Coming off a 4-3 OT win on Saturday, the Leafs take on the Oilers for one final time this (regular) season tonight, and they’ll be doing so with @Michael Hutchinson in net. In the two teams’ games this season, the Leafs are 6-1-1, and all 3 of their goalies have played (and won) against the Oilers.
Saturday was arguably @Jack Campbell’s shakiest game so far this season, and the team in front of him struggled to hit the net, as well; though they finally overcame a 2-goal deficit to tie the game at 3 apiece late in the third period. And @Auston Matthews finally got over his snake bite, scoring the OT winner. While the Leafs are now on a 3-game winning streak, two of those three have been in overtime, which is not necessarily ideal when the divisional race is tight.
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As the Leafs look to extend their winning streak, and hopefully pull it off in regulation, the Oilers are smarting from yet another loss to a team they want to get the best of. They’ll be hungry for the win, and with Hutchinson in net for the Leafs you can bet that Edmonton will try to come out strong offensively. The Leafs will need to play tight defense, but will also need to dial up their own offense and keep the puck away from Edmonton’s dynamic duo.

Tale of the Tape

Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs
LWCRW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#33 LW
Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C
Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK
Rating: 70.8#115 LW
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 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
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
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
Edmonton Oilers
LWCRW
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL
Rating: 86.1#1 LW
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Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID
Rating: 82.7#5 C
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN
Rating: 72.5#69 LW
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
Rating: 77.4#11 C
Kailer Yamamoto
KAILER YAMAMOTO
Rating: 73.5#47 RW
Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD
Rating: 71.2#95 LW
Gaetan Haas
GAETAN HAAS
Rating: 69.6#139 C
Zack Kassian
ZACK KASSIAN
Rating: 71.2#94 RW
Devin Shore
DEVIN SHORE
Rating: 69.6#141 LW
Jujhar Khaira
JUJHAR KHAIRA
Rating: 69.1#152 C
Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON
Rating: 72.2#76 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE
Rating: 74.1#30 LD
Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.3#21 RD
Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON
Rating: 71.1#88 RD
Kris Russell
KRIS RUSSELL
Rating: 70.1#115 LD
Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR
Rating: 71.8#66 RD

Starting Goalies

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As mentioned, Hutch will be in net for the Leafs tonight, as Campbell wasn’t feeling great coming off Saturdays game, and the team is managing his workload, per Keefe. In his last game against the Oilers, Hutch recorded a shutout. However, in his last start for the Leafs (against Ottawa), he was pulled early in the first period. The thing with Hutch, as Jon and I mentioned on the Channel 6ix pod today, is that you never know which version of him you’re getting. He could record a shutout against @Connor McDavid’s team, or he could get pulled against the Senators. We’ll see which version we get tonight! The Oilers are likely to give @Mike Smith the start again, as he looked solid in net on Saturday for the majority of the game. While the Leafs managed to sneak out the win against him, he kept them at bay for much of the game. He’s also having an overall strong showing this season, with an 11-3-1 record and a .918 save percentage. The Leafs will have to work a bit harder tonight if they want to both keep the puck way from Hutch, and hit the net more often.

Catch the action tonight, puck drop 7pm EST on Sportsnet.