LGD: Subbanator Returns

Over the last few seasons, Leafs fans have probably spent a good amount of time being angry at P.K. Subban, but this year’s a little different. While they’ll surely want him to stay off the board this evening when the Preds visit Toronto, it’s going to be fun to finally appreciate Subban’s skill without having to see him in a divisional rival’s sweater. 

The Predators were off to a tough start in October, which only added fuel to the debate over this summer’s monstrous trade that brought P.K. to Nashville, but they’ve started to make a climb this month. For the Leafs it’s a difficult game against a team that was viewed as a contender in plenty of pre-season rankings. 

THE LEAFS

That blue line is atrocious, but let’s shrug and continue believing Babcock is all-knowing.

THE PREDS

As mentioned above, Nashville was off to a terrible start and were looking like they could get left behind in the west, but they’ve quickly made up ground as goaltending and their puck possession game (16th in score-adjusted Corsi) rounded into shape, and now they sit just a point away from the wildcard. At minimum they should be in that mix all year.

STARTING GOALTENDERS

It looks like the Leafs may get a bit of a break tonight with Nasvhille starting their backup Marek Mazanec, but whether that gives Toronto much of an “edge” is debatable, as there’s not much of a body of work to go on there, and Rinne’s had his own struggles besides this little hot streak. Still, Mazanec has an .806 sv% through two appearances this season.

Freddie gets the call for Toronto.

NUMBERS

LEAFS PREDS
Wins 6 6
Points 15 15
Power Play 23.80% 24.10%
Penalty Kill 83.00% 80.80%
Score-Adjusted
Corsi  
50.90%   49.60%

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • How well Subban’s game ages from now until 2022 when he becomes a free agent and signs in Toronto.
  • The circus that is dressing all of Polak, Hunwick and Marincin while Carrick sits out.
  • Auston Matthews breaking his goal drought and shutting up Dave Naylor.
Game goes at 7:30 Eastern on Sportsnet Ontario.

    • Capt.jay

      Yes he would. Speaking of jerseys. I have a hard time taking any jersey seriously that has taken the (suggested) reebok lines that go down the sides of the chest. Looks generic and cheap and makes me wonder if teams get a kick back dollar wise or else why would they do it? Nashville, St. Louis, buffalo, and at one point Florida, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. All ugly

  • Stan Smith

    I predict that Subban is going to eventually take over Phaneuf’s crown as the leagues most over-rated player. As for Carrick sitting, after having a good start, he struggle badly in his last half a dozen starts. I figured sitting and watching probably is probably more of a learning thing than punishment. Usually I would question why Marincin would be starting over anyone, but he has actually played not too bad recently.