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Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders game preview: John Tavares to the Leafs?

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John Tavares to the Leafs?

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New York Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Air Canada Centre
WATCH: TSN4, MSG+2, NHL Live
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John Tavares to the Leafs:

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Connor Carrick or Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen
Curtis McElhinney

John Tavares to the Leafs:

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier - Mathew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd - Brock Nelson - Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech - Sebastian Aho

Jaroslav Halak
Chris Gibson

Okay, okay, okay, you get the idea. The Islanders are in town so talk of approaching UFA John Tavares coming to play for the Maple Leafs heats up and that’s all anyone hears about. Well, aside from that the Maple Leafs have won eight of their past ten games (4-1 loss to the Bruins and a 5-3 loss to the Penguins), including a 5-0 shut out of the Islanders in Brooklyn.

The Islanders are coming down to needing a couple big win streaks to make the playoffs, and have only won four of their past 10 games. Former Maple Leafs prospect Chris Gibson is their back up goalie right now as well, so it’s a familiar face on the bench. Former Islander Matt Martin is most likely riding the press box as he has been for the majority of the games over the past few weeks.

Numbers Preview

Maple Leafs Team Devils
Maple Leafs Team Devils
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%

It’s a good match for the Maple Leafs to practice their power play; with the Islanders having one of the worst penalty kills let’s see Kadri draw some penalties and get that PP out of the bottom half of the league.

The Leafs have a playoff spot all but locked up. Now it’s time to rack up the wins to get home ice. Enjoy the game Leafs fans and as always: John Tavares to the Leafs!