …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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