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LGD: Hurry, Canes!

Good morning!

Fresh off of their playoff-clinching victory in Brooklyn last night, the Leafs are back at it tonight, hosting the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Arena.

The Canes are coming off of a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that’s left their playoff hopes still uncertain. With the Canadiens and Blue Jackets both in action tonight as well, tonight marks the most important game of the Hurricanes’ season to date.

The Leafs, then, will look to play spoilers – a win could put the Hurricanes’ playoff hopes in jeopardy, while a loss could make Saturday’s regular season finale all the more meaningful for the Montreal Canadiens.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 75.5#37 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 83.8#8 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 79.3#13 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.53#8 FL1
Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.0#49 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 84.5#6 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.2#28 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.24#2 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 72.9#71 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.4#35 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 71.1#95 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.83#5 FL3
Trevor Moore
TREVOR MOORE

Rating: 72.7#77 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.4#178 C

Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 72.3#73 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.46#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.8#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 73.5#47 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.64#11 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 76.7#18 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.6#76 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.14#12 DL2
Calle Rosen
CALLE ROSEN

Rating: 73.3#55 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.2#35 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.77#3 DL3
  • Andreas Johnsson could make his way back into the lineup tonight, which would likely slide Connor Brown back onto the fourth line, Kasperi Kapanen onto the third, and bump one of Trevor Moore or Tyler Ennis into the press box.
  • Jake Gardiner (back) remains out, which means Calle Rosen looks to make it 2 goals in 2 games as he makes his second appearance of the season.

Hurricanes Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 77.5#20 LW

Sebastian Aho
SEBASTIAN AHO

Rating: 81.2#6 C

Justin Williams
JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Rating: 77.6#19 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.76#12 FL1
Andrei Svechnikov
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV

Rating: 74.7#44 LW

Jordan Staal
JORDAN STAAL

Rating: 77.6#34 C

Teuvo Teravainen
TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Rating: 79.8#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.39#5 FL2
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 73.1#66 LW

Lucas Wallmark
LUCAS WALLMARK

Rating: 72.2#98 C

Jordan Martinook
JORDAN MARTINOOK

Rating: 71.2#91 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.20#19 FL3
Brock McGinn
BROCK MCGINN

Rating: 72.1#84 LW

Greg McKegg
GREG MCKEGG

Rating: 69.3#181 C

Warren Foegele
WARREN FOEGELE

Rating: 70.9#99 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.76#19 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jaccob Slavin
JACCOB SLAVIN

Rating: 77.1#14 LD

Dougie Hamilton
DOUGIE HAMILTON

Rating: 79.6#12 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.35#6 DL1
Brett Pesce
BRETT PESCE

Rating: 76.7#24 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 78.2#17 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 77.45#3 DL2
Haydn Fleury
HAYDN FLEURY

Rating: 70.6#115 LD

Trevor van Riemsdyk
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 72.8#60 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.67#16 DL3
  • Look at this fun and good list of players who didn’t get traded for WIlliam Nylander!
  • Clark Bishop and Calvin de Hann are out for the Canes tonight. Haydn Fleury is back up, playing his first game since March 19th.

Who’s Hot

  • 50 Goals is still theoretically within reach for John Tavares, with three games left to put up four. Can he do it?
  • Likewise, Auston Matthews needs three goals to hit 40 for the second time in three seasons – and this time after missing 13 games in the fall.
  • Dougie Hamilton has two goals in his last four games, and Sebastian Aho has put up 30 goals and 82 points as a 21-year old.

Starting Goalies

  • Garret Sparks (.901) gets the nod for the Leafs. He’s searching for redemption after a nightmare outing in Ottawa on Saturday.
  • Petr Mrazek (.911) starts for the Hurricanes, which means we don’t get to lose our minds watching Sparks vs. McElhinney. Shame!

Puck drop is at 7:30pm ET on TSN4!