Quick flight home to Toronto for the Maple Leafs, after TAKING two points from the defending Stanley Cup Champions in Pittsburgh last night.
With a 4-3 win on the road, you would think that Rome is burning, when in fact the beloved Blue and White are currently Tied 5th in the NHL standings.
‘Banged up and Bruised’ the Maple Leafs face a game time decision on Auston Matthews and possibly a few other players.
Matthews got rocked by Morgan Rielly in the final few minutes of the game last night and appeared to immediately grab his noggin after the hit. Not going to assume there was a concussion, but many die hard Leafs fans believe this was possible. Whatever that hit did, Matthews has been suffering through another injury and many believe it has to do with his back.
Matthews shaken up after colliding with Rielly pic.twitter.com/5RB6krUF9A
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) December 10, 2017
After an amazing effort from the Ginger Wall, Frederik Andersen last night, it will be back up goalie Curtis McIlhinney getting the start for the Leafs at home.
McIlhinney bring a .900 save percentage into the game that is coupled with a 3.06 Goals Against Average.
If the Leafs are going to win this game, they will need solid goaltending as they do almost each night they have played in the last month.
Look for the much anticipated and overly exaggerated matchup between Nazem ‘the villain’ Kadri and Connor ‘Too Good for the NHL’ McDavid.
Seriously tho, it would appear that Kadri will have to be the shadow for McDavid this evening in a defensively minded role. Having typed that, this also means that Kadri scores the game winning goal as McDavid tries to drag him down.
Rumours are Nikita Soshnikov might get some playing time this evening if Auston Matthews is out of the lineup.
If Matthews is out, who takes over at center for him? Marleau or Nylander?
More as the Lines become available…..