Patrice Bergeron ‘ready to go’ for Bruins showdown with Maple Leafs

Matt Kalman
October 19, 2019 - 3:07 pm

For the first time since the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference First Round in seven games last spring, Boston and Toronto will meet Saturday in Toronto.

Center Patrice Bergeron, who didn’t practice Friday because of a lower-body injury caused by a blocked shot against Tampa Bay on Thursday, should be ready to go.

“Feeling good, ready to go. No issues,” Bergeron told the media at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Backes is back

With Joakim Nordstrom joining David Krejci among injured Bruins forwards, David Backes will return to the lineup and skate on the fourth line after sitting out the past three games.

Backes doesn’t have a point in his three games this season, but coach Bruce Cassidy still had encouraging words for the 35-year-old.

"He's actually played well," Cassidy told the media. "We're trying to get a look at where [Brett> Ritchie fits, he's a new addition. They're similar players, so is [Chris> Wagner. We like what Wagner does with Kuraly and Nordy. They're a real good checking line.

"[Backes> got pushed out more about some of the other guys with what they bring and less about what he's doing, which is not always fair. But that's the way we're doing it now early on. There was going to be some sort of rotation.

Tavares out

Maple Leafs center John Tavares is out with a broken finger, so here’s how the Maple Leafs will line up:

Frederik Andersen is 11-2-0 vs. Boston in the regular season. Of course we know what’s happened to him the past two postseasons.