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Preview: Maple Leafs @ Islanders

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The Leafs are in New York tonight to play another team eliminated from the playoffs.

New York Islanders v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs have clinched their spot in the NHL playoffs, but there’s still just over a week to go in the regular season. The Leafs are in New York tonight to play the Islanders who have missed out on this year’s playoffs.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Islanders
7:00PM - Barclays Center
Watch: TSN 4 (blackouts in effect)
SBN: Lighthouse Hockey

Here are your projected lines. We will update them with news of any changes.

Some Updates:

Toronto Maple Leafs (last game)

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

Frederik Andersen
Curtis McElhinney

New York Islander Lines (from Daily Faceoff)

Anders Lee - John Tavares - Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier - Matthew Barzal - Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd - Brock Nelson - Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston - Chris Wagner - Cal Clutterbuck

Thomas Hickey - Ryan Pulock
Brandon Davidson - Adam Pelech
Dennis seidenberg - Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak is the expected started tonight.

There is word that Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuck may be in the lineup tonight, but it is not yet confirmed.

The last time these teams met was in February. The Leafs had a rough start but Matthews tied up the game in the third. It went to a shootout where none other than Tyler Bozak scored the only goal.

The Islanders are reeling right now. There’s a whole lot of drama going on with missing the playoffs, and the Tavares contract situation. To top it off Josh Ho-Sang added some fuel to the fire yesterday with some smart commentary on his situation that was easy to wildly misinterpret. And most people did.

The Islanders have nothing to win and nothing to lose except pride. Perhaps Tavares wants to show the Leafs what he is capable of tonight? We shall see.

Folks. The Leafs have clinched a playoff slot and this game doesn’t mean anything. Sure, I guess you could say they need to start warming up for the playoffs now, but I am not going to spend more time on a preview of a game that doesn’t really matter than this. Especially against a team in such disarray as the Islanders are now.

GO LEAFS GO!

Poll

JvR will get how many goals tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Zero (option for those who wish to be banned)
    (19 votes)
  • 33%
    One. He’s a modest guy. He doesnt like to show off.
    (48 votes)
  • 22%
    Two. One will probably be the game winning goal.
    (33 votes)
  • 2%
    Three for the hat trick.
    (3 votes)
  • 10%
    Four. He wants his next contract to be for ALL THE MONIES!
    (15 votes)
  • 18%
    Five! Take that Auston Matthews!
    (27 votes)
145 votes total Vote Now