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LGD: Straight-To-DVD Sequel In Sunrise

It’s Game Day!

Fresh off an impressive 4-2 win against the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, the Leafs are in Sunrise tonight to take on the lesser Florida team, in a lesser arena, with a (much) lesser camera angle. It’s fun all around on a rare Friday night game.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 74.9#35 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.2#11 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.5#10 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.88#11 FL1
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.5#63 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.9#5 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 74.7#42 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.38#3 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 72.1#69 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 76.5#40 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.2#45 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.25#2 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 71.0#98 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 68.4#187 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.3#100 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.89#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.7#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.6#46 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.15#10 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 77.0#12 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.7#78 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.83#15 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.7#44 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 73.0#41 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.35#5 DL3

Expect much of the same for the Leafs tonight. That means Hyman-Matthews-Nylander sticking together, and Kapanen and Kadri staying on the same line after a stellar showing last night.

No changes on the back end, meaning elite defenseman Nikita Zaitsev remains on the second pairing despite a 2-point night last night.

Panthers Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Frank Vatrano
FRANK VATRANO

Rating: 72.9#85 LW

Aleksander Barkov
ALEKSANDER BARKOV

Rating: 80.5#15 C

Evgenii Dadonov
EVGENII DADONOV

Rating: 78.4#16 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.25#20 FL1
Jonathan Huberdeau
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU

Rating: 77.7#17 LW

Vincent Trocheck
VINCENT TROCHECK

Rating: 77.4#34 C

Nick Bjugstad
NICK BJUGSTAD

Rating: 72.1#73 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.75#11 FL2
Mike Hoffman
MIKE HOFFMAN

Rating: 75.2#33 LW

Henrik Borgstrom
HENRIK BORGSTROM

Rating: 73.0#81 C

Denis Malgin
DENIS MALGIN

Rating: 71.8#77 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.34#5 FL3
Jayce Hawryluk
JAYCE HAWRYLUK

Rating: 73.1#54 LW

Jared McCann
JARED MCCANN

Rating: 71.2#133 C

Colton Sceviour
COLTON SCEVIOUR

Rating: 69.5#174 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.26#9 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Keith Yandle
KEITH YANDLE

Rating: 76.4#15 LD

Aaron Ekblad
AARON EKBLAD

Rating: 74.1#28 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.23#18 DL1
Michael Matheson
MICHAEL MATHESON

Rating: 71.9#72 LD

Mark Pysyk
MARK PYSYK

Rating: 70.1#86 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.01#28 DL2
Ian McCoshen
IAN MCCOSHEN

Rating: 69.4#121 LD

Josh Brown
JOSH BROWN
DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.43#30 DL3

Vincent Trochek is back in the Panthers lineup for the first time since November 19th, when he broke his ankle. Surprise surprise that a good player draws back in against the Leafs, as is always the case.

Starting Goalies

Roberto Luongo versus Garret Sparks is your matchup tonight. Luongo has been dreadful over his last five games, with just an .807 save percentage through that stretch.

Sparks, meanwhile, has been mediocre at best throughout this season with the Leafs, and is riding a .905 save percentage into this game. Tonight will be his first game back since December 29th, prior to the concussion that had sidelined him for a couple of weeks.

Notes

  • The drought continues for Auston Matthews, who now has just one goal in his last 11 games.
  • William Nylander is also now at just 1G, 2A through 18 games.
  • Can we please just break these slumps?

Puck Drop is at 7pm ET on SNO.

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