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LGD: Playoff rest

The Leafs are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs! Which means we have five games to play that mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Tonight’s game at the ACC features the New York Islanders and quite possibly the last time John Tavares comes to Toronto with his current team.

The Islanders currently sit bottom of the Metro division having lost 36 games since December – they have won 17 in that time.

So what went wrong? Well the whole ‘no defence or goaltending but plenty of scoring’ method has not worked. Essentially the Islanders play a kamikaze game leaving them with a potent offense but a disery defence.

This season the Leafs have defeated the Isles twice – including a 5-0 victory in Brooklyn back in January.

Anywho I digress – here are today’s projected lines:

Leafs

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.5#108 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.1#7 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 77.4#15 RW

Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.5#36 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.2#29 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 75.7#49 RW

James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 79.0#10 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.7#77 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 71.1#71 RW

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 72.7#55 LW

Tomas Plekanec
TOMAS PLEKANEC

Rating: 71.2#150 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 71.6#60 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 77.0#35 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.5#118 RD

Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.4#38 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 72.9#103 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.0#67 LD

Roman Polak
ROMAN POLAK

Rating: 70.1#226 RD

1ST

Islanders

LW C RW
Anders Lee
ANDERS LEE

Rating: 76.5#41 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 78.8#25 C

Jordan Eberle
JORDAN EBERLE

Rating: 76.3#23 RW

Anthony Beauvillier
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER

Rating: 71.6#79 LW

Mathew Barzal
MATHEW BARZAL

Rating: 76.8#38 C

Tanner Fritz
TANNER FRITZ

Rating: 71.3#147 RW

Andrew Ladd
ANDREW LADD

Rating: 71.2#89 LW

Brock Nelson
BROCK NELSON

Rating: 72.0#116 C

Cal Clutterbuck
CAL CLUTTERBUCK

Rating: 69.0#100 RW

Ross Johnston
ROSS JOHNSTON

Rating: 70.8#100 LW

Chris Wagner
CHRIS WAGNER

Rating: 68.1#110 C

Dennis Seidenberg
DENNIS SEIDENBERG

Rating: 70.1#224 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Nick Leddy
NICK LEDDY

Rating: 71.8#156 LD

Johnny Boychuk
JOHNNY BOYCHUK

Rating: 72.2#128 RD

Thomas Hickey
THOMAS HICKEY

Rating: 71.6#166 LD

Ryan Pulock
RYAN PULOCK

Rating: 69.1#245 RD

Brandon Davidson
BRANDON DAVIDSON

Rating: 69.4#236 LD

Adam Pelech
ADAM PELECH

Rating: 69.7#233 RD

Notes:

  • The Leafs need one point tonight to reach 100 for the first time since 2003/04. It would also be just the third time in franchise history they reached this milestone
  • The Islanders need to pick up five more points to get to 79 and make sure that this season is not the worst since 2011/12.
  • It will be interesting to see if the Leafs give some rest to players – and give players like Matt Martin, Josh Leivo, Garrett Sparks and Dominic Moore the chance to impress before the playoffs begin.

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