1. Boston Marathon bombing victim to wave the Bruins flag tonight
As part of their pregame festivities, the Bruins have somebody of note wave a giant team flag.
Tonight will be powerful because Jeff Bauman is expected to do the honours at TD Garden.
The 27-year-old Bauman lost both his legs below the knee in one of the explosions on Apr. 15 as he waited near the finish line for his girlfriend to complete the marathon. He later helped police find the suspects for the bombings, when he wrote from his hospital bed, "Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me."
Bruins popular fourth-liner Shawn Thornton visited Bauman in the hospital.
Four local police bomb technicians - Todd Brown, Sean Tierney, Eric Gahagan and Ariane Thibodeau - performed the Bruins flag-waving duties on Wednesday.
2. Can the Leafs draw inspiration from Islanders?
The Islanders exhibited moxie on Friday in bouncing back from their series opening jitters two nights earlier to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Islanders and Maple Leafs are in similar situations because of their lack of playoff experience shone through in their respective series openers.
But the Maple Leafs were mixed in whether the Islanders result could help inspire them to a better outing than in their dreadful 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday.
"Different series, different teams," said Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, who at 24 is the most experienced playoff performer, along with Joffrey Lupul, at 40 games.
"It's something we think this series can be like," Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri said.
3. New faces in Bruins' lineup
Boston rookie blue-liner Dougie Hamilton and veteran forward Rich Peverley likely will replace defenceman Andrew Ference and forward Kaspars Daugavins in the Bruins lineup on Saturday.
Ference was suspended for a game for his hit to the head on Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski in the series opener. The rookie Hamilton lost his regular spot in the Bruins lineup late in the season to newcomer Wade Redden. They are expected to be paired together on Saturday.
This will be Hamilton's Stanley Cup playoff debut. He watched the series opener from the TD Garden press box.
"You can't tell the speed from up there, but that was something I noticed. Also, the willingness to win," said Hamilton, when asked the difference between playoff and regular season hockey.
Like his athletic parents, Hamilton has plenty of experience in big games. The son of former Canadian Olympic rower Doug and national women's national team basketball player Lynn, Dougie played in two world junior championships for Canada and the OHL final with the Niagara IceDogs last year.
Line combinations and defence pairings
Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle told his players not to reveal whether or not they were playing. He wanted to keep the lineup changes internal until game time. But based on Friday's practice sessions and the morning skates on Saturday, here are the projections for Game 2 line combinations and defence pairings.
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly - Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg - Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden - Dougie Hamilton
Starting goalie: Tuukka Rask
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Ryan Hamilton - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
Matt Frattin - Jay McClement - Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner - Ryan O'Byrne
Mark Fraser - Cody Franson
Starting goalie: James Reimer
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