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LGD: Cruisin’ Blues

Good Afternoon – it’s a Game Day!

The Leafs are in St. Louis tonight for a date with the scorching hot St. Louis Blues. The Blues are not a team that anybody wants to face right now – winners of 10 straight with three consecutive shutouts, no less. That being said, it might be fun for the Leafs to play spoilers in Tyler Bozak’s new barn, no? Let’s get this Tuesday night party started.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.7#52 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.8#9 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.0#14 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.46#14 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.2#61 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.3#5 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.9#41 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.79#3 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 77.7#19 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.3#33 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.6#34 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 77.20#1 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 70.5#114 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.3#174 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.4#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.05#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.2#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.9#53 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.51#13 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.5#18 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.5#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.99#13 DL2
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.7#15 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.4#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.56#1 DL3

Andreas Johnsson back: good.

Tyler Ennis out: bad.

Rielly-Hainsey: sigh.

Blues Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Brayden Schenn
BRAYDEN SCHENN

Rating: 76.9#41 LW

Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY

Rating: 82.2#12 C

Vladimir Tarasenko
VLADIMIR TARASENKO

Rating: 85.1#2 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.39#2 FL1
Jaden Schwartz
JADEN SCHWARTZ

Rating: 77.6#20 LW

Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK

Rating: 73.9#69 C

Alex Steen
ALEX STEEN

Rating: 72.8#70 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.76#18 FL2
Zach Sanford
ZACH SANFORD

Rating: 72.1#83 LW

Oskar Sundqvist
OSKAR SUNDQVIST

Rating: 72.1#109 C

Patrick Maroon
PATRICK MAROON

Rating: 73.2#62 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.48#14 FL3
MacKenzie MacEachern
MACKENZIE MACEACHERN
Ivan Barbashev
IVAN BARBASHEV

Rating: 72.5#76 C

Robert Thomas
ROBERT THOMAS

Rating: 73.6#54 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.00#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.6#45 LD

Alex Pietrangelo
ALEX PIETRANGELO

Rating: 80.5#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.02#10 DL1
Jay Bouwmeester
JAY BOUWMEESTER

Rating: 72.0#76 LD

Colton Parayko
COLTON PARAYKO

Rating: 78.1#17 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.03#6 DL2
Vince Dunn
VINCE DUNN

Rating: 75.8#20 LD

Robert Bortuzzo
ROBERT BORTUZZO

Rating: 73.4#43 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.64#2 DL3

Forget Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo being trade targets – this team might be here to stay. The Blues are sitting pretty in the Central division right now, having skyrocketed all the way up to third place.

David Perron and Carl Gunnarsson are out for St. Louis at the moment, so one reunion with a former Leaf legend won’t be happening tonight.

Who’s Hot

Despite being robbed of a goal on Saturday night, William Nylander has found his game for the Leafs. Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson have been working to earn their keep, and Auston Matthews has six points in his last three games.

For the Blues, how do you go with anybody but Jordan Binnington? The rookie netminder is boasting back to back shutouts – and four in just 16 games. He’s 12-1-1 with a .937 save percentage.

Starting Goalies

The afformentioned Binnington will square up with Frederik Andersen (.923) tonight. Andersen has remained steady for the Leafs down the stretch, and has likely benefitted from a somewhat lesser workload that will hopefully keep him fresh and poised.

Notes

  • With Boston winning 6 straight and jumping to 8-0-2 in their last 10, the Leafs will be looking to keep pace in the Atlantic Division playoff race. Home ice is still easily possible, but the Bruins now sit three points up with two games in hand. Gotta get those wins.

Puck Drop is at 8pm ET on Sportsnet Ontario.

 

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