Going into their four day break, there were many concerns that the Leafs performance was a bit deceiving do to their xGF numbers and reliance on the power play for their offense. But after a bit of rest and a strong game against the Canucks that saw them dominate for all three periods, there’s a bit less concern.
We saw a pretty entertaining first game in this three game series against the Canucks, as all the Leafs big guns showed up, highlighted by Matthews’ two goals and Marner & Nylander’s three point games. But there was no bigger story than Jason Spezza’s hat trick, which I bet you probably didn’t have on your bingo cards for this season.
The Leafs look to continue this strong play from the big guys and the depth players tonight, while the Canucks look to put an end to a three game losing streak. Of their six wins, only two of them have come against teams with an above .500 record, while three of them have come from the Senators. They’ll be looking to get a win against one of the few competitive teams in the division.
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Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs
LWCRWForwards
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
FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.83#4 FL1
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.1#23 LW
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C
Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS
Rating: 70.2#112 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.64#11 FL2
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY
Rating: 70.6#107 LW
Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 70.8#113 C
Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.83#16 FL3
Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD
Rating: 70.4#124 C
Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.4#126 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.03#25 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#16 DL1
Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.1#17 LD
Justin Holl
JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.0#61 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.56#10 DL2
Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN
Rating: 71.4#76 RD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.45#24 DL3
Vancouver Canucks
LWCRWForwards
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER
Rating: 78.5#7 LW
Elias Pettersson
ELIAS PETTERSSON
Rating: 77.7#14 C
Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER
Rating: 74.1#41 RW
FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.78#8 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON
Rating: 73.7#38 LW
Bo Horvat
BO HORVAT
Rating: 74.8#34 C
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON
Rating: 69.7#123 RW
FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.73#22 FL2
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER
Rating: 70.1#131 C
Adam Gaudette
ADAM GAUDETTE
Rating: 70.2#130 RW
FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.15#27 FL3
Tyler Motte
TYLER MOTTE
Rating: 68.8#144 LW
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Rating: 68.4#163 C
Antoine Roussel
ANTOINE ROUSSEL
Rating: 71.0#97 RW
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.39#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGSDefense
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT
Rating: 75.5#18 LD
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Rating: 72.6#50 RD
DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.02#22 DL1
Quinn Hughes
QUINN HUGHES
Rating: 75.2#15 LD
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 RD
DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.04#15 DL2
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER
Rating: 74.3#26 LD
DL3 Rating
Rating: 74.31#3 DL3

Leafs player to watch: Mikko Lehtonen

With Lehtonen already seeming to have fallen out of favour with Sheldon Keefe, Travis Dermott’s injury is probably going to be his big opportunity to show that he should be in the lineup. If he gets a few consecutive games in, maybe he can finally get a groove going and adjust to the NHL game. We’ll see if he can get that started tonight.
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Canucks player to watch: Quinn Hughes

Hughes has probably been one of the few Canucks players actually playing well this season, and he currently leads all defensemen in points, so he’ll be a big threat for the Leafs tonight. He had a bad first game against the Leafs (but then again, who didn’t on the Canucks), so it’ll be interesting to see how he rebounds tonight.

Leafs starting goalie: Probably Frederik Andersen

It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but considering it’s just their second game in a week and they’ve been giving the starts to Freddie pretty consistently since Campbell’s injury, the Leafs will probably go with Andersen tonight.

Canucks starting goalie: Braden Holtby

After the Leafs lit up Thatcher Demko on Thursday, the Canucks will turn to Holtby in hopes of a better performance. He’s 3-3 on the year with a .896 save percentage. He’s 10-5-1 with a .924 save percentage all time against the Leafs, but a lot of that comes from his prime years when the Caps were really good and the Leafs weren’t.
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Tonight’s game will be on CBC and SN at 7:00pm EST.