The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games last year.
"I think it's a great matchup, great rivalry," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "Guys should be excited to play."
The Bruins finished with the second-best record (49-24-9, 107 points) in the Eastern Conference, 21 points behind the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs (46-28-8, 100 points) were fifth.
"We really believe we're going to be prepared -- we've got a lot of people back, we feel we'll be rested and ready to go," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "We're excited about the opportunity, we look forward to going to Boston."
The Bruins won the season series 3-1.
"Obviously, they've got real good players, their big line is elite, elite, elite and Bergeron just knows how to win," Babcock said. "He's flat-out won everything, he knows how to stop on defense, he knows how to free up those other two guys."
Marner feels Tavares is ideal for the role of trying to slow Boston's stars.
"He's been playing against star players for the majority of his life," Marner said. "I think he knows how to be successful, and that's being on the defensive side of the puck, taking care of your D-zone first and letting the offense come to him."
Not only is Marchand an offensive threat, but he is also an agitator.
"Just let him do whatever he wants after the whistle," Marner said. "We all know he's going to try to get under our skin, that's nothing new there. Just, as a team, stay calm with each other.
"We know what we've got to do to be successful, and that's making sure we're not getting in the (penalty) box. That team thrives off the power play. For us, it's just making sure, when he's on the ice, play him hard. He's a great player, he's got a lot of skill, he can make plays."
After the All-Star break, the Bruins surged with a 19-game point streak that included victories over the Lightning, San Jose Sharks and the Washington Capitals. During most of that stretch, Pastrnak was out with a thumb injury.
But Boston cooled off a bit late, finishing the regular-season schedule on a 3-4-0 stretch.
"I'm an optimist," Cassidy said. "I like our team. We play hard. We're one of the better teams from start to finish, I think, in the National Hockey League, specifically the second half of the year. We've played well at the right times. We've earned our way."
"It just gives us different ways to look at things," Babcock said. "Obviously, we know (Kasperi Kapanen), we know Willy (Nylander). We're going to move those guys around a little bit. We're going to play them the way it's best suited and based on how they play."
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