Puck Drop: 7:00 ET Leafs TV
Fresh off of first shutout of the year we've lost starting goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to another catheter ablation and so Joey MacDonald gets the start. Ordinarily this would be a total disaster but at least Vesa Toskala isn't starting.
The last time we played Columbus was 2/19/2009, the day after Tlusty's five goal game when another one of our prospects Justin Pogge stunk out the joint in the shootout after playing a decent game. What I'm getting at here is that Joey MacDonald is a lot better than Justin Pogge.
If the team plays stifling defense against Columbus like they did against Montreal we have a good shot at picking up a win against a stingy Blue Jackets team who are missing a ton of their own defenders. On the other hand look to Anton Stralman to have a big night against a club he felt didn't give him a big shot to crack the lineup.