Bruce Cassidy wasn’t exactly breaking new ground when elaborating on Boston’s gameplan for capitalizing in the Maple Leafs’ zone over the next two weeks.
Need to generate quality looks against Frederik Andersen? Bring the puck right to his doorstep. Of course, that’s easier said than done when you’ve got a couple of hockey players clogging up the slot in front of you (and more than willing to lay you out along the way), but Cassidy and his players have a slew of options that they can turn to in order to open some space and generate Grade-A looks in front.
Every team is different when it comes to how it structures its defense in front of its netminder, but the Bruins plan on keeping things simple — a luxury when you have a forecheck that has consistently hemmed in the Leafs over the last couple of years, regardless of how many skaters Boston sends in below the faceoff dots.