Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators

Time: 7:00PM

Location: The hockey arena between the Supercuts and the used Dodge dealership

Broadcast/Streaming: Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL Live

Opponent SBNation Site: Silver Seven Sens

Oh God these guys again, eh?

The yet to technically clinch a playoff spot Toronto Maple Leafs head to one of their many homes away from home for the game that should officially put them into the playoffs.

The Leafs have not clinched because the Montreal Canadiens are seven points behind the Leafs, and have four more games to play. So, if the Leafs lose all of their remaining games and the Habs win theirs the Leafs will miss the playoffs.

But that won’t happen.



Maple Leafs

Forward Lines

Zach Hyman - John Tavares - Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Kasperi Kapanen
Tyler Ennis - Frederik Gauthier - Connor Brown

Defence Pairings

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermot - Martin Marincin


Garret Sparks
Frederik Andersen

The Maple Leafs were experimenting with their power play units at practice yesterday:

Ottawa Senators

aka “Who the hell are these guys?”

Forward Lines

Brady Tkachuk - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Max Veronneau
Anthony Duclair - Chris Tierney - Mikkel Boedker
Rudolfs Balcers - Colin White - Bobby Ryan
Brian Gibbons - Oscar Lindberg - Magnus Paajarvi

Defence Pairings

Thomas Chabot - Dylan Demelo
Christian Wolanin - Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki - Christian Jaros


Craig Anderson
Anders Nilsson

I found a photo from Ottawa practice that I would l would like to share with you:

Round one vs Boston Bruins

14GF - 14GAGoal Differential14GF - 14GA
27.3% - 5thPower Play35.7% - 2nd
64.3% - 15thPenalty Kill72.7% - 12th
Auston Matthews - 4Most GoalsBergeron, Krejci, Pastrnak, Marchand, Coyle - 2
Morgan Rielly - 4Most AssistsBrad Marchand - 4
Auston Matthews - 5Most PointsBrad Marchand - 6
Nazem Kadri - 19Most PMCharlie McAvoy - 6
Morgan Rielly - 24:34/GTOI LeaderCharlie McAvoy - 16
Frederik Andersen - .925sv%Starting GoalieTuukka Rask - .922sv%

The last time these two teams met the Senators walked away with a 6-2 victory that ended a week of the Maple Leafs essentially playing with an empty net. The Senators took the energy from that win beat down by everyone except the Buffalo Sabres, who they shut out.

The Maple Leafs seem to have found their game lately, beating the Sabres and Panthers, and losing in overtime to the Rangers and shootout to the Flyers. Yeah, two losses, but Alex Georgiev goalie’d the Leafs and the Flyers took the Leafs to seven shootout rounds.

Tonight should be a win for the Maple Leafs, but I don’t want to jinx them as I usually do in previews, so I hope that everyone enjoys the game and the most popular team in Ottawa wins the game.