Tonight in the NHL: Bruins host Leafs

Tonight in the NHL: Bruins host Leafs
March 7, 2013, 1:00 pm
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The Flyers are in action tonight against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins for the third time this year, while the season series is tied at 1-1.

The Flyers will have home ice advantage for this game, yet this may not be a good thing. In the last 23 games played between these two teams, the road team has a 17-5-1 record (see story).

So, with the Flyers hosting Pittsburgh tonight, here are a few more NHL games to watch:

Maple Leafs at Bruins, 7 p.m.

Despite the Bruins’ recent two-game losing streak, they have won their past seven against Toronto and are looking to make it eight tonight.

Boston was on a six-game winning streak riding goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was posting a 1.38 goals-against average in five of those six games, until losing two straight each by one goal.

Toronto, on the other hand, is attempting to win its fourth straight tonight behind the stick of ex-Flyer James van Riemsdyk. Van Riemsdyk has a team-high 13 goals and six assists this season.

Canadiens at Hurricanes, 7 p.m.

Despite both finishing towards the bottom of its respective divisions last season, Montreal and Carolina are now at the top and are looking to continue its solid play.

Carolina’s goaltender Cam Ward was boasting a 2.84 goals-against average until spraining his MCL in its victory over Florida on Sunday. Yet, backup Justin Peters saved 37 goals in his season debut to lock down a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday.

The Canadiens have been on a hot steak as of late, going 8-0-3 until a 6-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday. It was Montreal's first regulation loss since Feb. 9.

Rangers at Islanders, 7 p.m.

This will be the third matchup of the season between these two New York rivals. The Rangers won the first matchup, 4-1, on Feb. 7, yet the Islanders tied up the series on Feb. 14 in a 4-3 shootout victory.

The Rangers have been enjoying the return of Rick Nash recently, who scored two goals against the Flyers in a 4-2 win, but they also suffered a devastating loss in the same game. Marc Staal had to leave the game during the third period after getting hit in the eye by a deflected puck. The extent of his injury is still yet to be determined.

The Islanders are on a win streak as well and are hoping John Tavares can continue his good play against the Rangers. In Tavares' last 19 games against the Rangers, he has recorded eight goals and 13 assists.

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