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Maple Leafs game preview: The Leafs have a rematch against the Senators

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The Senate is in session tonight in Kanata

Ottawa Senators v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Leafs vs Senators: Game # 48

Time: 7:00PM

Location: Air Canada Centre

Broadcast/Streaming: Hockey Night in Canada/CBC

Opponent SBNation Site: Silver Seven Sens

You may recall that the last time these two teams met it was right before the start of the bye week. We all thought that the Leafs would easily roll over the bottom ranked Senators before jetting off on their vacations.

It didn’t turn out that way.

The Senators won 4-3, scoring this goal late in the third period.

Ouch.

Let’s hope that the Leafs can turn things around this time.

Morgan Rielly is presumed to be out for the Leafs after an injury in the game on Thursday, but it’s not certain he won’t magically be better in time for this game.

Toronto Maple Leafs (from practice yesterday)

Forward Lines

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Mitch Marner

Josh Leivo, Dominic Moore

Defence Pairings

Andreas Borgman - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Travis Dermott - Roman Polak

Morgan Rielly

Goaltenders

Frederik Andersen
Curtis McElhinney

Ottawa Senators (from daily faceoff)

Forward Lines

Mike Hoffman - Matt Duchene - Bobby Ryan
Ryan Dzingel - Derick Brassard - Mark Stone
Tom Pyatt - Filip Chlapik - Zack Smith
Gabriel Dumont - ??? - Alexandre Burrows

Nate Thompson was in the third line centre slot but he is apparently out with an injury. It is not clear who will replace him.

Defence Pairings

Johnny Oduya - Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf - Cody Ceci
Mike Boroweski - Fredrik Claesson

Goaltenders

Craig Anderson - confirmed starter
Mike Condon

The Senators are of course big news right now because of the coming trade deadline and the lack of a contract extension for Eric Karlsson

TSN talked to his teammates and they gave the usual deferrals and comments about how they want him to stay but right now are simply focused on winning games.

Meanwhile here in Toronto we have Frederik Andersen commenting that his teammates have to figure out if they are really committed to playing for the team, and they need a different attitude. He did not name names, but perhaps we will see who is the player “not committed” by the ice time tonight.

Thursday’s game ended in a disaster of a third period. The Leafs were up 2-0 and they lost 3-2 in overtime.

Let’s hope for a much better result tonight.

GO LEAFS GO!