Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, game #44
Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Broadcast/Streaming: NHL Network, TSN4, TVA Sports, NHL Live [BLACKOUTS IN LEAFS REGION]
Opponent SBNation Site: Jackets Cannon
The Maple Leafs are coming off a shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks, one they may not have deserved. The last time these two teams met the Blue Jackets defeated the Leafs 4-2, despite some great play from Bozak’s line.
The hot topic tonight will be Travis Dermott’s first night play the right side in the NHL, something he’s done with the Marlies so it’s not a completely new experience. He looks to be paired with Jake Gardiner, so that will be something.
Also I’m sure Komarov’s ice time will be a topic but la-la-la-la-la- I can’t hear you.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Connor Brown
Josh Leivo and Dominic Moore stay off the ice as the Gauthier look-see continues. Not much movement in lines at the morning skate today, Komarov is still up with Kadri and Marleau so, be ready for that.
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Travis Dermott
Andreas Borgman - Roman Polak
Travis Dermott was skating up with Jake Gardiner this morning, looks like he’s getting an even bigger chance to show he’s NHL ready by moving up to the top four and pairing on Gardiners right side.
Andersen is in net as we’d expect on a non-back to back night, while McElhinney sits against his former team.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano - Lukas Sedak - Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert - Boone Jenner - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Tyler Motte - Jordan Schroeder - Markus Hannikainen
I recognize like...five of these names. Boone Jenner only because he would take stupid spearing penalties in the world juniors, and Nick Foligno because he once howled like a wolf during a fight at a Wolves/IceDogs game.
Zach Werekski - Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara - David Savard
Scott Harrington - Jack Johnson
More familiar territory here. Woah Jack Johnson on the third pair? Looks like his parents also mismanaged his ice time, eh?
Hello new back up who isn’t Bobrovsky.
|265GF - 226GA - +29||Goal Differential||238GF - 234GA - +4|
|24.4% - 2nd overall||Power Play||21.7 - 10th overall|
|81.3% - 12th overall||Penalty Kill||81.9% - 7th overall|
|James van Riemsdyk - 36||Most Goals||Taylor Hall - 39|
|Mitch Marner - 47||Most Assists||Taylor Hall - 54|
|Mitch Marner - 69||Most Points||Taylor Hall - 93|
|Matt Martin - 50||Most PM||Miles Wood - 84|
|Jake Gardiner - 22:33/G||TOI Leader||Sami Vatanen - 22:42|
|Frederik Andersen - .917sv%||Starting Goalie||Keith Kincaid - .911sv%|
So the key to tonight’s game seems to be take penalties and let the Columbus power play continually fail.
Excellent, let’s keep Polak out there as much as possible.