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It’s a once a year visit to Toronto by the Golden Knights.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vegas Golden Knights 7:00pm
Watch on: Sportsnet Ontario (blackouts in effect)
Opponent’s site: Knights on Ice

The Maple Leafs host the Golden Knights tonight for their first and only visit this season to Toronto. The two teams will face each other again later this month, though you might not be able to see that game as it is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday November 19th.

It’s been a busy news day for the Maple Leafs with both Martin Marincin and Nic Petan put on waivers.

Those moves come as no surprise with John Tavares returning after a broken finger kept him out of seven games. Zach Hyman is now the only piece of the healthy Leafs team left to come back into the puzzle. Mike Babcock was quoted at morning skate that there was still no firm timeline on when Hyman would be back.

Maple Leafs Lines
(reported by Kristen Shilton at Leafs practice yesterday)

Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Trevor Moore - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Ilya Mikheyev - Alexander Kerfoot - Kasperi Kapanen
Dmytro Timashov - Nick Shore - Frederik Gauthier

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

Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Zach Hyman

Vegas Golden Knights Lines

(based on a previous game and recent news today)

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

Brayden McNabb - Nate Schmidt
Nicolas Hague - Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill - Nick Holden

Malcolm Subban
Marc-Andre Fleury

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet is reporting that Malcolm Subban will start for the Golden Knights tonight.

Those top two lines for Vegas are more lethal than a $500k gambling debt. They have been tearing up the Western Conference as you would expect. Natural Stat Trick has William Karlsson’s line at a 62.47 xGF%, and Patches’ line stands out with a whopping 68.17 xGF%. I’ve casually watched a few Golden Knights games this season and Mark Stone always looks amazing.

Speaking of looking amazing: Nylander is all saucy today.

Get ready for something special tonight.

Poll

Who will you miss more on the team tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Nic Petan, Nic Petan, everyone misses Nic Petan.
    (43 votes)
  • 6%
    I want my Mar Mar back!
    (16 votes)
  • 69%
    Zach "soon" Hyman
    (178 votes)
  • 7%
    This team needs more Adam Brooks.
    (18 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now