Toronto Maple Leafs @ Florida Panthers
7:00 p.m. ET in Sunrise Florida
Watch on: Sportsnet Ontario (regional broadcast)
Here's our preview of the game:
It's the first of three games to go. This time next week the NHL playoffs will be underway.
A couple of last minute updates from Sheldon Keefe:
Matthew Knies WILL make his debut tonight for the Maple Leafs.
The plan is to go 11/7 as well, so that indicates some forward, perhaps Calle Järnkrok, is not playing.
Matt Murray is still injured, Leafs will go with another goalie on an ATO since it would appear the NHL said no to the recall of Joe Woll under the emergency exception rules. If that is the case, then the NHL is not convinced the amazing confluence of events which created this emergency weren't of the Leafs' own making.
I think this is a very defensible position the league is taking. They let the Leafs get their man in Matt Knies, but they aren't letting them do it for free.
Nick Chenard is just 21, and undrafted OHLer of four seasons. He's from Tecumseh, Ontario, and has played for Owen Sound his whole junior career. Owen Sound was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the London Knights. And Chenard's last action was only a few days ago on April 6.
It seems significant that the Leafs picked up a player of a level higher than Jett Alexander for this second ATO, or else I'm just worried about Ilya Samsonov's health. Chenard was the lead on a tandem in Owen Sound this year, and neither of the two had great looking save %. Rookie Carter George was brought in at age 16 and had a hot run of 10 games, which might just be why they made the playoffs. OHL fans can fill us in in comments.
Also tonight at 7 pm on TSN 1 and 4, as well as NHL Network, it's Canada vs USA in preliminary round play at the Women's World Championships.