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LGD: Mild West Extravaganza, Part II

Good morning!

It’s a Leafs game day. Our boys in blue will take to the ice under the basement lighting of the SAP Center tonight as they take on the San Jose Sharks.

Tonight marks the second game of the Leafs’ three-game trek through California. Tonight, they’ll look to follow up a strong 5-1 win against the lowly Kings with a decisive performance against the “underperforming”Sharks.

At A Glance

The Sharks have strung together a couple of wins and may finally be turning up the heat after a slow start to their season. The Leafs, meanwhile, look to continue their road dominance. They’re currently 7-1-0 on the road, and have shown no signs of slowing down.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.8#76 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.3#11 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.2#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#20 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.2#43 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.6#32 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 72.8#64 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.88#8 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.1#59 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 73.0#90 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#97 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.28#15 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 71.0#88 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.4#170 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.4#69 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.92#16 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.2#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.7#42 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.98#11 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.6#15 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.0#78 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.76#14 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.6#40 LD

Igor OzhiganovIgor Ozhiganov

Nothing new to note here. The lines remain the same from the game in LA. Moore remains out, no Matthews, no Nylander.

Here’s a nice little bright spot, though:

Sharks Lines

Last update: November 15, 2018
LW C RW Forwards
Timo Meier
TIMO MEIER

Rating: 76.3#24 LW

Logan Couture
LOGAN COUTURE

Rating: 80.2#19 C

Joe Pavelski
JOE PAVELSKI

Rating: 77.9#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.15#16 FL1
Marcus Sorensen
MARCUS SORENSEN

Rating: 73.3#57 LW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 75.0#50 C

Kevin Labanc
KEVIN LABANC

Rating: 73.3#53 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.86#18 FL2
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE

Rating: 77.1#23 LW

Antti Suomela
ANTTI SUOMELA

Rating: 73.5#68 C

Joonas Donskoi
JOONAS DONSKOI

Rating: 74.1#42 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.90#1 FL3
Barclay Goodrow
BARCLAY GOODROW

Rating: 71.3#84 LW

Rourke Chartier
ROURKE CHARTIER

Rating: 73.1#81 C

Melker Karlsson
MELKER KARLSSON

Rating: 69.0#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.14#12 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Joakim Ryan
JOAKIM RYAN

Rating: 72.5#55 LD

Brent Burns
BRENT BURNS

Rating: 83.4#1 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.94#6 DL1
Brenden Dillon
BRENDEN DILLON

Rating: 72.1#69 LD

Erik Karlsson
ERIK KARLSSON

Rating: 80.7#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.43#3 DL2
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Rating: 75.4#24 LD

Justin Braun
JUSTIN BRAUN

Rating: 72.5#48 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.93#1 DL3

Let’s all take a moment to collectively salivate at those defense pairings. Just unfair, even with Karlsson having a cold start.

In terms of notable absences, it’s only Tomas Hertl who will be out for the Sharks tonight. He remains out with a lower body injury.

Who’s Hot

For the Leafs, Nazem Kadri has 7 goals in 9 games, and has really stepped it up since Matthews has been out. Andreas Johnsson is starting to look like a genuine factor in games, too.

For the aging Sharks, a bright spot has been 22-year old Timo Meier, who leads the team with 12 goals in 19 games.

Starting Goalies

Expect Martin Jones to go up against Frederik Andersen tonight. Jones has struggled greatly this season, with an .898 save percentage through 14 games, and has been over .900 just once in his last five starts.

Andersen, meanwhile, leads the NHL with 10 wins, and is enjoying a hot start with a .934 save percentage.

Notes

  • John Tavares plays in San Jose for the first time since not signing with them this summer. You may remember that he signed a 7-year deal with the Leafs instead.

It’s another late one tonight on the east coast. Puck drop is at 10:30pm ET on Sportsnet Ontario.

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