A day after acquiring Nick Foligno and David Rittich to bolster the roster, top prospect will be the first new face in the lineup that Maple Leafs fans get to see as the team prepares for playoffs. Tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens will be only the third NHL game for Nick Robertson after a brief appearance in last year’s play-in round and a single game this season before succumbing to injury.
Considered by many to be not only the Maple Leafs top prospect, but also one of the best across the NHL, Nick Robertson could provide that extra scoring touch in the bottom six that the team has been looking to add. While the acquisitions of Foligno, Ben Hutton and Rittich will help prevent plenty of goals for Toronto, having Robertson as an option adds some much needed scoring depth for the top-heavy Maple Leafs.
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With only 15 games left to play in the regular season, it’s looking increasingly likely that the first round of the playoffs will involve the first meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens since 1979. Tonight’s game, while still holding some standings implications, will largely serve as a preview on what that series could look like as the team’s coaches develop their strategies and ideal matchups leading up to the postseason.
Lineups
LWCRW
Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK
Rating: 70.8#115 LW
Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.3#6 C
Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER
Rating: 76.6#18 RW
Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.0#42 LW
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 77.6#15 C
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.6#33 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
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
LWCRW
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR
Rating: 77.7#10 LW
Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT
Rating: 75.5#29 C
Paul Byron
PAUL BYRON
Rating: 71.8#78 RW
Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI
Rating: 75.9#25 LW
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN
Rating: 73.0#48 LW
Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON
Rating: 73.4#42 RW
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN
Rating: 71.7#81 LW
Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL
Rating: 74.2#45 C
Corey Perry
COREY PERRY
Rating: 70.8#101 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK
Rating: 73.4#46 LD
Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER
Rating: 76.5#15 RD
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON
Rating: 73.8#39 LD
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Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY
Rating: 76.7#13 RD
Starting Goaltenders
Toronto: Jack Campbell
After his worst start of the season against the Ottawa Senators, Jack will be looking to bounce back and extend his NHL record to 12 wins in a row to start the season. The team has already said that David Rittich will be available for Tuesday’s matchup against his former team, so Campbell will be the man in the net for Toronto tonight. Quickly making a name for himself as a workhorse that only blames himself, look for Campbell to come into this game with some extra motivation in a potential bounce-back game.
Montreal: Jake Allen
While there’s been no official announcement of Montreal’s starter, Jake Allen is expected to get the call for tonight’s contest. With Carey Price still nursing an injury, Jake Allen will be expected to carry the workload until Price’s return. The team has yet to play a third goalie this season, so it’s unlikely they’d throw a rookie up against the Toronto Maple Leafs offence unless it was absolutely necessary.
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Where to tune in
The game kicks off at 7pm on TSN2, and TSN4.