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UPDATE: FREDDIES BACK! Game Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs @ Nashville Predators

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Is Freddy ready?

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

After beating the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs had a day off and are now heading south to take on the Nashville Predators. With only seven games left on the schedule each one matters, and the Maple Leafs need to win on this road trip. Luckily the Predators are their only strong competition, after this it’s the Red Wing son Saturday and back to Buffalo next Tuesday. Then we have a four game home stand to finish off the season against the Capitals, Lightning, Penguins, and Blue Jackets.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Nashville Predators
8:00PM - Nashville
TV: TSN4 / Radio: TSN1050
SBN: On the Forecheck

Okay, one quick thing that has always bugged me: The Perds blog has a boring name. No attempt at a bun or localizing it up. Snoozetown.

Anyway, the Maple Leafs are hoping for a healed up Frederik Andersen in net tonight, but we have nothing solid on that front yet. If he’s out it will be Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks as the tandem again.

The Maple Leafs are 4-1 in their past five, beating Boston, Columbus, New Jersey, and Florida. The Predators are 3-2 in their past five, beating Arizona, Calgary, and San Jose while losing to Boston and the Islanders - nope sorry, a reader from Nashville has corrected me and they beat the Islanders. You’re still jerks for losing to Boston though.

Quick Numbers

- Toronto Nashville
- Toronto Nashville
Record 36-24-15 39-26-11
Division 3rd 4th
Conference 7th 8th
League 15th 14th
Goal Differential 230 / 221 = +9 226 / 210 = +16
Power Play 23.3% - 2nd 20.0% - 12th
Penalty Kill 82.4% - 9th 80.7% - 17th
Most Goals Auston Matthews - 35 Forsberg / Arvidsson - 29
Most Points Auston Matthews - 62 Ryan Johansen - 58
Top Goalie Frederik Andersen - .918sv% Pekka Rinne - .916sv%

Potential Lines
Toronto

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Connor Carrick
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak

Curtis McElhinney
Garret Sparks

COACH MIKEY SAYS FREDERIK ANDERSEN IS STARTING!

Nashville

Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
P.A. Parenteau - Calle Jarnkrok - James Neal
Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Craig Smith
Cody McLeod - Mike Fisher - Austin Watson

Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin - Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros

Odds ‘n Ends

We’ll keep updating if news on injuries or scratches come out.

Go Leafs go!