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Preview: Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Also known as Jaromir Jagr's 1,618th career game.

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Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs

7:30PM - Air Canada Centre

TV: Sportsnet - RADIO: TSN Radio 1050

SBN: Litterbox Cats

Head to Head

Teams Fancy Cats Toronto Maple Leafs
Record 39-22-9 24-34-11
Conference 3rd in East 16th in East
League 7th 30th
Goals +/- 198/171 = +27 164/202 = -38
Top Scorer Barkov, Jagr, Smith (23) Leo Komarov (19)
Top Points Jaromir Jagr (54) Nazem Kadri (37)
Goalie Roberto Luongo .921/2.36 Jonathan Bernier .904/2.95
Mascot Stanley C. Panther Carlton


Uncle Leo is out and Connor Brown, the 9th Marlie to make his Leafs debut, is in. He'll be playing on the top line beside Soshnikov, and wear #16.

After a rookie season in which he had 61 points, his sophomore season has been a little overshadowed by injuries and the other talent on the Toronto Marlies. In 28 games this season he has 9G 15A for 24 points, nearly a point per game, on pace with his first year. He is well known for playing on a line with Edmonton's Connor during his time in the OHL.

The other story is that Jagr is old. He is so old that he once played with Michael Nylander on the New York Rangers. The Panthers in general are the anti-Leafs, and other old guy Shawn Thornton has also played on a line with Michael Nylander. So does dad hop onto the ice and beat people up if they misbehave?

Go Leafs go!

Cool things from the game notes

  • The Maple Leafs have allowed just one goal in their last two games.
  • The Maple Leafs’ faceoff win percentage of 51.1% is the sixth-highest mark in the NHL.
  • Zach Hyman has registered four points (three goals, one assist) in his last five games. Hyman recorded his first career multi-point game with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.
  • In his last six starts, Jonathan Bernier owns a 3-3-0 record with a 2.03 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. Bernier has stopped 64 of the 65 shots he has faced in his last two appearances.
  • The Maple Leafs have not allowed a power play goal in six consecutive games.
  • James van Riemsdyk scored his first NHL goal against the Panthers on October 24, 2009 as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Leafs Lines

Nikita Soshnikov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
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
Rinal Valiev - Frank Corrado

Jonathan Bernier
Garret Sparks

Florida Panthers Lines

Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Jiri Hudler - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith
Teddy Purcell - Nick Bjugstad - Logan Shaw
Garrett Wilson - Greg McKegg - Shawn Thornton

Dmitry Kulikov - Aaron Ekblad
Brian Campbell - Alex Petrovic
Jakub Kindl - Steve Kampfer

Roberto Luongo
Al Montoya