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  1. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to extend their season-high point streak to 11 games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. The Maple Leafs have won three straight games and are 9-0-1 in their past 10. An 11-game point streak would tie the second-longest in Maple Leafs history; they went 8-0, with three ties from Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 1950 and 7-0 with four ties from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, 1994). Toronto's record is 16 games (14-0-1 with one tie, Nov. 22 to Dec. 26, 2003). Goalie Mike Smith is expected make his third straight start for the Oilers, who are 2-0-1 with 13 goals in their past three games. Players to watch Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games. Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in his past 13 games, and had at least a point in 12 of those games. They said it "They've been playing well, a very skilled team, so it will be a great test for us. We'll have to make sure we're ready. You just have to be consistent with 60-minute efforts like we had on Saturday against Boston (4-1 win). It can't be a one-off. It was a very solid game throughout our lineup and we're going to need that again tonight." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl "If you look at Edmonton they're probably a little bit more offensive, take a few more chances, but I don't think that changes our structure or the expectation of how we're supposed to play. We go out and do what we feel we have to do. We're just focused on keeping what we have going here." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Catch the excitement, the amazing plays. On TV. On the radio. On the internet. ..........On TSN! EDITOR'S NOTE: You can eat shit, Sportsnet.
  2. The Game Jake Gardiner will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time with the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. Gardiner, who signed a four-year contract with the Hurricanes as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 6, played his first 551 NHL games with the Maple Leafs from 2011-19. He had 245 points (45 goals, 200 assists) with Toronto. Carolina's seven-game point streak (6-0-1) ended with a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on Saturday. The Maple Leafs have won four in a row and six of their past seven games. They have outscored opponents 19-8 during the winning streak. Players to watch Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen has five assists during a four-game point streak. Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has a seven-game point streak (four goals, eight assists). They said it "We've got to grind one more game, and then we get a little bit of rest. We have to put [the loss Saturday] behind [us], put everything for the next game, and that's it." -- Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen "It's not an ideal circumstance, but the fact we are coming off a day off and then we go right into the game, that's something. We'll come in, get right to it, and that's the beauty of these afternoon games -- you wake up, get a meal, get to the rink and play the game and when it's over, you still have time to do your thing." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe Hurricanes projected lineup Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Jordan Martinook Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk James Reimer Petr Mrazek Scratched: Haydn Fleury Injured: None Maple Leafs projected lineup Kasperi Kapanen -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner Pierre Engvall -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Ilya Mikheyev Trevor Moore -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci Frederik Andersen Michael Hutchinson EDITOR'S NOTE: Doing this one from work, so I won't be able to post a proper GDT today.
  3. The Game Jack Eichel will try to extend his NHL season-high point streak to 17 games when the Buffalo Sabres face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. The center has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) during the streak, which is tied for the third-longest in Sabres history with Tim Connolly, who had points in 16 straight from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010, and Rick Martin (Oct. 27, 1974 to Nov. 28, 1974). Gilbert Perreault holds the Sabres record at 18 games (Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971). Dave Andreychuk had 17-game streaks from Dec. 31, 1991 to Feb. 4, 1992 and Oct. 18, 1992 to Nov. 14, 1992. Goalie Linus Ullmark will start for the Sabres, who are 3-0-2 during a five-game point streak. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who went 3-1-0 during a four-game road trip that ended with a 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Players to watch Sabres forward Victor Olofsson has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games and has scored in each of his past two. Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak. They said it "Jack's commitment to the game without the puck has been tremendous for us, his leadership on both sides of the puck. He's just a world class athlete and is able with any space to make something out of it. There's very few players who are a threat one-on-one but he's definitely at the top of the pile." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger on Jack Eichel "Any time you play a division rival, it's an important game. We have a chance to make up some ground here tonight." -- Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews Sabres projected lineup Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart Jimmy Vesey -- Marcus Johansson -- Rasmus Asplund Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues -- Conor Sheary Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen Rasmus Dahlin -- Brandon Montour Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju Linus Ullmark Maple Leafs projected lineup Kasperi Kapanen -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner Pierre Engvall -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Ilya Mikheyev Trevor Moore -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci Frederik Andersen
