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Preview: Timothy Liljegren called up to face the Ducks

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Will he play, though? Or is this another sit and watch exercise.

NHL: FEB 04 Ducks at Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 04: Anaheim Ducks Goalie John Gibson (36) in warmups prior to the regular season NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs on February 4, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON.
Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Anaheim Ducks (22-26-6) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (28-19-7)
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Watch on: Sportsnet Ontario
Opponent’s site: Anaheim Calling

Fresh off an interesting and important trade for the Toronto Maple Leafs — their second with the LA Kings in recent memory — the Leafs show off their new goalie and winger against a California team they surely know very well.

The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night, so they should be both more physically and mentally tired than the Leafs. Money on them scoring the first goal.

The Leafs currently have three goalies on their roster as of Thursday night when I’m writing this: Michael Hutchinson, Jack Campbell, and of course Frederik Andersen. If Andersen is still too hurt to play, the newbie will get the start tonight, with Hutchinson as the backup.

In terms of skaters, Trevor Moore is off to Hollywood, with Kyle Clifford likely taking his spot 1-to-1. On defense, Cody Ceci is out indefinitely and will be reevaluated in one month, per the Leafs. Martin Marincin is on the roster as the extra defenseman, and today Timothy Liljegren has been called up as well.

Maple Leafs Lines

Based on the last game

Forwards

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Alexander Kerfoot - John Tavares - William Nylander
Andreas Johnsson - Pierre Engvall - Kasperi Kapanen
Kyle Clifford - Frederik Gauthier - Jason Spezza

Defense

Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl
Travis Dermott - Tyson Barrie
Rasmus Sandin - Martin Marincin/Timothy Liljegren

Goalies

Assumed for now

Jack Campbell
Michael Hutchinson


As expected for the re-billed-ing Ducks (sorry), they have some decent names up front, including their prospects of the present and the future. The bottom six is quite bad. As for the defense, there are definitely some surprises, that’s for sure.

Anaheim Ducks Lines

Based on the last game

Forwards

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Jakob Silfverberg
Max Jones - Sam Steel - Ondrej Kase
Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers - Derek Grant - Carter Rowney

Defense

Hampus Lindholm - Erik Gudbranson ... Wait up. Erik Gudbranson is a Duck??????
Cam Fowler - Josh Manson
Jacob Larsson - Korbinian Holzer (hello, old friend!)

Goalies

John Gibson
Ryan Miller

Gibson got the start in Montreal, so it’s likely that the Leafs will see Miller in net tonight.

When we get more updates on the roster we’ll let you know.

UPDATE:

Miller is definitely in for the Ducks, Campbell for the Leafs. But wait, there’s more:

Don’t expect that decision until tomorrow late in the day.

Better update: