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Leafs look to make it a five game winning streak tonight against Oilers

It’s another Saturday night Leafs game, as the Leafs look to continue their winning ways and build on their league leading 7-2 record, as well as continue their current four game winning streak and sweep this two game series against the Oilers.

The Leafs and Oilers come into tonight’s game after a heated first game that saw the Leafs take a 2-0 lead before “penalty trouble” saw them blow that lead, but an Auston Matthews goal gave the Leafs a 4-3 lead, which would hold for the final score.

The other big story going into tonight’s game is that the Leafs will be debuting their Reverse Retro jerseys, which haven’t gotten the best reaction from fans. But, it will be interesting to see how they look on the ice tonight.

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Lineups

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.3#6 C

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Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 76.6#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.83#5 FL1
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

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Rating: 76.1#23 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

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Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.90#5 FL2
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 70.6#107 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.57#24 FL3
Alexander Barabanov
ALEXANDER BARABANOV
Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 71.0#98 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.22#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.76#18 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#12 DL2
Mikko Lehtonen
MIKKO LEHTONEN
Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.45#24 DL3
LW C RW Forwards
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

Rating: 77.4#11 LW

Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID

Rating: 82.7#5 C

Jesse Puljujarvi
JESSE PULJUJARVI
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.37#11 FL1
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 72.5#69 LW

Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL

Rating: 86.1#1 C

Kailer Yamamoto
KAILER YAMAMOTO

Rating: 73.5#47 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.36#1 FL2
James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 71.7#82 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 71.6#99 C

Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN

Rating: 71.2#94 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.49#20 FL3
Joakim Nygard
JOAKIM NYGARD

Rating: 72.3#67 LW

Devin Shore
DEVIN SHORE

Rating: 69.6#141 C

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 71.2#95 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.03#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE

Rating: 74.1#30 LD

Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR

Rating: 71.8#66 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.94#27 DL1
Caleb Jones
CALEB JONES

Rating: 71.0#14 LD

Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON

Rating: 71.1#88 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.05#29 DL2
Slater Koekkoek
SLATER KOEKKOEK

Rating: 71.3#78 LD

Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE

Rating: 75.3#21 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.30#7 DL3

Leafs player to watch: Auston Matthews

Matthews is currently on a four game goal scoring streak, although apparently missing a game for injury technically ends that streak, so it’s only a three game goal scoring streak. Regardless, he seems to be back into form with his goal scoring ways, and has two goals in two games against the Oilers, so we’ll see what magic he does tonight.

Oilers player to watch: Tyson Barrie

Barrie was brought on to the Oilers to help soften the blow of losing Oskar Klefbom, and so far his performance hasn’t been the best. He has just three assists in nine games, with two of them coming on the power play, and so far, he has the second worst goals above replacement in the league, behind only Seth Jones, according to Evolving Hockey’s model. He hasn’t capitalized on the “former Leaf scoring on the Leafs” curse yet, so maybe tonight will be his night.

Leafs starting goalie: Frederik Andersen

While we haven’t had confirmation yet, it’s safe to assume that Andersen will get the start tonight with the lack of goalie depth behind him. It’ll be his third straight start, currently with a 5-2 record and a .896 save percentage on the season, as well as a 2-1 record and .915 save percentage against the Oilers.

Oilers starting goalie: Mikko Koskinen

Like Andersen, Koskinen’s start isn’t confirmed, but considering that he’s started every game this season, and the Oilers lack of goalie depth, he likely gets the start tonight. He has a 3-6 record with an .895 save percentage on the season, and is 1-2 with a .901 save percentage against the Leafs.

The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet with a start time of 7:00pm EST.