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Maple Leafs @ Predators Game Chat: The Return of Auston

Matthews and Zaitsev return, will it be enough to topple the NHL’s best record on the road?

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Toronto Maple Leafs (43-23-7) @ Nashville Predators (48-14-10)

8:00 pm ET

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

Our Leafs game preview is here.

Auston Matthews and Nikita Zaitsev return for the Leafs as they face the team with the best record in the NHL — the Nashville Predators. They have a Vezina calibre goalie, they have four #1 defenseman, and they’ve slowly built up an impressive group of forwards too. Could be a team the Leafs have to beat in the Cup Finals!

Here are the Leafs lines for those too lazy to click on the preview link (spoilers: may cause reader to sploosh uncontrollably):

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitchell Marner

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson - Tomas Plekanec - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott - Roman Polak

Freddie will get the start in net.

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