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Can the Leafs make it a 5-game win streak tonight against the Canadiens?

At 7:30pm tonight our beloved Maple Leafs will take on the storied rival Montreal Canadiens. Having won their last 4 games out in Alberta and Manitoba, they return home tonight to face Montreal at the start of a short 2-game home stand.

The Canadiens have held their own this year, but haven’t been the second-best team in Canada as seemingly everyone had projected. Instead, they sit in 4th in the division, but with a healthy lead over the faltering Canucks and Flames. The Leafs have cleared their way through the division so far, as expected, but a fair set of challenges still remain, including a race for the President’s Trophy, where they currently sit tied for 3rd with the Carolina Hurricanes behind the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche.

Tale of the Tape

Let’s see how Toronto and Montreal stack up against each other, using our own Mark Norman’s “Tale of the Tape” visualization:

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The Habs are boasting a pretty solid set of 5-on-5 stats, but haven’t found that success translate to the winning column as much as Toronto has.

Toronto’s Lines

Here’s how Toronto’s team will look tonight:

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

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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#6 FL1
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

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Rating: 70.8#115 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#11 FL2
Mikhail Abramov
MIKHAIL ABRAMOV
Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL

Rating: 71.0#98 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.63#24 FL3
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

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.83#17 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#15 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#14 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.56#23 DL3

Montreal’s Lines

After a devastating loss in Brendan Gallagher, Montreal will ice this lineup tonight, featuring their recently-acquired Eric Staal:

LW C RW Forwards
Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 70.8#101 LW

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 73.4#42 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.09#28 FL1
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN

Rating: 73.0#48 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 74.2#45 C

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 75.9#25 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.37#12 FL2
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 77.7#10 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.5#29 C

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.61#1 FL3
Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON

Rating: 71.8#78 LW

Jake Evans
JAKE EVANS
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 71.7#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.77#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.8#39 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 76.5#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.13#11 DL1
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 73.4#46 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 76.7#13 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.07#3 DL2
Alexander Romanov
ALEXANDER ROMANOV
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE

Rating: 72.2#70 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.20#13 DL3

Starting Goalies

Both team’s nominal starters Frederik Andersen and Carey Price are out with injury, so the backups who have outperformed them are center stage in Jake Allen and Jack Campbell.

See you tonight for a 7:30 pm EST puck drop on Sportsnet!