LGD: Fabulous Freshmen Faceoff

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As you probably recall (but maybe not! It’s been a wild year), Patrik Laine netted three goals against Toronto that game on October 19th, which the Maple Leafs led 4-0 and then lost in OT. Laine scored the overtime winner and gave extra juice to what’s been a very, very interesting Calder race this season. 

Auston Matthews currently has 28 goals and 21 assists in 58 games, while Patrik Laine has 28 goals and 24 assists in 54 games.

Oh, and both their teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt!

The Leafs sit one point back of the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the East… while the Winnipeg Jets sit one point back of Calgary for the final wildcard spot in the West.

Long story short, it’s a crucial game on both sides.

The Leafs

Lines courtesy of DailyFaceoff.com

LW C RW
Leo Komarov 
Leo Komarov
Nazem Kadri 
Nazem Kadri
Josh Leivo 
Josh Leivo
James van Riemsdyk 
James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak 
Tyler Bozak
Connor Brown 
Connor Brown
Zach Hyman 
Zach Hyman
Auston Matthews 
Auston Matthews
William Nylander 
William Nylander
Matt Martin 
Matt Martin
Frederik Gauthier 
Frederik Gauthier
Nikita Soshnikov 
Nikita Soshnikov
Defensive Pairings
Morgan Rielly 
Morgan Rielly
Nikita Zaitsev 
Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner 
Jake Gardiner
Connor Carrick 
Connor Carrick
Matt Hunwick 
Matt Hunwick
Roman Polak 
Roman Polak

Most notably missing for the Leafs is Mitch Marner, who’s been retroactively placed on the injured reserve.

Most notably added to the lineup is the Goat himself in Frederik Gauthier, slotting in for the one and only Ben Smith. Nathan Horton, Stephane Robidas and Joffrey Lupul are also out of the lineup tonight.

Haven’t heard much noise for him this season, but Leo Komarov is quietly riding a four-game point streak into tonight.

The Jets

LW

C RW
Nikolaj Ehlers 
Nikolaj Ehlers
Bryan Little 
Bryan Little
Blake Wheeler 
Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault 
Mathieu Perreault
Mark Scheifele 
Mark Scheifele
Patrik Laine 
Patrik Laine
Shawn Matthias 
Shawn Matthias
Adam Lowry 
Adam Lowry
Joel Armia 
Joel Armia
Brandon Tanev 
Brandon Tanev
Nicolas Petan 
Nicolas Petan
Chris Thorburn 
Chris Thorburn
Defensive Pairings
Julian Melchiori 
Julian Melchiori
Dustin Byfuglien 
Dustin Byfuglien
Josh Morrissey 
Josh Morrissey
Ben Chiarot 
Ben Chiarot
Mark Stuart 
Mark Stuart
Paul Postma 

Paul Postma

Former Future Toronto Maple Leaf Jacob Trouba(and just about every other team in the league, for that matter) is out of the lineup as he’s currently serving a suspension for a hit that many people are angered in the short length of his suspension (just two games). Out for the team is Tobias Enstrom (lower-body injury), Marko Dano (lower-body injury), Ondrej Pavelec (concussion), and Tyler Myers (lower-body injury).

Mark Scheifele is riding a hot streak with seven assists in his past four games.

Starting goalies

Frederik Andersen is the man of the hour for the Torontos, while the Winnipeggers will likely place Connor Helleyebuck in net.

Where to watch

Corsica.hockey and hockeystats.ca are just two of the sites to offer spreadsheets.

On twitter @JeffVeillette (among others) will be having GIFs.

Or on TV, TSN4 will be carrying the actual game. But we know you’re probably not interested in that.