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LGD: Prey For The Leafs

How are we all feeling? It’s a Game Day!

It’s been well over a week since the Leafs last played hockey – or so I choose to believe. Tonight, they might play some in Nashville against the Predators. One can only hope, at least.

The Leafs have lost three of their last four and have surrendered a staggering 23 goals over that span. It’s remarkable that they even mustered a win in there, but let’s hope the days of getting kicked up and down the ice are behind us.

Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Nashville – Thanks to OddsShark for this fact

Leafs Lines

C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.7#38 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.4#11 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.1#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.71#10 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 76.6#25 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.4#6 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.9#35 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.97#3 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.7#52 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.0#32 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.9#51 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.21#2 FL3
Trevor Moore
TREVOR MOORE

Rating: 73.2#63 LW

Nic Petan
NIC PETAN

Rating: 69.2#178 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 71.1#97 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.13#13 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.5#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.7#42 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.08#13 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.3#19 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.3#83 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.84#15 DL2
Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 71.1#93 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.33#17 DL3
  • Kasperi Kapanen is back! He missed the entirety of the Leafs nightmare week with a concussion, so lucky him.
  • Tyler Ennis is out, while Connor Brown stays — you know the drill.
  • Justin Holl is out after appearing in back-to-back games. Igor Ozhiganov takes his place.
  • No Jake Gardiner (back) and Travis Dermott (shoulder). The former’s prognosis has not looked good at all, while Dermott should hopefully be back soon-ish (fingers crossed).

Predators Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

Rating: 80.0#11 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 75.8#44 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

Rating: 79.8#11 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.51#11 FL1
Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 76.4#26 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 72.8#86 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 71.7#84 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.66#21 FL2
Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

Rating: 72.7#88 LW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 73.9#68 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.6#46 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.09#9 FL3
Brian Boyle
BRIAN BOYLE

Rating: 72.3#98 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 72.8#85 C

Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 72.1#74 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.43#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 82.7#1 LD

Ryan Ellis
RYAN ELLIS

Rating: 80.1#8 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 81.41#1 DL1
Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 77.2#13 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 79.2#11 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 78.16#1 DL2
Matt Irwin
MATT IRWIN

Rating: 70.4#112 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.1#93 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.26#24 DL3
  • How much money do you have on Brian Boyle potting one tonight?
  • Is that fourth line centre Kyle Turris?! Since when did the Preds get so deep down the middle?
  • No Zac Rinaldo (lol) or Dan Hamhuis for the Preds tonight. Otherwise, they’re fully healthy.

Who’s Hot

…Neither team, for starters. The Preds come into this game winners of their last two, but only after dropping five of their previous eight contests, with all three wins coming in the shootout.

With both teams getting down to the stretch run – Nashville with 9 games left and Toronto with 10 – whoever comes out on top of this one should have a major boost of confidence moving forward. The Leafs are still chasing a very real potential for home ice advantage in the playoffs, while the Preds sure would love to leapfrog the Jets for the Central Division lead, and avoid St. Louis in the first round.

Starting Goalies

  • For the Leafs, Frederik Andersen returns to the crease. He’s down to a .918 on the season after a catastrophic week that saw him get yanked twice and allow six goals in the third game, so he’ll be looking to bounce back to his usual steady self tonight.
  • Pekka Rinne starts for Nashville. He’s sitting at a .913 on the season, and while it hasn’t been a Vezina-worth campaign for him by any means, he’s still got it.

Notes

  • Dear Leafs: please win.

Puck Drop is at 8pm ET on TSN4.