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LGD: Sens Of Direction

Good morning!

The Leafs are fresh off a dominant 6-1 win, and the Senators are in fresh hell. It’s a rare Wednesday night Battle of Ontario. Let’s go!

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.1#62 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.5#12 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.1#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.88#17 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.7#49 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.4#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.9#48 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.31#3 FL2
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.9#99 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.8#26 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.6#38 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.07#1 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 70.4#111 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 68.9#175 C

Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.7#52 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.00#19 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.6#16 LD

Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.4#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.48#7 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 77.3#11 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.4#79 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.35#11 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 75.0#25 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.1#45 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.06#4 DL3

Nothing changes here for the Leafs. Tyler Ennis isn’t quite ready to return after his broken foot, and Andreas Johnsson inexplicably remains on the fourth line.

Expect the defense pairings to dance around a bit, with Travis Dermott playing up from time to time and (hopefully) we see some Jake Muzzin and Jake Gardiner time.

Sens Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 74.2#39 LW

Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

Rating: 78.5#30 C

Bobby Ryan
BOBBY RYAN

Rating: 72.2#77 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.95#28 FL1
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 74.0#44 LW

Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 70.8#145 C

Mark Stone
MARK STONE

Rating: 79.2#12 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.68#20 FL2
Zack Smith
ZACK SMITH

Rating: 69.2#173 LW

Jean-Gabriel Pageau
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU

Rating: 71.3#134 C

Magnus Paajarvi
MAGNUS PAAJARVI

Rating: 69.9#122 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.14#31 FL3
Christian Wolanin
CHRISTIAN WOLANIN

Rating: 73.2#50 LW

Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 71.8#115 C

Rudolfs Balcers
RUDOLFS BALCERS

Rating: 73.2#58 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.76#2 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 71.2#96 LD

Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO

Rating: 71.8#71 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 71.46#29 DL1
Maxime Lajoie
MAXIME LAJOIE

Rating: 69.7#121 LD

Cody Ceci
CODY CECI

Rating: 69.9#95 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 69.80#31 DL2
Mark Borowiecki
MARK BOROWIECKI

Rating: 67.9#128 LD

Ben Harpur
BEN HARPUR

Rating: 66.4#104 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 67.13#31 DL3

Chabot, Duchene and Stone aside… woof. This really is something.

The Senators are now dead last in the league, and it shows. They’re losers of four straight, and the Leafs should be all over this lineup tonight to try and make it five.

Starting Goalies

Andersen vs. Anderson, baby! Freddie is rocking a .923 on the season, good for 8th in the league as he continues to enjoy a stellar season. Craig, meanwhile, has been less than good, with a .906 on the season through 34 games played. Age might finally be catching up to Anderson, or the team in front of him might simply be too bad to prop up.

Notes

  • The Leafs dropped their first meeting to the Sens this year in just their second game of the season. They’ll be looking to draw even against them tonight in just their second meeting of the year.
  • Can William Nylander score goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season? He’s got six points in his last five games, and is finally starting to heat up.
  • Will Auston Matthews live up to his hot new contract in his first game since re-signing? We shall see.

Puck Drop is at 7:30pm ET on Sportsnet



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