(4) Bruins - (5) Maple Leafs preview - 05-01-13

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(4) Bruins vs. (5) Maple Leafs

Bruins Leading Regular Season Scorer: Brad Marchand (right), 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists).

Maple Leafs Leading Regular Season Scorer: Phil Kessel, 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists).

Bruins Expected Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask, 19-10-5, 2.00 GAA, .929SV%.

Maple Leafs Expected Starting Goaltender: James Reimer, 19-8-5, 2.46 GAA, .924 SV%.

Bruins Regular Season Statistics

Maple Leafs Regular Season Statistics

Bruins Injuries: Right winger Nathan Horton ("upper body) is questionable. Center Marc Savard (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Maple Leafs Injuries: Center Tyler Bozak ("upper body") is probable.

Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Patrice Bergeron, C; Johnny Boychuk, D; Gregory Campbell, C; Zdeno Chara, D; Andrew Ference, D; Nathan Horton, RW; Jaromir Jagr, RW; Chris Kelly, C; David Krejci, C; Milan Lucic, LW; Brad Marchand, C; Adam McQuaid, D; Daniel Paille, LW; Rich Peverly, C; Tuukka Rask, G; Marc Savard, C; Tyler Seguin, C; Dennis Seidenberg, D; Shawn Thornton, LW.

Maple Leafs with Stanley Cup bling: None.

Something worthwhile about the Bruins: At 14.8 percent, the Bruins have the lowest power-play percentage of any team in the postseason.

Something worthwhile about the Maple Leafs: The Maple Leafs averaged the most penalty minute per game this season at 16.2 minutes.

Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins center Derek Sanderson holds the Bruins' single-postseason record for shorthanded goals. He had three in 1969.

Something useless about the Maple Leafs that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Tim Horton holds the Maple Leafs record for career postseason games with 97.

Former Penguins on the Bruins: Andrew Ference, D; Jaromir Jagr, RW.

Former Penguins on the Maple Leafs: Randy Carlyle, head coach.

Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk. The Maple Leafs generate speed with a fleet crew of forwards. The Bruins need to rely on their old formula of physical defense to wear down the likes of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.

Who needs to be the difference for the Maple Leafs: Reimer (above). No other goaltender enters the postseason with more question marks. Is he a legit franchise goaltender? We'll find out this series.

Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: Horton's overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the rival Canadiens in Game 7 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in 2011:

Best Maple Leafs YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Maple Leafs right winger Nikolai Borchevsky's overtime goal in a 4-3 road win against the rival Red Wings in Game 7 of a 1993 Norris Division semifinal series:

EN Prediction: Both of these teams like to hit and they will try to wear one another down over the course of this series. The difference will be goaltending and experience for Boston. Rask has a better playoff resume than Reimer and the Bruins as a whole are only two years removed from a Stanley Cup title. Bruins 4-2.

(Photos: Marchand-Jared Wickerham/Getty Images; Reimer-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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