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Leafs face Oilers for final time in the regular season

Coming off a 4-3 OT win on Saturday, the Leafs take on the Oilers for one final time this (regular) season tonight, and they’ll be doing so with Michael Hutchinson in net. In the two teams’ games this season, the Leafs are 6-1-1, and all 3 of their goalies have played (and won) against the Oilers.

Saturday was arguably Jack Campbell’s shakiest game so far this season, and the team in front of him struggled to hit the net, as well; though they finally overcame a 2-goal deficit to tie the game at 3 apiece late in the third period. And Auston Matthews finally got over his snake bite, scoring the OT winner. While the Leafs are now on a 3-game winning streak, two of those three have been in overtime, which is not necessarily ideal when the divisional race is tight.

As the Leafs look to extend their winning streak, and hopefully pull it off in regulation, the Oilers are smarting from yet another loss to a team they want to get the best of. They’ll be hungry for the win, and with Hutchinson in net for the Leafs you can bet that Edmonton will try to come out strong offensively. The Leafs will need to play tight defense, but will also need to dial up their own offense and keep the puck away from Edmonton’s dynamic duo.

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Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

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Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.3#6 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

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Rating: 76.6#18 RW

Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.8#115 LW

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John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 RW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 71.0#98 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

Edmonton Oilers

LW C RW
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL

Rating: 86.1#1 LW

Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID

Rating: 82.7#5 C

Jesse Puljujarvi
JESSE PULJUJARVI
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN

Rating: 72.5#69 LW

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

Rating: 77.4#11 C

Kailer Yamamoto
KAILER YAMAMOTO

Rating: 73.5#47 RW

Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD

Rating: 71.2#95 LW

Gaetan Haas
GAETAN HAAS

Rating: 69.6#139 C

Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN

Rating: 71.2#94 RW

Devin Shore
DEVIN SHORE

Rating: 69.6#141 LW

Jujhar Khaira
JUJHAR KHAIRA

Rating: 69.1#152 C

Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON

Rating: 72.2#76 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE

Rating: 74.1#30 LD

Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE

Rating: 75.3#21 RD

William Lagesson
WILLIAM LAGESSON
Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON

Rating: 71.1#88 RD

Kris Russell
KRIS RUSSELL

Rating: 70.1#115 LD

Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR

Rating: 71.8#66 RD

Starting Goalies

As mentioned, Hutch will be in net for the Leafs tonight, as Campbell wasn’t feeling great coming off Saturdays game, and the team is managing his workload, per Keefe. In his last game against the Oilers, Hutch recorded a shutout. However, in his last start for the Leafs (against Ottawa), he was pulled early in the first period. The thing with Hutch, as Jon and I mentioned on the Channel 6ix pod today, is that you never know which version of him you’re getting. He could record a shutout against Connor McDavid’s team, or he could get pulled against the Senators. We’ll see which version we get tonight! The Oilers are likely to give Mike Smith the start again, as he looked solid in net on Saturday for the majority of the game. While the Leafs managed to sneak out the win against him, he kept them at bay for much of the game. He’s also having an overall strong showing this season, with an 11-3-1 record and a .918 save percentage. The Leafs will have to work a bit harder tonight if they want to both keep the puck way from Hutch, and hit the net more often.

Catch the action tonight, puck drop 7pm EST on Sportsnet.