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September 16, 2009 8:49 PM

9/16 Pregame Notes and Lineups - Bruins at Maple Leafs

Here are the anticipated lineups for tonight's preseason game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00. The game can be seen live on the NHL Network in the United States, and on TSN2 in Canada.

#6 D Dennis Wideman
#22 F Shawn Thornton
#26 F Blake Wheeler
#27 F Steve Begin
#32 G Dany Sabourin
#37 F Patrice Bergeron
#40 G Tuukka Rask
#43 F Drew Larman
#44 D Andy Wozniewski
#45 D Mark Stuart
#48 D Matt Hunwick
#53 D Derek Morris
#54 D Adam McQuaid
#57 F Jeff LoVecchio
#60 F Vladimir Sobotka
#61 F Byron Bitz
#63 F Brad Marchand
#72 F Jamie Arniel
#73 F Michael Ryder
#92 F Guillaume Lefebvre

#3 D Garnet Exelby
#4 D Jeff Finger
#7 D Ian White
#11 F Jiri Tlusty
#18 F Wayne Primeau
#20 F Christian Hanson
#22 D Francois Beauchemin
#24 D Jonas Frogren
#28 F Colton Orr
#29 G Joey MacDonald
#33 F Jason Allison
#35 G Vesa Toskala
#38 F Jay Rosehill
#39 F John Mitchell
#40 D Phil Oreskovic
#41 F Nikolai Kulemin
#42 F Tyler Bozak
#43 F Nazem Kadri
#45 F Viktor Stalberg
#56 F Andre Deveaux

- Dany Sabourin gets the nod between the pipes for the Bruins, and will be playing the entire game. Sabourin will try to match Tuukka Rask's performance from last night. Vesa Toskala will be starting for Toronto, with Joey MacDonald serving as the backup.

- In the battle for the team's seventh defenseman, Andy Wozniewski gets his chance to shine against his former club. The 29-year old spent parts of five seasons in the Toronto organization, recording two goals, ten assists, twelve points, and 81 penalty minutes in 76 games at the NHL level. Wozniewski will try to match the effort of Johnny Boychuk, who had one assist, four shots on goal, and four hits in 21:02 of ice time last night. Drew Fata has yet to play in a preseason game.

- On the other end of the ice, former Bruin Jason Allison will be playing in his first game since the 2005-06 campaign. Allison spent that season with the Maple Leafs, registering 17 goals and 43 assists in 66 games. The 34-year old spent parts of five seasons in Boston, scoring 105 goals, 189 assists, and 294 points in 301 games.

- Tonight is the first of four games in four nights for the Maple Leafs, who will also face the Flyers twice and the Penguins once. The stretch continues with tomorrow's tilt in London, ON, followed by a game in Pittsburgh, and concluding back at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

- The Bruins have seven skaters in the lineup that played in last night's 2-1 win over the Rangers - Wheeler, Hunwick, McQuaid, Sobotka, Bitz, Marchand, and Arniel. LoVecchio played in the rookie tournament, leaving the remaining ten skaters to make their preseason debuts. Arniel had a pair of goals in the tournament game against Toronto, inlcuding the deciding tally with 1:04 left in overtime.

- Boston's organization has already had a taste of Hanson, Bozak, Kadri, and Stalberg, as all four figured into the scoring in the Bruins' 6-5 win over the Maple Leafs during the rookie tournament. Hanson netted a hat trick, Bozak and Kadri each had one goal and one assist, and Stalberg dished out one helper.

- Begin, Sabourin, Larman, Wozniewski, Morris and Lefebvre will all be wearing the spoked "B" for the first time in their careers.

- According to the Hockey News' yearbook, the Bruins have two of their top ten prospects playing in this game. They are: Marchand (4) and McQuaid (7). Rask (1) will be dressed, but won't be playing. The Maple Leafs have five of their top ten. They are: Kadri (1), Bozak (2), Stalberg (7), Mitchell (8), and Hanson (10). There is plenty of excitement surrounding Kadri, who was taken with the seventh overall pick this past summer.

- Fans will have to wait for the regular season in order to see the renewing of the rivalry between Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek, as both players are getting the night off. Other notable names out of the lineup for the Maple Leafs include: Luke Schenn, Tomas Kaberle, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, and highly anticipated goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

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