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LGD: Can Matthews avoid an offer sheet?

The Leafs get going in just a couple of hours.

A few things to know!

  • Auston’s homecoming. Auston scored last time he played at this arena, way back in December of 2017.
  • Arizona sits fifth in the Pacific Division, which isn’t great, but they are ahead of the team who has Connor McDavid, which is cool.
  • Arizona is 28th in the league in goals for.
  • Arizona has scored more than four goals in a game this season just eight times this year. If the Leafs can score four, they should pick up at least one point. Then again, hockey is dumb and unpredictable, so maybe not.
  • Arizona has lost six of its last nine games. Nice

The Leafs

Lines and ratings via DailyFaceoff.com
LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.8#52 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 83.0#9 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.2#16 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.32#15 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 72.9#72 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 83.8#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.5#45 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.08#4 FL2
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#95 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.3#34 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.2#27 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.12#1 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 70.8#112 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 70.2#162 C

Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.4#71 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.13#17 FL4

The lines seemed to work last game, but it seems like only a matter of time before we see William Nylander with Auston Matthews again.

Then again, we’re just big dumb idiots who blog online so maybe not at all.

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.6#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.0#47 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.28#13 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.9#13 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.6#74 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.22#12 DL2
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.7#14 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.7#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.69#1 DL3

Well, that’s a great third pairing!

The Yotes

LW C RW Forwards
Richard Panik
RICHARD PANIK

Rating: 74.2#42 LW

Derek Stepan
DEREK STEPAN

Rating: 74.2#66 C

Vinnie Hinostroza
VINNIE HINOSTROZA

Rating: 73.2#58 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.83#31 FL1
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 74.2#64 LW

Nick Cousins
NICK COUSINS

Rating: 73.0#85 C

Clayton Keller
CLAYTON KELLER

Rating: 73.9#50 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.69#22 FL2
Christian Fischer
CHRISTIAN FISCHER

Rating: 72.5#80 LW

Jordan Weal
JORDAN WEAL

Rating: 70.4#160 C

Conor Garland
CONOR GARLAND

Rating: 74.2#49 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.38#15 FL3
Lawson Crouse
LAWSON CROUSE

Rating: 69.8#126 LW

Brad Richardson
BRAD RICHARDSON

Rating: 70.9#146 C

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 70.2#106 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.30#24 FL4

Richard Panik was cast off by a bad Leafs’ team and now he’s on Arizona’s top line. We don’t really have any other observations, but Conor Garland is about 5 foot 3 so that’s pretty fun.

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON

Rating: 76.4#18 LD

Niklas Hjalmarsson
NIKLAS HJALMARSSON

Rating: 72.1#61 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.24#20 DL1
Alex Goligoski
ALEX GOLIGOSKI

Rating: 74.2#36 LD

Jakob Chychrun
JAKOB CHYCHRUN

Rating: 73.6#44 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.90#13 DL2
Kevin Connauton
KEVIN CONNAUTON

Rating: 71.2#91 LD

Jordan Oesterle
JORDAN OESTERLE

Rating: 73.3#44 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.23#14 DL3

Good defence! We think. Average defence? Say, wasn’t OEL for Matthews supposed to be the league’s biggest blockbuster about seventeen times?

Starting goalies

Andersen for Toronto and it’s looking like Kuemper for Arizona. We know enough about Fred, but Kuemper sports a line of 13-14-5 W-L , 2.77 GAA , 0.911 SV%  to go along with 1 SO this year.

Puck drop at 7 on CBC. Would you have it any other way?