Two weeks ago the Toronto Maple Leafs went to Florida with the intention of locking up a playoff spot. Instead they got beat down in a 7-2 loss. Tonight, the Florida Panthers come to town, and the Maple Leafs were winning games following the loss, looking towards revenge tonight.
The Buffalo Sabres, outside the playoff picture and jealous of the Maple Leafs, had other things in mind and ended the Leafs win (minus one close OT loss) streak with a 5-2 beating and also injuring our starting goalie Frederik Andersen. Now with the Panthers looking to score seven again, the Maple Leafs have the duo of McElhinney and Sparks to protect the net.
Florida Panthers @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:30PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: TSN4 / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: Litter Box Cats
The Maple Leafs are now facing the game with their back up who’s numbers are...okay and an AHLer who hasn’t seen the NHL this year and is coming off injury (not to mention bloggers trying to ruin his career).
Reimer played very well against the Maple Leafs two weeks ago and has been an excellent goaltender for the Panthers while Luongo was injured. It will be hard to score on the Panthers tonight, while the Maple Leafs defense needs to work overtime to make up for the loss of their starter.
|Goal Differential||227 / 219 = +8||195 / 213 = -18|
|Power Play||23.7% - 2nd||16.7 - 25th|
|Penalty Kill||82.5% - 10th||85.4% - 1st|
|Most Goals||Auston Matthews - 34||Jonathan Marchessault - 29|
|Most Points||Auston Matthews - 61||Vincent Trochek - 52|
|Top Goalie||Frederik Andersen - .918sv%||James Reimer - .917sv%|
Josh Leivo is taking line rushes this morning, after Kasperi Kapanen was called up from the Marlies in case he wasn’t able to play today.
Here are the morning skate lines.
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Kasperi Kapanen
Morgan Rielly - Connor Carrick
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak
Jonathan Huberdeau - Aleksander Barkov - Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen - Vincent Trocheck - Reilly Smith
Thomas Vanek - Nick Bjugstad - Jonathan Marchessault
Shawn Thornton - Derek MacKenzie - Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle - Jason Demers
Michael Matheson - Alex Petrovic
Mark Pysyk - Jakub Kindl
Andersen said it's "very" tempting to try & rush back; "Obviously, we have huge points at stake tonight"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 28, 2017
Babcock says Kapanen will help on the PK.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) March 28, 2017
Andersen working with Briere ahead of Leafs morning skate (10:30 am start) pic.twitter.com/b0e454ouoo— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 28, 2017
This is a big one, we need the two points to stay ahead of the Bruins who are only one point back.