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Gameday: Maple Leafs vs Senators

Finally, the one bad team the Leafs can consistently beat.

2022 NHL All-Star Skills Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators
7:00PM - Canadian Corel Tire Scotiabank Palladium Centre
CBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NHL Network
Other Guys: Silver Seven Sens

The Maple Leafs are 2-1 against the Senators, outscoring them 11-4 this season. Normally, playing a bottom ten team in the league would worry me, but history this season keeps me hopeful for a win like Thursday night against Washington.

Them

The Senators are having a good April, with a 5-3 record so far and all of their wins have seen them scoring three or more goals in each game. It should be noted that four of those wins were against Detroit and Montreal, but winning is a confidence boost so they should be competitive tonight.

Lines

Brady Tkachuk - Josh Norris - Connor Brown
Alex Formenton - Tim Stützle - Drake Batherson
Chris Tierney - Colin White - Adam Gaudette
Parker Kelly - Dylan Gambrell - Austin Watson

Erik Brannstrom - Artem Zub
Michael del Zotto - Travis Hamonic
Nick Holden - Nikita Zaitsev

Anton Forsberg
Filip Gustavsson

Injuries: Matt Murray, Shane Pinto, Thomas Chabot, Tyler Ennis, Mathieu Joseph

Former Leafs: Connor Brown is on the first line, Zaitsev is on the third pair.

Us

Say it with me: The Maple Leafs are great.

5-1-1 in April, beating the Lightning, taking the Panthers to over time, losinPig to the Sabres, typical stuff. Scoring about five or so goals per game this team is sowing off its offensive prowess at every opportunity. Will Auston Matthews make it to 60 goals tonight? John Tavares is only four goals from 30, and Alex Kerfoot is one point from 50. There’s lots of personal bests on the line this season, and a good game against the Senators could move them closer to reality.

Lines

Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Ilya Mikheyev - John Tavares - Alexander Kerfoot
William Nylander - David Kämpf - Pierre Engvall
Kyle Clifford - Colin Blackwell - Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly - Ilya Lyubushkin
TJ Brodie - Justin Holl
Mark Giordano - Timothy Liljegren

Erik Källgren
Jack Campbell

Injuries: Rasmus Sandin, Ondřej Kaše, Petr Mrázek, Jake Muzzin

A Table!

Preview Stats

Toronto Team Tampa
Toronto Team Tampa
3-3 Series 3-3
23GF - 21GA - +2 Goal Differential 21GF - 23GA - -2
16% - 11th Power Play 22.6% - 7th
77.4% - 10th Penalty Kill 84% - 6th
Auston Matthews - 4 Most Goals Colton, Palat - 3
Mitch Marner - 5 Most Assists Nikita Kucherov - 6
Auston Matthews - 8 Most Points Nikita Kucherov - 8
Ilya Lyubushkin - 18 Most PM Jan Rutta - 17
TJ Brodie - 22:44 TOI Leader Victor Hedman - 25:45
Jack Campbell - .893sv% Starting Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy - .885sv%

It’s Hockey Night in Canada night!

7PM!

Go Leafs Go!