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Can the Leafs make it a 5-game win streak tonight against the Canadiens?

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Ryan Hobart
1 year ago
At 7:30pm tonight our beloved Maple Leafs will take on the storied rival Montreal Canadiens. Having won their last 4 games out in Alberta and Manitoba, they return home tonight to face Montreal at the start of a short 2-game home stand.
The Canadiens have held their own this year, but haven’t been the second-best team in Canada as seemingly everyone had projected. Instead, they sit in 4th in the division, but with a healthy lead over the faltering Canucks and Flames. The Leafs have cleared their way through the division so far, as expected, but a fair set of challenges still remain, including a race for the President’s Trophy, where they currently sit tied for 3rd with the Carolina Hurricanes behind the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche.

Tale of the Tape

Let’s see how Toronto and Montreal stack up against each other, using our own Mark Norman’s “Tale of the Tape” visualization:
The Habs are boasting a pretty solid set of 5-on-5 stats, but haven’t found that success translate to the winning column as much as Toronto has.

Toronto’s Lines

Here’s how Toronto’s team will look tonight:
LWCRWForwards

ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#33 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.83#6 FL1

ALEX GALCHENYUK
Rating: 70.8#115 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#11 FL2

MIKHAIL ABRAMOV

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 71.0#98 C

WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.63#24 FL3

JOE THORNTON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.83#17 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. BRODIE
Rating: 74.2#27 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.76#15 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#14 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 71.7#83 LD

ZACH BOGOSIAN
Rating: 71.4#76 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.56#23 DL3

Montreal’s Lines

After a devastating loss in Brendan Gallagher, Montreal will ice this lineup tonight, featuring their recently-acquired Eric Staal:
LWCRWForwards

COREY PERRY
Rating: 70.8#101 LW

NICK SUZUKI

JOSH ANDERSON
Rating: 73.4#42 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 72.09#28 FL1

JONATHAN DROUIN
Rating: 73.0#48 LW

ERIC STAAL
Rating: 74.2#45 C

TYLER TOFFOLI
Rating: 75.9#25 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.37#12 FL2

TOMAS TATAR
Rating: 77.7#10 LW

PHILLIP DANAULT
Rating: 75.5#29 C

JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.61#1 FL3

PAUL BYRON
Rating: 71.8#78 LW

JAKE EVANS

ARTTURI LEHKONEN
Rating: 71.7#81 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.77#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense

JOEL EDMUNDSON
Rating: 73.8#39 LD

SHEA WEBER
Rating: 76.5#15 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.13#11 DL1

BRETT KULAK
Rating: 73.4#46 LD

JEFF PETRY
Rating: 76.7#13 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.07#3 DL2

ALEXANDER ROMANOV

VICTOR METE
Rating: 72.2#70 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.20#13 DL3

Starting Goalies

Both team’s nominal starters Frederik Andersen and Carey Price are out with injury, so the backups who have outperformed them are center stage in Jake Allen and Jack Campbell.
See you tonight for a 7:30 pm EST puck drop on Sportsnet!

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