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Leafs look to snap their losing streak with another game against the Canucks

It seems like every time I tell someone (or write in a pre-game) that I’m not too bothered by a couple Leafs losses, the team decides to pull a “hold my beer” and double down. So yeah, the Leafs are in a bit of a slump – to put it mildly. But the bright side, I guess, is that they’ve managed to steal a few points out of these losses.

It was only a matter of time before Jack Campbell regressed a bit. His start this season was ridiculously impressive, and completely unsustainable. He’s also been bearing a heavy burden, suddenly a starter after coming off injury. Now, Sunday’s game was weird. There was that late Leafs goal that was definitely a goal but wasn’t counted as a goal, so the game went to OT where the Leafs lost. While the team could have played better, Campbell included, it wasn’t exactly some blowout loss, either.

Putting that aside, Sunday’s game also saw this hit on Zach Hyman:

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Alex Edler was ejected from the game and subsequently suspended, and Hyman is expected to miss two weeks minimum with a sprained MCL.

Meanwhile, Leafs practice yesterday was….interesting.

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So everything seems fine.

Of course, on the other side we have the Canucks, for whom the game Sunday was the first back after a lengthy COVID pause. The players are still getting their fitness back, and some have mixed feelings about returning to play – understandably. Braden Holtby did an admirable job in net, which is even more impressive given that he was coming back from having COVID, himself. They’ll look to make it 2/2 tonight.

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Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs

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

Nicholas Robertson
NICHOLAS ROBERTSON
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 RW

Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 C

Adam Brooks
ADAM BROOKS
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL

Rating: 72.0#61 RD

Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

Vancouver Canucks

LW C RW
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.7#38 LW

Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT

Rating: 74.8#34 C

Nils Hoglander
NILS HOGLANDER
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 70.6#107 LW

J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 78.5#7 C

Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

Marc Michaelis
MARC MICHAELIS
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER

Rating: 70.1#131 C

Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD

Rating: 70.4#124 RW

Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL

Rating: 71.0#97 LW

Tyler Graovac
TYLER GRAOVAC
Jayce Hawryluk
JAYCE HAWRYLUK

Rating: 71.0#99 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Guillaume Brisebois
GUILLAUME BRISEBOIS
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 72.6#50 RD

Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES

Rating: 75.2#15 LD

Travis Hamonic
TRAVIS HAMONIC

Rating: 72.8#45 RD

Ashton Sautner
ASHTON SAUTNER
Jalen Chatfield
JALEN CHATFIELD

Starting Goalies

With the later start time on the east coast, we won’t get official word on who is minding each net until later today. For now, we can assume the “starters”, Campbell and Holtby, will be in goal tonight. Holtby had a great showing Sunday, stopping 37 (or 36 depending how you look at it) of 39 shots. Meanwhile, Campbell was decent, stopping 21 of 24. The Leafs offense is going to need to step it up a bit if they want to cleanly win games without debatable goal calls hurting them. Overall this season, Campbell still has a very respectable 0.919 SV%, and Holtby is sitting at a  0.899 SV%. Jack has struggled his last few starts, so we’ll see if he can get back into the W column tonight.

 

Catch the action tonight, 9pm EST on Sportsnet.