LGD: JT vs the Big 3

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Hello, Brooklyn. I’ve made that joke in every single pregame thread I’ve written since the Islanders have moved to the Barclays Centre because I’m because I put about as much effort into writing the opening paragraph and title of these things as the team did in making sure that the sightlines in the upper bowl would give you a complete view of the ice.

Too soon? Never. Not that the Leafs don’t have a few of those bad seats too; that’s what happens when you put a basketball team in a hockey rink. At least MLSE stepped in and tweaked a few things before the ACC was built, though. Anyway, the Leafs take on the Islanders tonight in their second game in as many days.

The Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Could change, probably won’t. Free Frank Corrado.

The Islanders

New York Islanders lines courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Brock Nelson is a second line centre. Jason Chimera is the new Matt Martin. Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin are both injured. The Islanders, needless to say, are a weird team. They’ll also be looking to win their first game in a week, after falling to the Habs on Wednesday and Penguins on Thursday.

Starting Goaltenders

Jhonas Enroth will be getting the start for the Leafs, his first since Toronto’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota. On the other side of the ice, you’ve got Jaroslav Halak, who the Islanders have been confirmed to be shopping now that his agent Alan Walsh has publicly called them out for running three goaltenders.

So far this year, Halak has played in three of New York’s games, posting a 2-3-0 record and picking up a 0.901 save percentage.

What To Watch For

Outside of crossing fingers and praying that the arena ice doesn’t start melting (this was apparently a thing a few weeks ago), Toronto, by and large, just needs to keep playing the way they are. Montreal, like just about every game this year, was a winnable appearance that had an unwanted outcome.

The biggest concern is probably rest, having played less than 24 hours prior, but if there’s any team that has the regenerative stamina to play a back-to-back, it’s the one that’s led by a gang of children. Puck drop is at 6:00 PM, and you can catch it on Sportsnet as part of Hometown Hockey.