Toronto Maple Leafs (44-25-6) vs Florida Panthers (33-30-12)
Game Time: 7:00PM EST
Channel: TSN 4
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Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to rebound from a disappointing OT loss to the NY Rangers Saturday night in Toronto. While the effort was there on Saturday, the finish was not and a questionable line change in OT cost them a win.
The Panthers come into Toronto with a record of 2 and 8 in their past 10 road games. However, seasoned Leaf watchers know all too well that the Leafs love to play streak busters and are generally very gracious hosts.
The Panthers rank second in the league in PP%, led by Keith Yandle with 7G and 31A and Mike Hoffman with 17 G and 17 A. So, someone on the bench please keep track of how many skaters go over the boards tonight.
The Leafs .500 record since January 1st has seen them fall out of 2nd in the Atlantic and they now sit just 5 points ahead of Montreal for 3rd in the division and potentially having to battle for a wild card position.
Some ‘noteworthy’ streaks: Nazem Kadri is without a goal in his past 10 games and has one PP assist in the same span, yet is still on the #1 PP unit. William Nylander has 2 goals in his past 20 games and Patrick Marleau 3 goals in the past 20.
The Leafs have been able to outscore their mistakes most of this season and when their opponent can hold them to two goals or less they are likely to hand the Leafs a loss. Not a good omen with playoff hockey starting in two weeks.
They need their offence to get rolling again as well as defensively showing they can win a tight, low-scoring game. They have the goaltender to do it; will the rest of the team buy in as well? This should be a week for the Leafs to put some wins together and round their game into form.
Sam Montembeault will start for the Panthers tonight. The Leafs starter is TBA.
FLA coach Bob Boughner says Roberto Luongo will back up Sam Montembeault tonight in TOR, but start tomorrow in MON
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 25, 2019
Sources: G Joseph Woll, 20, will report to the Toronto Maple Leafs later this week. Woll signed his entry-level contract yesterday, burning the first year of his three-year deal. Players that burn the first year of their ELC are not AHL eligible. #Leafsforever @TLNdc
— Jake Stoller (@JLStoller) March 25, 2019
Morning Skate With The Coach
Projected Line Ups
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
A. Johnsson – A. Matthews – W. Nylander
Z. Hyman – J. Tavares – M. Marner
P. Marleau – N. Kadri – K. Kapanen
T. Moore – F. Gauthier – C. Brown
M. Rielly – R. Hainsey
J. Muzzin – N. Zaitsev
M. Marincin – J. Holl
Scratched: Ennis, Petan, Ozhiganov
Injured: Jake Gardiner (back), Travis Dermott (shoulder)
Huberdeau – Barkov – Dadonov
Hoffman – Trocheck – Hawryluk
Vatrano – Sheahan – Malgin
McGinn – Borgstrom – Brouwer
Matheson – Ekblad
Yandle – Weegar
McCoshen – Brown
Scratched: Hunt, Keeper, Sceviour, Pysyk, McCoshen, Reimer
Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder)