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Leafs look to put strangehold on series on second half of back-to-back

Less than 24 hours after securing a 2-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs will take to the ice again tonight for Game 4 of the series. A loss sends the Leafs back home with the series tied once again, but a win will pull the series victory to within striking distance and set up a date in the second round with the Winnipeg Jets.

Sheldon Keefe has a media availability at 5 p.m. so we won’t know until then if there will be any lineup changes (such as the return of Nick Foligno after his sudden absence last night) or who the starting goaltender will be. At this moment however, all signs point towards Jack Campbell playing.

Per Arpon Basu of The Athletic, the Canadiens have several game-time decisions to make, including Artturi Lehkonen. Head coach Dominique Ducharme wouldn’t reveal anything further than that. One thing that he did confirm however, was this:

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With that, let’s get to the expected lineups:

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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Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 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

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 69.7#137 C

Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 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

Rasmus Sandin
RASMUS SANDIN

Rating: 72.3#69 LD

Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN

Rating: 71.4#76 RD

Montreal Canadiens

LW C RW
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 77.7#10 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.5#29 C

Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 73.4#42 RW

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 73.1#54 LW

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
Cole Caufield
COLE CAUFIELD
Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 75.9#25 LW

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
Brendan Gallagher
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

Rating: 78.3#7 RW

Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON

Rating: 71.8#78 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 74.2#45 C

Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 70.8#101 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 73.8#38 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

Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 73.4#46 LD

Jon Merrill
JON MERRILL

Rating: 72.6#54 RD

*Note that Eric Staal is listed as a game-time decision.

Starting Goalies

Maple Leafs: Jack Campbell

This is pure speculation at this point, as mentioned above, Keefe’s pre-game media availability is not for another couple of hours. Campbell has been exceptional thus far, limiting the Canadiens to 4 goals throughout the first three games of the series. With Price confirmed to be starting, it’s no long stretch of the imagination to believe that Keefe will do the same with his starting goaltender, rather than bring in a cold Frederik Andersen.

Canadiens: Carey Price

As confirmed above by Habs media, Price gets the nod for Game 4 and as has been the case for every game this far this series, it’s impossible to predict which Price will show up to play: the vintage, perennial Vezina nominee or the much more human Price that has been seen throughout the last four years. We certainly hope it’s the latter, but as always, it’s a wait-and-see situation.

Catch all the action on Sportsnet and CBC starting at 7:30pm EST!