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LGD: Andersen Saves

Yet another “biggest night of the season” is upon us, as the Leafs are back at it in their 76th game of the season while essentially everyone around them in the standings is in action as well.

As we currently stand, Toronto is four points clear of Tampa in terms of simply holding down a playoff spot, and are still beating out the Bruins for 3rd in the Atlantic, a point ahead with a game in hand. Meanwhile, we’re officially in “cheering guide” mode for everything else going on, and tonight’s guide is as follows:

Go Flyers (against the Islanders), Go Jackets (against Carolina, who are somehow still in this), Go Dallas (against the Bruins), and most importantly, Go Detroit (against Tampa).

Aside from the Jackets, I don’t have a ton of hope in any of those teams. But no matter, the Leafs can do themselves a lot of good by getting their own work done tonight in Nashville. What we’re basically looking at is this team needing three – maybe four – wins in their last seven and that should be enough. A victory against a very evenly matched opponent tonight would obviously do a lot to ease some minds.

The Leafs

As usual, lineups from DailyFaceoff.

Defensive Pairings
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly
Connor Carrick
Connor Carrick
Jake Gardiner
Jake Gardiner
Nikita Zaitsev
Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
Roman Polak
Roman Polak

Kapanen gets his second appearance, as he should. Otherwise, nothing really of note. Bozak did miss the morning skate, but he’s been skipping practice for a while as he nurses an unknown injury.

The Preds

Defensive Pairings
Roman Josi
Roman Josi
Ryan Ellis
Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm
Mattias Ekholm
P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin
Yannick Weber
Yannick Weber

What a perfectly average team.

Starting Goaltenders

Oh you didn’t hear?

Yes, the season is back on. The panic is over. Andersen (0.918 sv%) gets the go-ahead against Pekka Rinne (0.916).

Numbers

TOR NSH
Points-Percentage .580 .586
Penalty Kill 82.4% (9th) 80.7% (17th)
Power Play 23.3% (2nd) 20.0% (12th)
Score-adjusted Corsi (5v5) 51.11% (9th) 51.21 (8th)

Where to Watch

A little bit of a later start time with this one in Nashville, as puck drop is scheduled for 8:00pm EST. It’ll be on TSN4 locally.