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Preview: Maple Leafs look to a rookie and some new D pairings to spark an improvement against Vegas

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The road trip begins with a late, late, game and the debut of a tall, tall man.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Vegas Golden Knights
Defence!
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Toronto Maple Leafs at Vegas Goldem Knights
Watch on: TSN4, Altitude Sports, NHL.tv at 10 pm

Opponent’s site: Knights on Ice

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been saying that this road trip was an important one. That it will give the team time to bond in a way that they’ve been unable to in Toronto. The team (well, most of it) has been in Vegas since their Saturday night loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pierre Engvall joined the team after their practice yesterday afternoon, being recalled from the Toronto Marlies as Trevor Moore was placed on IR and is set to make his NHL debut tonight.

The Knights are riding high, coming off a 6-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, ending a five game losing streak that began with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

Maple Leafs Lines

Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Kasperi Kapanen
Ilya Mikheyev - Jason Spezza - Nic Petan
Pierre Engvall - Nick Shore - Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly - Cody Ceci
Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl
Travis Dermott - Tyson Barrie

Frederik Andersen
Kasimir Kaskisuo

Golden Knights Lines

Max Pacioretty - William Karlsson - Reilly Smith
Jonathan Marchessault - Cody Eakin - Mark Stone
Alex Tuch - Paul Stastny - Cody Glass
William Carrier - Tomas Nosek - Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb - Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague - Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill - Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fluery
Malcolm Subban


After starting out November with three straight wins, the Maple Leafs have now lost five in a row and pushed Leafs Nation to a level of despair not seen since Ron Wilson was coaching the team. A chance to get away from it all and being able to focus on nothing but hockey can hopefully help them get things back on track. If not, something needs to happen.