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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Dave Bolland was once a contributor to the Chicago Blackhawks' recent dominance of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now he'll try to reverse the Leafs' fortunes in this series on Saturday night when he makes his return to the United Center.

The Maple Leafs have not bested the Blackhawks in over 10 years, since a 3-1 victory in Chicago on Feb. 12, 2003. The 'Hawks have won each of the past seven encounters since, scoring at least three goals in each game and five or more in four of them.

Bolland appeared in three of those games for the Blackhawks, notching a goal and three assists before getting traded to the Maple Leafs this past June for a pair of 2013 draft picks and another selection in 2014.

The 27-year-old was a second-round pick by Chicago in 2004 and posted 70 goals and 98 assists in 332 regular-season games with the Blackhawks. He figures to get a nice reception tonight as the last time Chicago fans saw him in a 'Hawks jersey, he was putting home the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 of the 2012 Finals.

"We'll see what happens," said Bolland, who won a pair of Cups with Chicago and confirmed it will be a novelty playing against former teammates and friends.

"You're enemies on the ice, but when you're off the ice you're best friends. It will be a hard-fought game. It will be a battle. It won't be an easy game against them. I think we all know how they play. It's going to be fun."

Said Chicago's Jonathan Toews of the reunion, "To win two Stanley Cups with him and be a close friend and teammate for a long time, you want to see him do well and he's one of those guys you always keep in touch with and look forward to playing against."

Bolland has three goals and six points this season, notching an assist in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Carolina, one that saw the new hybrid icing rule factor into the outcome.

The Maple Leafs led 2-0 after the second period on goals by Joffrey Lupul and Josh Leivo, the first of his career, but the Hurricanes stormed back with three goals in the third period.

The third one on Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier came on a shot from Carolina's end as Ron Hainsey played the puck up the ice and off the left boards. The puck hit off the backboards and towards the crease, where Bernier took a swipe at it but missed and the puck hit off his skate and in.

"It was just a bad mistake by my part. I looked up and see where my options were. The puck was probably spinning a lot, and I misjudged it," said Bernier, who added he thought the play would be icing.

"It's the new game and we all have to adjust, but it's not an excuse."

Bernier was pressed into action 32 seconds into the game when James Reimer had to exit his start after getting hit in the head during a collision with Leivo. Reimer had faced just one shot before his exit and Bernier ended with 34 saves as Toronto lost for just the second time in eight games this season.

"We had so many good things going for us coming into the game," said Lupul. "It was just one of those nights where things didn't work out for us the way we wanted them to."

Reimer was able to practice on Friday and is expected to be available for this game. So is forward James van Riemsdyk, who sat out the past two games with back spasms.

Both Bernier and Reimer have faced the Blackhawks just once before and both took a loss. Bernier allowed three goals on 28 shots in his outing, while Reimer was tagged for five goals on 19 shots.

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, were denied a fourth straight victory on Thursday as they lost 3-2 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues.

Corey Crawford made 26 saves, but yielded the deciding tally to T.J. Oshie in the first round of the tiebreaker, while Patrick Kane, Toews and Patrick Sharp all came up empty on their attempts.

Brandon Pirri netted his first career score and Marian Hossa added a goal for the Blackhawks, who have not scored more than three goals in any of their six games since a season-opening 6-4 win over Washington on Oct. 1.

"I think we're having a tough time finding the back of the net," Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "With that being said, we have to muscle these games out. That's the mindset we have to have when we're not scoring goals."

Crawford is 1-0-0 with a 4.50 goals against average in two career meetings with the Maple Leafs.

10/19 10:32:49 ET

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Schedule

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Chicago 4/19 3:00 PM ET
St. Louis @theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. St. Louis leads series, 1-0.
Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Pittsburgh leads series, 1-0.
Minnesota 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Colorado leads series, 1-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
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7:05pm Tonight
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5th
WAS 0
STL 3
 
5th
CLE 0
TOR 3
 
3rd
DET 2
ANA 1
 
3rd
BOS 1
BAL 1
 
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MIN 0
 
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CHC
CIN
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HOU
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MIL
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TOR 51
BRK 55
 
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LAC
GSW
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IND
ATL
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OKC
MEM
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
7:05pm Tonight
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