The Leafs will face off against their provincial rivals tonight, the Ottawa Senators, and attempt to win 3 in a row for the first time since late December, when they managed 5 consecutive wins.
Win or lose, it will be nice to see the focus returned to the ice after Auston Matthews inked a new 5 year contract extension worth an annual average of $11.63M per season. That, combined with the words of Mitch Marners agent Darren Ferris, that were twisted by respected and beloved “journalist” Dave Feschuk, caused quite a stir around Leafs Nation.
To get a break from all of the drama will be nice, and it will be all the sweeter if they can send the Senators home without a point.
Making that all the more possible is the fact that William Nylander is showing signs of returning to his old productive ways. With 1 goal and 6 points in his past 5 games, he is starting to find chemistry with Nazem Kadri, and the pair are providing the team with the depth scoring they’ve been lacking of late.
Meanwhile, the newest member of the Leafs, Jake Muzzin, had what I’d call his best game as a Leaf since being acquired. With a goal and 2 assists, to go along with a solid defensive and physical game, he has really won the hearts of fans early in his tenure here. Let’s hope this is a positive sign of things to come.
No lineup changes are expected at this time. Frederik Andersen starts for the Leafs.
#Leafs lines at practice:
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 5, 2019
GO LEAFS GO!!!