The Skate Podcast: Talking Maple Leafs-Bruins with reporter, author Lance Hornby

Matt Kalman
October 24, 2019 - 3:14 pm

After the Bruins went 1-0-2 in a three-game stretch against Atlantic Division rivals, it was time for The Skate Podcast to unpack how Boston performed.

Boston lost in a shootout to Tampa Bay to start the grueling stretch, then lost in overtime at Toronto and avenged that loss with a regulation home win against the Maple Leafs.

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Co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman welcomed Toronto Sun reporter Lance Hornby, a veteran of three decades on the Maple Leafs beat and the author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Toronto Maple Leafs” to the program to break down how the Bruins and Maple Leafs match up this season.

“I would say Toronto made the most changes. I mean they put six or seven new guys in there. I think on paper the Leafs have made the changes they need to,” Hornby said. “But you know what, let’s face it, Boston’s still solid, Boston’s in their head, Boston has added some [guys>. You look at some of the guys that have come on their team the last couple of years, and the way [Charlie> McAvoy’s developed and Tuukka Rask, obviously a former Toronto goalie, if you want to go back to ancient history, has been quite the difference in this series going back with Toronto over the years.

“So you know what I would say never count on Boston even though I think Toronto has the better roster on paper.”

The Bruins, of course, took up residence in the Maple Leafs’ heads by winning seven-game, first-round playoff series each of the past two seasons. The Bruins and Maple Leafs could be headed to another spring showdown.

Laird and Kalman also talked about Zach Hyman’s absence from the Toronto lineup and goalie Frederik Andersen’s workload with Hornby.

In addition, Kalman and Laird talked about Torey Krug’s appearance on The Greg Hill Show and whether the defenseman is going to take a hometown discount. And any conversation about the Bruins has to include the red-hot play of David Pastrnak.