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LGD: Sparks, Pickard, and the Ex-Marlies Melee

Tonight, the Leafs will host the Philadelphia Flyers at the Scotiabank Arena. It will be a back-to-back contest and 3rd game in 4 nights for both teams, as we reach a heavy part of the NHL schedule before the Christmas holidays.

As mentioned in the title, since it is a back-to-back, both teams will likely be playing their backups: former Marlies goalie tandem Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard.

The Leafs carried four goalies into training camp, all of whom had to go through waivers if they were to be assigned to the Marlies. The team decided that Sparks was their choice to back up Frederik Andersen, and waived Pickard and McElhinney. The latter was picked up by the Carolina Hurricanes, who have had goalie issues for a long time, and who the Leafs faced and lost to on Wednesday while McElhinney was in net.

For Pickard, he was claimed by the Flyers, who the Leafs now face. Neither team is likely to have much of a morning skate today, after playing last night, so the lines will have to be assumptions.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.1#52 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.4#8 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.3#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.26#17 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.3#34 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.7#45 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.99#9 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 72.4#75 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 72.1#109 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.5#110 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.31#22 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 70.9#99 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.7#160 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.3#76 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.01#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.8#4 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.4#42 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.59#9 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.3#16 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.8#84 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.52#17 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.9#34 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 71.9#62 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.92#3 DL3
GOALIES
Garret Sparks

GARRET SPARKS

Rating: 69.5#50 G2

Frederik Andersen

FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Rating: 77.4#10 G1

Flyers Lines

Normally, we’d expect the goalie who played last night to sit, but with Pickard earning a shutout against the New York Rangers last night, it’s possible that Dave Hakstol will ask him to go again.

LW C RW Forwards
Claude Giroux
CLAUDE GIROUX

Rating: 82.9#4 LW

Sean Couturier
SEAN COUTURIER

Rating: 81.2#12 C

Travis Konecny
TRAVIS KONECNY

Rating: 75.3#31 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.79#9 FL1
Dale Weise
DALE WEISE

Rating: 69.9#115 LW

Nolan Patrick
NOLAN PATRICK

Rating: 71.7#118 C

Jakub Voracek
JAKUB VORACEK

Rating: 75.7#27 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.44#27 FL2
James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 78.3#18 LW

Jordan Weal
JORDAN WEAL

Rating: 71.6#120 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 74.0#41 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.62#1 FL3
Oskar Lindblom
OSKAR LINDBLOM

Rating: 72.2#77 LW

Scott Laughton
SCOTT LAUGHTON

Rating: 70.6#146 C

Tyrell Goulbourne
TYRELL GOULBOURNE

Rating: 72.5#71 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.76#5 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ivan Provorov
IVAN PROVOROV

Rating: 74.2#32 LD

Robert Hagg
ROBERT HAGG

Rating: 70.3#110 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.27#28 DL1
Shayne Gostisbehere
SHAYNE GOSTISBEHERE

Rating: 78.4#7 LD

Christian Folin
CHRISTIAN FOLIN

Rating: 70.6#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.49#13 DL2
Travis Sanheim
TRAVIS SANHEIM

Rating: 71.6#78 LD

Radko Gudas
RADKO GUDAS

Rating: 71.8#63 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#13 DL3
GOALIES
Calvin Pickard
CALVIN PICKARD

Rating: 63.1#70 G1

Alex Lyon
ALEX LYON

Rating: 71.1#39 G2

Preview

The Leafs are doing really well so far this season, sitting in the top 5 teams in the NHL for points. They have lost their last two games, and will definitely be looking to bounce back in this one. The Flyers, on the other hand, have been very mediocre thus far, suffering the loss of their starting goaltender, Michael Neuvirth. They currently sit 6th in the Metropolitan Division, 8 points behind the Maple Leafs.

Hopefully the Leafs can muster up more energy than Philadelphia in this tough stretch, and grind out a win at home.

Go Leafs Go!

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