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GDT @ Blues: How much should the MNM line play together?

With all due respect to Pontus Aberg.

NHL: FEB 12 Lightning at Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12: Toronto Maple Leafs Right Wing William Nylander (29) celebrates after scoring a goal with Center Auston Matthews (34) and Right Wing Mitchell Marner (16) during the NHL regular season game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 12, 2018, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maple Leafs (13-13-4) @ St. Louis Blues (18-6-6)
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Watch on: CBC, SN, NHLN
Opponent’s site: St. Louis Game Time

Here is our preview for tonight’s game:

And here is what our sister blog had to say about this game and our team:

In Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Auston Matthews - William Nylander - Mitch Marner line was out together for a total of 3:21 at 5v5. The team was down and they were pressing for a goal hard, and in that environment the trio was 7-1 in shot attempts, 4-0 in shots and 4-0 in scoring chances. Visually, in this small sample, they looked great.

Pontus Aberg was called up and has been pencilled in on the first line with Matthews and Nylander. While I am very high on Aberg’s abilities, it’s a lot asking me to trust he can handle top line duties against the defensively superior St. Louis Blues for a full game.

Sheldon Keefe is surely going to go back to his Big-Three line again if he feels like his team needs a jolt in offense, or if they’re down, right? I hope we get to see it.


What do you call the Matthews-Nylander-Marner line?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    The MNM line
    (57 votes)
  • 9%
    The Big Three line
    (15 votes)
  • 4%
    The Young Blood line?
    (7 votes)
  • 13%
    The We Can And We Will line
    (21 votes)
  • 18%
    The Negotiation line
    (29 votes)
  • 15%
    All of these are dumb and I’ll comment my better one below
    (24 votes)
153 votes total Vote Now