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LGD: Bus To Colum

Goooood afternoon!

The Leafs are on the road again, this time in Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets for the second time this week. You may remember that the Leafs rallied back to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 on Monday night, which was fun. Tonight, they’re looking to bounce back from a lackluster effort in Raleigh on Wednesday.

At A Glance

Record: 15-7-0 (3rd)

CF%: 49.30 (19th)

PDO: 1.031 (1st)

Goal Differential: +18 (3rd)

Record: 12-7-2 (8th)

CF%: 49.23 (21st)

PDO: 1.011 (10th)

Goal Differential: +4 (10th)

These are two good teams once again duking it out. The Leafs may have the advantage in the standings, but there isn’t much separating these teams in what they can accomplish. Sure, the Leafs may be more offensively gifted, but the Jackets are a tough matchup on any night, and will surely bring their best at Nationwide tonight.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.9#57 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.3#9 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.4#12 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.20#17 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.1#45 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.5#32 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.7#44 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.10#6 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 72.4#77 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 72.4#96 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.9#108 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.55#21 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 71.0#93 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.8#161 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.4#74 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.07#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.0#3 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.3#41 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.64#9 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.6#15 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.2#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.89#17 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.2#35 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.1#57 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.11#2 DL3

Status quo for the boys in blue and white. No Matthews or Nylander – yet.

Blue Jackets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Artemi Panarin
ARTEMI PANARIN

Rating: 81.5#8 LW

Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

Rating: 77.2#34 C

Cam Atkinson
CAM ATKINSON

Rating: 82.0#3 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.25#6 FL1
Nick Foligno
NICK FOLIGNO

Rating: 73.9#46 LW

Boone Jenner
BOONE JENNER

Rating: 73.0#84 C

Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 73.7#46 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.52#19 FL2
Brandon Dubinsky
BRANDON DUBINSKY

Rating: 70.5#146 LW

Alexander Wennberg
ALEXANDER WENNBERG

Rating: 72.9#92 C

Anthony Duclair
ANTHONY DUCLAIR

Rating: 72.7#69 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.02#15 FL3
Lukas Sedlak
LUKAS SEDLAK

Rating: 68.6#138 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 69.7#162 C

Markus Hannikainen
MARKUS HANNIKAINEN

Rating: 69.6#110 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.31#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Murray
RYAN MURRAY

Rating: 72.6#55 LD

Seth Jones
SETH JONES

Rating: 80.3#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.43#11 DL1
Markus Nutivaara
MARKUS NUTIVAARA

Rating: 73.8#41 LD

David Savard
DAVID SAVARD

Rating: 72.0#58 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.91#18 DL2
Zach Werenski
ZACH WERENSKI

Rating: 76.3#17 LD

Scott Harrington
SCOTT HARRINGTON

Rating: 67.4#105 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.85#14 DL3

This is the same fully-healthy Blue Jackets team that rolled into Toronto on Monday night. Scott Harrington – otherwise known as a lesser piece in the Kasperi Kapanen Trade – is a noteworthy name as an ex-Leaf Legend on this roster.

Who’s Hot

Cam Atkinson has been excellent offensively for Columbus, as has sophomore Pierre-Luc Dubois – with 10 goals already on the season. Not too shabby at all.

For the Leafs, Kasperi Kapanen has been dangerous night in and night out as of late. The fact that it was in a loss shouldn’t bury how beautiful this goal was on Wednesday night:

Starting Goalies

It’s a rematch of Bobrovsky vs. Andersen tonight. Bob is 7-7-0 with a 9.15, while Andersen continues to enjoy an elite campaign at 12-6-0 and .935.

Notes

Puck Drop is at 7pm ET on TSN4.

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