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Leafs vs Habs Game 4 Preview: Momentum Please

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Twenty-Four hours after taking a 2-1 lead, the Leafs look to take a strangle-hold on the series.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens: Game 4

Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Bell Centre
Channel: CBC

It’s not very often that playoff hockey produces two games in two days. Yet that’s what we have here. After dropping game one of the series, the Leafs have bounced back nicely behind the goaltending of Jack Campbell.

That being said, Sheldon Keefe hasn’t announced who will get the start in net tonight against the Habs. His postgame comments last night hinged on how Campbell felt this morning.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Assumed lines, subject to confirmation on Foligno.

Forwards
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Alex Galchenyuk - Nick Foligno - William Nylander
Pierre Engvall - Alex Kerfoot - Ilya Mikheyev
Joe Thornton - Jason Spezza - Wayne Simmonds
Defence
Morgan Rielly - T.J. Brodie
Jake Muzzin - Justin Holl
Rasmus Sandin - Zach Bogosian

Goalie

Poll

Who should start in net for game 4?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Jack Campbell
    (607 votes)
  • 25%
    Frederik Andersen
    (206 votes)
813 votes total Vote Now

William Nylander is on a tear in this series. Three goals and an assist already in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if Nylander and the Leafs can keep the momentum going in the series.

There are usually two schools of thought here. First, the team that won the previous night has the momentum going into the second night. This thought process makes sense to me. However, the other argument is that the losing team doesn’t have time to dwell on the loss because they have to turn around and play again.

Let’s hope the Leafs subscribe to the first thought process there and take control of the series tonight.

Montreal Canadiens

Assumed lines, subject to confirmation

Forwards

Paul Byron - Phillip Danault - Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Brendan Gallagher
Joel Armia - Nick Suzuki - Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen - Tomas Tatar - Corey Perry

Defence

Ben Chiarot - Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson - Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak - Jon Merrill

Goalies

Carey Price
Jake Allen

If Montreal is going to even the series, they have to figure out how to put the puck in the back of the net. They have yet to convert on a power play in the post season. They’re dead last in goals per game at 1.33. This is a team that averaged 2.82 per game during the regular season.

This is where you’d expect veteran leadership like Corey Perry to step up. He may not score a ton of goals, but Perry has played in some huge playoff games in his career. If he can’t rally the troops, the Leafs should be up 3-1 heading into game 5 on Thursday night.

GO LEAFS GO!

Update:

We’ll have to assume the lines will be approximately the same as last night then.