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Playoff Game Day #3: Now it’s a best of five

The Leafs head to Tampa Bay to restart the series.

Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Tampa Bay Lightning Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
2022 NHL PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 - SERIES TIED 1-1
7:30PM - AMALIE ARENA
CBC, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS, TBS, BSSUN
GO PLAY NICE: RAW CHARGE

Previously in Round one:

So far the Maple Leafs and Lightning have each won a game, scored five+ goals, and ridden their special teams to wins.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper has said that he won’t be making any changes to the lineup that controlled the game on Wednesday night. The Maple Leafs are moving players around and in and out, including reuniting John Tavares and William Nylander. Ondřej Kaše is expected to play tonight, but didn’t participate in morning skate; Joey Anderson took his spot. It looks like Kyle Clifford and Wayne Simmonds are out on the road trip, Jason Spezza is making his playoff debut for 2022 as well.

In case you didn’t see the FTB headline on the front page, the Maple Leafs have removed Rasmus Sandin from IR and he could be close to playing? Maybe?

It won’t be a home crowd for the Leafs, but I’m sure lots of Leafs Nation will have made the trip south. Nothing better than a hockey game you can wear shorts to.

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Brayden Point
Brandon Hagel- Nick Paul - Ross Colton
Patrick Maroon - Pierre-Édouard Bellemare - Corey Perry

Victor Hedman - Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh - Zach Bogosian
Mikhail Sergachev - Cal Foote

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Brian Elliott

Jan Rutta is out, former Maple Leaf Zach Bogosian is in.

Toronto Maple Leafs Lines

Michael Bunting - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
William Nylander - John Tavares - Ondřej Kaše
Ilya Mikheyev - David Kämpf - Alex Kerfoot
Pierre Engvall - Colin Blackwell - Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly - Ilya Lyubushkin
Jake Muzzin - TJ Brodie
Mark Giordano - Justin Holl

Jack Campbell
Erik Källgren

Wait, is that Justin Holl? Aw man.

Playoff Numbers in table form

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%

NHL Playoffs Day 5 schedule:

7:00PM - Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
Hurricanes lead series 2-0
TNT, SN360, TVAS2, NESN, BSSO

7:30PM - Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning
Series tied 1-1
CBC, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS, TBS, BSSUN

9:30PM - Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues
Series tied 1-1
TNT, SN360, TVAS2, BSMW, BSN, BSWIX

10:00PM - Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings
Series tied 1-1
CBC, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS, TBS, BSSC

Bring the passion, bring the noise, and Go Leafs Go!