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LGD: Halting the Skid vs. the Habs

Happy Saturday everybody!

The Leafs are eyeing a couple streaks heading into tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. First, they want to extend their six game win streak against the Habs, extending all the way back to the start of last season. Also, they’re looking to put an end to their first three game losing streak of the season, most recently a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, so there seems to be a lot riding on this game.

The Habs are kicking off a four game road trip, having won their last two games against Philadelphia and Columbus.

Forward Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 73.3#57 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.8#13 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.3#14 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.80#15 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 75.8#31 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.2#5 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.7#43 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.55#2 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.1#63 LW

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.4#51 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.4#109 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.96#9 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 69.1#137 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 67.7#180 C

Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.0#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.60#29 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.4#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.3#62 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.88#14 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 77.0#14 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.8#73 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.43#11 DL2
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.1#19 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.8#39 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.96#1 DL3
-Kadri is still out, which means that the forward lines will remain roughly the same, aside from the Marleau and Johnsson swap, which happened mid-game on Thursday.
-Defense also looks about the same, although Jake Gardiner isn’t 100% guaranteed to be in the lineup tonight. Whether he’s got a minor injury, soiled himself, or getting traded for Malkin, we won’t know, but apparently he’s supposed to be in the lineup.

Habs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN

Rating: 76.1#29 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.5#50 C

Brendan Gallagher
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

Rating: 78.1#17 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.58#20 FL1
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 77.3#20 LW

Max Domi
MAX DOMI

Rating: 75.0#56 C

Andrew Shaw
ANDREW SHAW

Rating: 73.6#53 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.31#18 FL2
Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON

Rating: 75.9#47 LW

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI

Rating: 74.4#59 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.2#76 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.15#4 FL3
Matthew Peca
MATTHEW PECA

Rating: 70.2#118 LW

Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 67.6#181 C

Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 73.0#60 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.27#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE

Rating: 72.2#71 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 79.1#13 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.65#15 DL1
Mike Reilly
MIKE REILLY

Rating: 72.2#72 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 77.5#19 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#9 DL2
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 71.6#85 LD

Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.8#58 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.20#13 DL3

Barring any sudden deals, the Habs look to be icing this lineup tonight, which is basically identical to their lineup from a couple Saturdays ago.

Who’s Hot

-Johnsson has been on a tear recently for the Buds, with six goals and 10 points in his last eight games. The Habs better watch out for the Mango tonight.

-While Carey Price hasn’t been himself for most of the year, he’s coming in red hot, with a .933 save percentage in his last five games. In fact, his last bad game came a couple Saturdays ago against the Leafs.

Starting Goalies

While neither has been confirmed to this point, the likely starters will be Andersen (.923) for the Leafs and Price (.917) for the Habs. Despite the recent slide, Andersen has been his usual self and keeping the Leafs in games. Price, as mentioned before, is coming in a on a bit of a hot streak, but keep in mind that his last bad game also came against the Leafs.

As usual on a Saturday night, the game will be on CBC at 7pm.