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Leafs @ Sens Preview: These Guys Again?!

Ottawa? On a Saturday? Real original, guys.

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Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators
Canadian Tire Centre; Kanata, ON
7:00 PM ET; CBC (National)
SBN SNES Supporters: Silver Seven Sens


The Leafs play the Ottawa Senators on HNIC for what must be like the thirtieth Saturday in a row. Okay, it's only the second; but three of their last six Saturday games have been against this Ottawa team.

Here's what's going to happen: the Leafs are going to overtake Sens fans in their own arena, and they'll get all cute with their inferiority complex. Sens fans will complain that the media is biased for Toronto and against them, when the reality is they should be thankful that our media coverage is making people pay attention to their irrelevant team of "Erik Karlsson and not much else."

Anyway, Ottawa is 4-4-2 in their last ten and most recently got spanked 6-2 by the Florida Panthers. The Leafs are coming off a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders.

The kids are still hot; William Nylander tied the game, while Nikita Soshnikov scored the shootout winner. Ride the wave, Sosh. RIDE THE WAVE!

Probable Leafs Lineup

Rinat Valiev will make his NHL debut tonight on the Leafs blueline, making him the ninth player on the Leafs to play his first-ever game this season. Garret Sparks will start in net as one-half of the "Battle of Ontario!" Milan Michalek will visit Ottawa for the first time since the February 9 trade that brought him to Toronto from Ottawa.

Nikita Soshnikov - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

P.A. Parenteau - William Nylander - Zach Hyman

Colin Greening - Brooks Laich - Peter Holland

Milan Michalek - Ben Smith - Michael Grabner

Morgan Rielly - Martin Marincin

Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick

Rinat Valiev - Frank Corrado

Garret Sparks

Probable Ottawa Lineup

Per Gord Wilson of TSN 1200 Ottawa, these were the lines at Sens morning skate. A familiar face to Leaf fans will be manning the Sens blueline once again. A certain one-time first pairing defenseman in Toronto...

...that's right! Mike Kostka will play for the Sens tonight!

Zack Smith - Pierre-Gabriel Pageau - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Alex Chiasson

Ryan Dzingel - Scott Gomez - Bobby Ryan

Chris Paul - Curtis Lazar - Chris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci

Mike Kostka - Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson


Sosh rides the wave, Hyman bursts through once again, but the Leafs lose. Bobby Ryan has a terrible game because he's sad the Trump rally last night got shut down.