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Ducks @ Leafs Preview: Into Single Digits

The Leafs start their final ten games of the season, not a moment too soon.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks @ Toronto Maple Leafs

Air Canada Centre; Toronto, ON

7:00 PM ET; SN (Ontario)

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The Leafs host the Anaheim Ducks tonight in what will be their final game against a Western Conference team. They are 13-13-1 against the West this year, including a 4-0 win over these Ducks in a January 6 game in Anaheim.

The Ducks are playing for something tonight. Not only do they sit four points out of the Pacific Division lead with a game in hand, but a win tonight would clinch the Ducks their fourth consecutive postseason berth. Pretty surprising, given that the Ducks equaled the Leafs' poor 1-7-2 record to start the season. Hopefully, rtesidents of Orange County aren't too busy with attending Trump rallies and not vaccinating their kids to tune in and watch their team potentially clinch.

Probable Leafs Lineup

Tyler Bozak and Brad Boyes return from injury tonight, while Frederik Gauthier has been returned to the Marlies, presumably because they won too dang much with him in the lineup. Babcock has said William Nylander will face the biggest challenge of his young career against the Ducks, so I assume the challenge is "try not to contract an airborne pathogen." Lines and starting goalie per DailyFaceoff:

Milan Michalek - Nazem Kadri - Michael Grabner

Zach Hyman - William Nylander - P.A. Parenteau

Josh Leivo - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown

Colin Greening - Brooks Laich - Ben Smith

Martin Marincin - Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick

Rinat Valiev - Frank Corrado

Garret Sparks

Probable Anaheim Lineup

Leafs catch a break, as Sami Vatanen is out with an injury. Ryan Kesler is also out, presumably having strained himself doing God knows what on a night on the town. Frederik Andersen is the confirmed starter for the Ducks. Lineup again per DailyFaceoff:

Brandon Pirri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jamie McGinn - Rickard Rakell - Mike Santorelli

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Nate ThompsonRyan Garbutt

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Korbinian Holzer

Frederik Andersen


Don Cherry will grumble at home about the Leafs not drafting Ritchie, despite Nylander having more points in less games.