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LGD: Kapan-out

Goooood afternoon!

The Leafs host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Scotiabank Arena. The last time these teams met, the Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit in a 7-6 barn-burner that featured Garret Sparks being Garret Sparks, and Auston Matthews clicking with Kasperi Kapanen for some early magic in the pre-Nylander days.

Now, William Nylander is reunited with Auston Matthews, and Kasperi Kapanen is sidelined with a concussion. Can Willy and Auston find the same magic tonight?

Leafs Lines

Last update: March 11, 2019
LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#35 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 83.4#5 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 80.2#10 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.41#10 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 74.3#38 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 83.0#8 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 74.8#41 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.34#7 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.0#70 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.3#30 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.9#111 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.72#8 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 73.4#58 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 68.9#179 C

Trevor Moore
TREVOR MOORE

Rating: 73.6#53 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.99#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.4#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.6#43 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.97#11 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.1#19 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.8#73 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.97#14 DL2
Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 71.3#93 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 71.7#77 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.49#17 DL3

No surprises here, aside from Kapanen. Nic Petan is the odd man out on the fourth line, while Gardiner (back) and Dermott (shoulder) continue to be week-to-week.

Chicago Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Brandon Saad
BRANDON SAAD

Rating: 73.9#49 LW

Jonathan Toews
JONATHAN TOEWS

Rating: 78.8#23 C

Dylan Sikura
DYLAN SIKURA

Rating: 72.2#73 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.97#23 FL1
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 71.6#114 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 72.0#104 C

Patrick Kane
PATRICK KANE

Rating: 83.8#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.80#11 FL2
Alex DeBrincat
ALEX DEBRINCAT

Rating: 80.0#12 LW

Dylan Strome
DYLAN STROME

Rating: 72.8#86 C

Brendan Perlini
BRENDAN PERLINI

Rating: 71.5#86 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.76#1 FL3
Chris Kunitz
CHRIS KUNITZ

Rating: 70.7#114 LW

David Kampf
DAVID KAMPF

Rating: 71.3#131 C

Marcus Kruger
MARCUS KRUGER

Rating: 70.2#159 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.75#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Duncan Keith
DUNCAN KEITH

Rating: 73.4#52 LD

Erik Gustafsson
ERIK GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 75.1#27 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.26#18 DL1
Gustav Forsling
GUSTAV FORSLING

Rating: 71.0#99 LD

Brent Seabrook
BRENT SEABROOK

Rating: 72.1#66 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.52#30 DL2
Carl Dahlstrom
CARL DAHLSTROM

Rating: 70.9#102 LD

Connor Murphy
CONNOR MURPHY

Rating: 71.6#80 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.23#19 DL3

Chicago has quietly been making a push for the playoffs in the disastrous Western Conference bubble, but it’s more of a pipe dream than anything at this point. They sit six points out of a playoff spot, albeit with a game in hand on Arizona.

Drake Caggiula and Cam Ward are the only injuries for the Blackhawks – the latter arguably being a great addition by subtraction.

Who’s Hot

Alex DeBrincat is closing in on 40 goals in his sophomore season; he’s likely going to hit it in his sleep at this rate. He’s got 37 through 69 games – how aren’t more people talking about this?

…because John Tavares has 38 goals! It’s a race to 40 for the two players, and if the score is anything like October’s (when Tavares netted a hat trick), they bpth just might do it tonight.

Starting Goalies

Corey Crawford (.901) will battle Frederik Andersen (.922) tonight. Andersen was mercy-pulled against the Lightning on Monday night, but he hasn’t had many bad games this season. Crawford has put up back to back >.960 games for Chicago, but otherwise hasn’t been lights-out this season by any means through 28 games.

Notes

  • Tonight is Game 70 on the season. We’re getting down the stretch here…
  • Speaking of Game 70, the Bruins lost in their 70th game of the season last night. The Leafs can pull to within 2 points of catching them with a win tonight.

It’s a national broadcast on both sides of the border tonight (because Chicago!) – you can catch this one on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

 

 

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