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The “Toronto Maple Leafs go places” tour continues today, with the blue and white heading into Saskatoon, a place I’ve heard is great but have somehow not been to in any of my stops through Saskatchewan. Fans are riding high on the last two games, a blowout in Buffalo and a Corsi blowout in at the ACC against the Habs. Let’s see what the Leafs have ahead of them if they want to bring their preseason winning streak to three.
The Leafs Lineup
From Les Lazaruk, the Leafs are bringing the following players with them to Saskatoon:
Forwards: Byron Froese, Colin Greening, Peter Holland, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Brooks Laich, Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Trevor Moore, William Nylander, Brandon Prust, Dmytro Timashov, James van Riemsdyk.
Defence: Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado, Travis Dermott, Jake Gardiner, Andrew Nielsen, Morgan Rielly, Nikita Zaitsev.
Lazaruk didn’t mention goaltenders, but Paul Hendrick expects that Frederik Andersen and Antoine Bibeau will be the ones dressing.
The Sens Lineup
Also from Les…
Forwards: Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, Tom Pyatt, Mike Blunden, Derick Brassard, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Ryan Dzingel, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Phil Varone.
Defence: Dion Phaneuf, Mark Methot, Cody Ceci, Chris Wideman, Fredrik Claesson, Erik Karlsson, Thomas Chabot, Mark Borowiecki.
In between the pipes for the senators, we expect to see Craig Anderson and Chris Driedger.
What To Expect
From the looks of it, this should be a game that’s a bit more filled with “NHL” talent than some of the previous games, including Toronto’s 6-3 loss to Ottawa last Monday.
Is it a chance for Colin Greening and Dion Phaneuf to decide who won “the trade” once and for all? Probably not, but one totally showing up the other would probably be pretty fun.
Will Andersen actually see time tonight? It would be nice if he did, given that there’s a lot of nerves involving his the severity of the injury he suffered during Olympic Qualifiers. Seeing him get some time in and, hopefully, have a good performance would be huge.
For those looking to catch this game on the ol’ Television-box-thing, puck drop is at 9:30 PM, and it’ll be broadcasted on TSN 4 (Toronto), TSN 5 (Ottawa), and NHL Network (USA, who today will learn Saskatchewan exists).