Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Dallas Stars: Game 13
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Scotiabank Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: TSN4, Fox Sports SW
Opponent SBNation Site: Defending Big D ;)
After playing Calgary and getting stifled like an artistic-minded child whose parents only value the STEM disciplines, the Leafs will try to get back into the win column tonight against Dallas. Let’s roll.
Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson - Par Lindholm - Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Josh Leivo
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Martin Marincin - Igor Ozhiganov
Put away the pitchforks and torches, Dermott fans. Marincin fans, we have a sale on pitchforks and torches here at PPP if you need any.
There’s no denying this lineup is less fun to look at with Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and
Travis Dermott out of it (though Dermott is recovering from his illness and getting up to speed.) Martin Marincin who brings his own unique flair. It was less fun to watch on the ice last game, too. The Leafs are still capable of winning with this lineup, but they’re going to have to play better and smarter.
Justin Dowling - Tyler Seguin - Alex Radulov*
Jamie Benn - Jason Spezza - Mattias Janmark
Valeri Nichushkin - Radek Faksa - Gemel Smith
Devin Shore - Jason Dickinson - Blake Comeau
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Marc Methot - Miro Heiskanen
Julius Honka - Roman Polak
That asterisk is because it’s been suggested Radulov may not play tonight as he recovers from injury. If so, that’s a big loss for the Stars. Their depth scoring has rebounded a bit so far, with Jason Spezza and Devin Shore producing, but they still rely on their big guns. RD Connor Carrick is coming back from injury as well, only to be confronted with Roman Polak stealing his job again like an eternal curse.
Ben Bishop is healthy (surprise!) but the team is apparently going to rest him as they try to help him stay that way. Journeyman Anton Khudobin is capable of doing the job, despite a ho hum couple of games to start the year.
The Stars are a middling-to-above-average team. They get outshot but get good chances and have some finishing talent; they can make the playoffs but probably aren’t a genuine contender. This game is likely to be less fun than the gong show the last time these teams met, but let’s hope for another Leaf win.
Go Leafs Go!
We’ll keep you posted on any more changes or surprises.