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LGD: Smurf Line

Good Afternoon! It’s a Game Day.

The Leafs take to the ice in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia tonight. After a convincing 6-2 victory featuring a Tyler Ennis hat trick on Monday night, the boys in blue and white will look to build off of that momentum in the second game of their Western Canadian road swing.

(The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games – Courtesy of Oddsshark)

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#38 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 83.0#7 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 80.4#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.33#14 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 75.2#32 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.0#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.5#46 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.91#3 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.2#43 LW

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.8#47 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.4#103 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.47#8 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.5#79 LW

Nic Petan
NIC PETAN

Rating: 68.8#178 C

Trevor Moore
TREVOR MOORE

Rating: 73.6#56 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.62#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.9#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.2#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.55#12 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.1#18 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.2#78 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.65#17 DL2
Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 71.9#80 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.2#63 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.04#16 DL3

The Smurf Line. The 5’9″ Line. Call them what you will, but they’re your fourth line tonight! Frederik Gauthier is out, and goal-per-game Nic Petan is back in, centering Trevor Moore and Tyler Ennis. This is gonna be a fun one.

No Nazem Kadri still, though he did participate in his first full practice yesterday, so his recovery is moving along.

Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott remain week-to-week.

LW C RW Forwards
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.9#73 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 76.6#41 C

Nikolay Goldobin
NIKOLAY GOLDOBIN

Rating: 70.5#101 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.34#28 FL1
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.7#48 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 78.5#27 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 81.3#6 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.85#4 FL2
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 73.2#63 LW

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 71.6#112 C

Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND

Rating: 71.5#116 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.11#19 FL3
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 70.4#119 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 67.4#183 C

Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 69.1#123 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 68.99#30 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 75.5#24 LD

Alex Biega
ALEX BIEGA

Rating: 72.7#54 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.09#18 DL1
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON

Rating: 71.5#92 LD

Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER

Rating: 73.1#47 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.30#25 DL2
Ashton Sautner
ASHTON SAUTNER

Rating: 73.3#54 LD

Luke Schenn
LUKE SCHENN

Rating: 68.7#95 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.00#25 DL3

The Leafs finally get their first look at Josh Leivo tonight, who was injured when the Leafs steamrolled the Canucks 5-0 back in January. They’ll also see another familiar face in Luke Schenn (not that many are around who still remember him).

Jake Virtanen and Chris Tanev, two people who I confuse endlessly, are both injured for Vancouver, as is Brandon Sutter.

Who’s Hot

Tyler Ennis and Zach Hyman have become offensive dynamos for the Leafs out of nowhere. Ennis has five goals in his last five games, and Hyman has three in his last three.

For the Canucks… well, no one has been particularly hot, aside from Jacob Markstrom, who has been a steady presence in four of his last five starts between the pipes. He’s riding a .936 through those games, and a .914 save percentage on the season.

Starting Goalies

The aforementioned Markstrom will duke it out against Frederik Andersen, who’s up to a .924 on the season after a phenomenal performance in Calgary.

Notes

  • Rookie Elias Pettersson will face the Leafs for the first time. He was injured during the Canucks’ January visit to Toronto. Pettersson has been cold of late, with just 2 assists in his last five games, but is always a threat.
  • Speaking of cold, Auston Matthews is goalless in his last four games. Don’t expect that to last; he’s already at 30 on the season.

It’s a later one tonight, with a 9pm ET puck drop. You can catch the action on Sportsnet.