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Preview: Toronto at Boston

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 16, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping someone can provide offense Saturday as they attempt to halt their four-game losing streak when they visit the Original Six-rival Boston Bruins. Toronto has had great difficulty scoring goals during its skid, totaling three in the losses while allowing 16.

Leo Komarov, who leads the team with 15 tallies, is mired in a 10-game drought while James van Riemsdyk (14) recorded one goal in his last six contests before going down with a fractured foot and PA Parenteau (11) has scored in one of his last seven games. Boston ended its three-game slide with a 4-1 triumph at Buffalo on Friday in the finale of its five-game road trip (2-2-1). Ryan Spooner has landed on the scoresheet in seven of his last eight contests, collecting two goals and nine assists in that span – including a tally and two assists against the Sabres. The Bruins swept a home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs earlier this season, posting a 2-0 triumph in Beantown on Nov. 21 and winning in a shootout at Toronto two days later.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CBC, CITY (Toronto), NESN (Boston)

ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (16-19-7): Morgan Rielly scored Toronto’s lone goal on Friday, giving him 20 points – which ties him with captain Dion Phaneuf for the team lead among defensemen. The 21-year-old Rielly has recorded two tallies in his last 31 contests after a spurt during which he netted three in five games. Tyler Bozak, who scored a career-high 23 goals last season, is in the midst of an eight-game drought.

Patrice Bergeron tops the team with 38 points but has recorded just one – an assist – in his last five games. The 30-year-old also shares the club lead in goals with 15 but enters Saturday with a five-game drought. Loui Eriksson, who notched two assists Friday to pull within one point of Bergeron, also has 15 tallies but just two in his last 11 contests.


1. Bruins LW Brad Marchand, the third member of the team with 15 goals, has failed to notch a point in four contests since returning from a three-game suspension.

2. Toronto LW Joffrey Lupul has gone 10 games without a point and recorded only two (both goals) in his last 19 contests.

3. Boston’s penalty-killing unit is 43-for-45 over its last 17 games.

PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2