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LGD: Firing Back

It’s Game Day!

In a rare home game this month, the Leafs (17-10-1) welcome the Calgary Flames (14-12-1) to town. The two teams squared off in Calgary last week, with the Leafs winning that game 4-1.

The Leafs will look for a bounce-back effort tonight after a frustrating game in Vancouver on Saturday. Here’s to hoping they’ll be able to take advantage of a struggling Flames team that has lost 2 straight and currently sits on the outside looking in in the Pacific Division.

Leafs Lines

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY
Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER
Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV
Andreas Borgman
ANDREAS BORGMAN
Roman Polak
ROMAN POLAK

Tyler Bozak is back tonight after a bout of food poisoning. Connor Brown remains on Auston Matthews’ wing, and Connor Carrick remains in the press box. Roman Polak will be in the lineup for a fifth straight game.

Flames Lines

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Mark Giordano
MARK GIORDANO
Dougie Hamilton
DOUGIE HAMILTON
T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE
Travis Hamonic
TRAVIS HAMONIC
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK
Michael Stone
MICHAEL STONE

For Calgary, Mikael Backlund is officially in after being questionable due to illness. Former Leaf legend Kris Versteeg, meanwhile, is out month-to-month after undergoing hip surgery.

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are still red-hot, so look for that top line to be pretty scary, as always.

Starting Goalies

Mike Smith and Frederik Andersen will go head-to-head once again. Andersen ultimately came out victorious during their first meeting, and he’s been red-hot of late, with his save percentage up to .919 on the season.

Smith, meanwhile, has struggled of late. He’s posted a sub-.900 in four of his last five starts, including last week’s game against the Leafs.

Notes

  • This is the first of only three home games for the Leafs this month. After tonight, they’ll host Edmonton on Sunday and Carolina on the 19th.
  • What’s the over/under on whether we’ll get a Brian Burke untied-tie interview in which he’s asked about Auston Matthews?
  • A win tonight would put the Leafs ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights in the standings, which is a sentence that I’m writing in December.

Puck Drop is at 7:30 ET on Sportsnet.

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