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Jack Campbell goes for NHL record as Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators

So this is what having a top tier goalie feels like?

Since arriving in Toronto, Jack Campbell has given Toronto Maple Leafs fans a feeling they haven’t felt in nearly 20 years, a sense of trust in the ability to win low-scoring games as much as they can win high scoring ones. Tonight he’ll be looking for his 11th straight win to start the season which would set the all-time NHL record, breaking a current tie with Carey Price.

Standing in his way are the Ottawa Senators who despite their position at the bottom of the North Division have refused to roll over against the Leafs, winning three of seven games between the two Ontario rivals. In a year where the draft lacks a clear franchise player, there’s been less of a push for bottom feeding teams to tank, so the young Senators have been playing for pride and developing their future stars in Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk, and Tim Stützle.

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If Toronto wants to prove to the rest of the league that it deserves a position at the top of the standings, they will have to show that they can dominant games when necessary. A game against a local rival, while your netminder is going for an NHL record is just about as necessary a win as they get during the regular season. The only question left, is can the boys in blue show up when it matters most?

Adding to the drama is this could be the last game as a Maple Leaf for a number of players on the roster. With the trade deadline set for Monday at 3pm, a few skaters further down the lineup could see themselves traded, or their position on the team taken by a new acquisition. More than just a regular season game, tonight’s matchup is also an audition for why some players deserve to stay for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

Tale of the Tape

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Lineups

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LW C RW
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.8#115 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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Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 74.6#33 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

Alexander Barabanov
ALEXANDER BARABANOV
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

LW C RW
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 75.0#27 LW

Josh Norris
JOSH NORRIS
Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 71.2#105 RW

Tim Stützle
TIM STÜTZLE
Mike Amadio
MIKE AMADIO

Rating: 69.2#151 C

Drake Batherson
DRAKE BATHERSON
Alex Formenton
ALEX FORMENTON
Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 72.2#77 C

Evgenii Dadonov
EVGENII DADONOV

Rating: 73.1#53 RW

Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 70.2#117 LW

Clark Bishop
CLARK BISHOP
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 72.6#66 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 74.5#23 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.5#97 RD

Mike Reilly
MIKE REILLY

Rating: 72.4#64 LD

Artem Zub
ARTEM ZUB
Erik Brannstrom
ERIK BRANNSTROM
Erik Gudbranson
ERIK GUDBRANSON

Rating: 71.3#77 RD

Starting Goaltenders

Toronto: Jack Campbell

The friendliest man in the NHL goes for his eleventh straight win to start the season as he continues to show he’s more than just a backup goalie. After being placed on IR this week, Andersen’s role on the team is quickly diminishing and at the current rate, it’s expected that Campbell will continue to hold starting duties even when Freddie returns. Locked up for another season on his current contract, Campbell is giving the Leafs both short and long term security for the foreseeable future.

Ottawa: Anton Forsberg

Forsberg has been impressive since joining the Senators, posting a respectable .918 save percentage and nearly beating the Leafs in his first ever start for Ottawa. After bouncing around a few teams to start the season, Forsberg seems to have finally landed on a team willing to keep him, and his numbers so far have shown that’s the correct choice. With Matt Murray and his $6.25 million/year contract struggling, Forsberg’s netminding heroics at league minimum have been a welcome reprieve for the cash-concerned Senators.

Where to tune in?

The game is scheduled to start at 7pm on CBC and Sportsnet Ontario.