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Photo Credit: Nick Barden

Nick Robertson slots into the lineup as Toronto Maple Leafs take on Montreal Canadiens

A day after acquiring Nick Foligno and David Rittich to bolster the roster, top prospect will be the first new face in the lineup that Maple Leafs fans get to see as the team prepares for playoffs. Tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens will be only the third NHL game for Nick Robertson after a brief appearance in last year’s play-in round and a single game this season before succumbing to injury.

Considered by many to be not only the Maple Leafs top prospect, but also one of the best across the NHL, Nick Robertson could provide that extra scoring touch in the bottom six that the team has been looking to add. While the acquisitions of Foligno, Ben Hutton and Rittich will help prevent plenty of goals for Toronto, having Robertson as an option adds some much needed scoring depth for the top-heavy Maple Leafs.

With only 15 games left to play in the regular season, it’s looking increasingly likely that the first round of the playoffs will involve the first meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens since 1979. Tonight’s game, while still holding some standings implications, will largely serve as a preview on what that series could look like as the team’s coaches develop their strategies and ideal matchups leading up to the postseason.

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Lineups

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

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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

Nicholas Robertson
NICHOLAS ROBERTSON
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
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 77.7#10 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.5#29 C

Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON

Rating: 71.8#78 RW

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 75.9#25 LW

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
Jake Evans
JAKE EVANS
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN

Rating: 73.0#48 LW

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 73.4#42 RW

Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 71.7#81 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 74.2#45 C

Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 70.8#101 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 73.4#46 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 76.5#15 RD

Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.8#39 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 76.7#13 RD

Alexander Romanov
ALEXANDER ROMANOV
Otto Leskinen
OTTO LESKINEN

Starting Goaltenders

Toronto: Jack Campbell

After his worst start of the season against the Ottawa Senators, Jack will be looking to bounce back and extend his NHL record to 12 wins in a row to start the season. The team has already said that David Rittich will be available for Tuesday’s matchup against his former team, so Campbell will be the man in the net for Toronto tonight. Quickly making a name for himself as a workhorse that only blames himself, look for Campbell to come into this game with some extra motivation in a potential bounce-back game.

Montreal: Jake Allen

While there’s been no official announcement of Montreal’s starter, Jake Allen is expected to get the call for tonight’s contest. With Carey Price still nursing an injury, Jake Allen will be expected to carry the workload until Price’s return. The team has yet to play a third goalie this season, so it’s unlikely they’d throw a rookie up against the Toronto Maple Leafs offence unless it was absolutely necessary.

Where to tune in

The game kicks off at 7pm on TSN2, and TSN4.