It’s another Saturday night Leafs game, as the Leafs look to continue their winning ways and build on their league leading 7-2 record, as well as continue their current four game winning streak and sweep this two game series against the Oilers.
The Leafs and Oilers come into tonight’s game after a heated first game that saw the Leafs take a 2-0 lead before “penalty trouble” saw them blow that lead, but an Auston Matthews goal gave the Leafs a 4-3 lead, which would hold for the final score.
The other big story going into tonight’s game is that the Leafs will be debuting their Reverse Retro jerseys, which haven’t gotten the best reaction from fans. But, it will be interesting to see how they look on the ice tonight.

Lineups

LWCRWForwards
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
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.83#5 FL1
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 LW
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C
Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.90#5 FL2
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY
Rating: 70.6#107 LW
Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C
Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.57#24 FL3
Pierre Engvall
PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 71.0#98 C
Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.22#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
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#18 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD
Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#12 DL2
Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN
Rating: 71.4#76 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.45#24 DL3
LWCRWForwards
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
Rating: 77.4#11 LW
Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID
Rating: 82.7#5 C
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.37#11 FL1
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN
Rating: 72.5#69 LW
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL
Rating: 86.1#1 C
Kailer Yamamoto
KAILER YAMAMOTO
Rating: 73.5#47 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.36#1 FL2
James Neal
JAMES NEAL
Rating: 71.7#82 LW
Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS
Rating: 71.6#99 C
Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN
Rating: 71.2#94 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.49#20 FL3
Joakim Nygard
JOAKIM NYGARD
Rating: 72.3#67 LW
Devin Shore
DEVIN SHORE
Rating: 69.6#141 C
Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD
Rating: 71.2#95 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.03#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE
Rating: 74.1#30 LD
Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR
Rating: 71.8#66 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.94#27 DL1
Caleb Jones
CALEB JONES
Rating: 71.0#14 LD
Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON
Rating: 71.1#88 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.05#29 DL2
Slater Koekkoek
SLATER KOEKKOEK
Rating: 71.3#78 LD
Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.3#21 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.30#7 DL3

Leafs player to watch: Auston Matthews

Matthews is currently on a four game goal scoring streak, although apparently missing a game for injury technically ends that streak, so it’s only a three game goal scoring streak. Regardless, he seems to be back into form with his goal scoring ways, and has two goals in two games against the Oilers, so we’ll see what magic he does tonight.

Oilers player to watch: Tyson Barrie

Barrie was brought on to the Oilers to help soften the blow of losing Oskar Klefbom, and so far his performance hasn’t been the best. He has just three assists in nine games, with two of them coming on the power play, and so far, he has the second worst goals above replacement in the league, behind only Seth Jones, according to Evolving Hockey’s model. He hasn’t capitalized on the “former Leaf scoring on the Leafs” curse yet, so maybe tonight will be his night.
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Leafs starting goalie: Frederik Andersen

While we haven’t had confirmation yet, it’s safe to assume that Andersen will get the start tonight with the lack of goalie depth behind him. It’ll be his third straight start, currently with a 5-2 record and a .896 save percentage on the season, as well as a 2-1 record and .915 save percentage against the Oilers.

Oilers starting goalie: Mikko Koskinen

Like Andersen, Koskinen’s start isn’t confirmed, but considering that he’s started every game this season, and the Oilers lack of goalie depth, he likely gets the start tonight. He has a 3-6 record with an .895 save percentage on the season, and is 1-2 with a .901 save percentage against the Leafs.
The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet with a start time of 7:00pm EST.