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One notable difference from last year's Leafs squad to this year's is that it is a much tougher team that will not be bullied by physical opponents like the Bruins.
The additions of Frazer McLaren, Korbinian Holzer, Mark Fraser and Leo Komarov (the NHL's leader in hits) and the increased ice time of Colton Orr have made the Leafs one of the toughest teams to play against in the Eastern Conference because of the size, strength and toughness in their bottom six and on the blue line.
The Leafs lead the league with 734 hits (66 more than the Flyers in second), and they also rank fourth in blocked shots (365) and 12th in takeaways (149).
Boston has the worst power play at home this season (2-of-33), so Toronto can be physical with the Bruins and not have to worry about them capitalizing on their power-play opportunities.
The Leafs had a 44-29 hits advantage in their first meeting with Boston on February 2 and proved that they could compete with the Bruins and have a chance to win by playing a physical, defensive style of hockey.
The Bruins are coming off two straight frustrating losses in which they blew third-period leads. They're also in the middle of a difficult month of March that includes 17 games in 30 days. If the Leafs come into Boston and establish themselves as the more physical team in the first period, they will earn themselves a positive result from this game.