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Leafs look to have another strong game against Canucks

Going into their four day break, there were many concerns that the Leafs performance was a bit deceiving do to their xGF numbers and reliance on the power play for their offense. But after a bit of rest and a strong game against the Canucks that saw them dominate for all three periods, there’s a bit less concern.

We saw a pretty entertaining first game in this three game series against the Canucks, as all the Leafs big guns showed up, highlighted by Matthews’ two goals and Marner & Nylander’s three point games. But there was no bigger story than Jason Spezza’s hat trick, which I bet you probably didn’t have on your bingo cards for this season.

The Leafs look to continue this strong play from the big guys and the depth players tonight, while the Canucks look to put an end to a three game losing streak. Of their six wins, only two of them have come against teams with an above .500 record, while three of them have come from the Senators. They’ll be looking to get a win against one of the few competitive teams in the division.

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Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

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Rating: 82.3#6 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 76.6#18 RW

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FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.83#4 FL1
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

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Rating: 77.6#15 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.64#11 FL2
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 70.6#107 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.83#16 FL3
Nic Petan
NIC PETAN
Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD

Rating: 70.4#124 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.03#25 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#16 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#10 DL2
Mikko Lehtonen
MIKKO LEHTONEN
Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.45#24 DL3

Vancouver Canucks

LW C RW Forwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 78.5#7 LW

Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON

Rating: 77.7#14 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#8 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.7#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON

Rating: 69.7#123 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.73#22 FL2
Nils Hoglander
NILS HOGLANDER
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 C

Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE

Rating: 70.2#130 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.15#27 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE

Rating: 68.8#144 LW

Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE

Rating: 68.4#163 C

Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#97 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.39#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT

Rating: 75.5#18 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#50 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.02#22 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#15 LD

Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 70.9#101 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.04#15 DL2
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER

Rating: 74.3#26 LD

Jalen Chatfield
JALEN CHATFIELD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.31#3 DL3

Leafs player to watch: Mikko Lehtonen

With Lehtonen already seeming to have fallen out of favour with Sheldon Keefe, Travis Dermott’s injury is probably going to be his big opportunity to show that he should be in the lineup. If he gets a few consecutive games in, maybe he can finally get a groove going and adjust to the NHL game. We’ll see if he can get that started tonight.

Canucks player to watch: Quinn Hughes

Hughes has probably been one of the few Canucks players actually playing well this season, and he currently leads all defensemen in points, so he’ll be a big threat for the Leafs tonight. He had a bad first game against the Leafs (but then again, who didn’t on the Canucks), so it’ll be interesting to see how he rebounds tonight.

Leafs starting goalie: Probably Frederik Andersen

It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but considering it’s just their second game in a week and they’ve been giving the starts to Freddie pretty consistently since Campbell’s injury, the Leafs will probably go with Andersen tonight.

Canucks starting goalie: Braden Holtby

After the Leafs lit up Thatcher Demko on Thursday, the Canucks will turn to Holtby in hopes of a better performance. He’s 3-3 on the year with a .896 save percentage. He’s 10-5-1 with a .924 save percentage all time against the Leafs, but a lot of that comes from his prime years when the Caps were really good and the Leafs weren’t.

Tonight’s game will be on CBC and SN at 7:00pm EST.