Montreal Canadiens vs Toronto Maple Leafs:
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Location: ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto, ON
Broadcast/Streaming: CBC, CBC.ca, Sportsnet, CityTV, TVAS
Opponent SBNation Web-site: Habs Eyes on the Prize
The Leafs enter their match in opposition to Montreal on a three match slide, possessing fallen to third in the Atlantic Division, staring at the prospect of yet another initial spherical matchup in opposition to the Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, Montreal has received two straight immediately after a brief slide and currently occupy the initial Wild Card spot, 3 details back of the Leafs with a person much more match performed.
Traces based mostly on practice, assuming Jake Gardiner will engage in.
Leafs will have an additional D on the ice in warm-up as a precaution but Babcock states Gardiner is anticipating to engage in
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) February 23, 2019
Zach Hyman – John Tavares – Mitch Marner
Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen
Patrick Marleau – William Nylander – Connor Brown
Par Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier – Tyler Ennis
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Muzzin – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Travis Dermott
Jonathan Drouin – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar – Max Domi – Andrew Shaw
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Joel Armia
Arturri Lehkonen – Nate Thompson – Charles Hudon
Victor Mete – Shea Weber
Mike Reilly – Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak – Jordie Benn
The most exciting matchup to me will be the Habs third line in opposition to the Leafs third line. William Nylander experienced an excellent season debut in opposition to Washington, but Montreal’s third line has wrecked just about everybody they’ve faced this season (including the Brown – Kadri – Nylander line in these teams’ final matchup). I do not see Marleau and Brown remaining ready to continue to keep up with that group, and I do not think Nylander will be ready to will them to do so, so be expecting to see Montreal get the better end of that matchup, a relative rarity for the Leafs.
Montreal is no one’s plan of a fun team to engage in. Although they deficiency elite the gamebreaking expertise that the Leafs have, they engage in an efficient, structured match and have incredibly strong ahead depth. Weber and Petry anchor their major 4, with both of those remaining incredibly comfortable major-pairing defenders. The Leafs will require to be on their match, and in specific, their major lines have to capitalize on their positive aspects more than Montreal’s.
Go Leafs Go!