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.
|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%|
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!
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
Odds ‘n Ends
Pred's Viktor Arvidsson and Leafs' Zach Hyman are 1st and 2nd in shorthanded goals. 5 and 4 respectively. Filip Forsberg has 3. #tmltalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) March 30, 2017
Pekka Rinne is in the "starter's crease." He is 5-1-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .928 SV% in his past six starts.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) March 30, 2017
We’ll keep updating if news on injuries or scratches come out.
Go Leafs go!