  4. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Calgary Flames will try to extend their season-long winning streak to seven games when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Calgary is 7-0-1 in its past eight games after a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). David Rittich, who is 14-7-4 with a 2.74 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 25 games, will start for the Flames. Frederik Andersen will make his sixth straight start for the Maple Leafs and try for his 200th NHL win. Toronto has won two in a row and is 6-3-0 in its past nine games. Players to watch Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has three goals in his past two games and leads the team with 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists). Flames center Sean Monahan has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a seven-game point streak and has goals in four consecutive games. They said it "I think both of us are trying to build on a lot of good things, put a few in a row. It should be a great test, a really good hockey game. For us, we're just trying to focus on what we have to continue to do and carry the start we've had on this road trip into the second half." -- Maple Leafs center John Tavares "They've got lots of skill. I think we've got to stick to our game and play our game. That's how we're winning right now. We're sticking together, rolling four lines. Everyone's contributing. We've got to do that tonight. Everyone's playing a role. That's a huge part to winning as a team." -- Flames center Sean Monahan
  5. Starting Goaltenders Thought I'd call it that since I wouldn't put it past wankstain Hughson to compare those players given he's compared Matthews to Boeser in the past. -_____- Too bad we're not on TSN instead, so we wouldn't have to listen to that crap.
  6. Starting Goaltenders The Game The St. Louis Blues will try to win for the eighth straight time against the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play at Enterprise Center on Saturday. The Blues, who defeated Toronto 3-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 7, have outscored the Maple Leafs 26-14 since Toronto last defeated St. Louis, 4-1 at home Jan. 2, 2016. The Maple Leafs have lost three of four and been outscored 16-8 after winning three straight since coach Sheldon Keefe replaced Mike Babcock on Nov. 20. The Blues are 6-2-1 in their past nine games but are coming off a 3-0 road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, which ended their four-game winning streak and their 10-game road point streak (8-0-2). Status report Aberg will step into Johnsson's spot on the top line. Johnsson was placed on injured reserve Friday after blocking a shot in a 3-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday; he'll be re-evaluated after Christmas. ... Petan will play after being recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Friday. ... Bortuzzo will replace Gunnarsson. ... Steen and Sundqvist skated Saturday but Blues coach Craig Berube said neither is ready to play yet.
  7. The Game Mitchell Marner will return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. The forward, who missed 10 games because of an ankle injury sustained against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 9, practiced with the Maple Leafs on Monday. He has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games this season. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start the second of a back to back for Toronto, which is 4-2-0 in its past six games following a six-game winless streak (0-5-1). Andersen, who allowed four goals in the third period of a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, was originally scheduled to back up Michael Hutchinson on Wednesday, but he asked coach Sheldon Keefe to play because he was not happy with how the game ended. Nazem Kadri will return to Toronto for the first time with the Avalanche. The center, selected by the Maple Leafs with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, spent the first 561 games of his League career with Toronto, with 357 points (161 goals, 196 assists). He was traded to the Avalanche with defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft for center Alexander Kerfoot, defenseman Tyson Barrie and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on July 1. Goalie Philipp Grubauer will start for Colorado, which seeks its fourth straight win and ninth victory in 12 games (8-3-0). Players to watch Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in a seven-game point streak. Maple Leafs captain John Tavares has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games. They said it "It's a little different even walking out to the ice from the visiting side, I got a little lost, almost needed a map or something. I'm trying not to think too much about it. Part of me wants it over and done with and part of me wants to just enjoy the moment because I've worked hard for it." -- Avalanche center Nazem Kadri "It's a tough way to go but in the big picture it's probably a better way for things to finish for us to get the shake-up perhaps that we need before tomorrow's game." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe on giving up four goals in the final 3:28 during a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday Avalanche projected lineup Joonas Donskoi -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen Matt Calvert -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher Valeri Nichushkin -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Logan O'Connor Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- T.J. Tynan Cale Makar -- Nikita Zadorov Samuel Girard -- Calle Rosen Ian Cole -- Ryan Graves Philipp Grubauer Pavel Francouz Maple Leafs projected lineup Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner Zach Hyman -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier - Dmytro Timashov Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie Frederik Andersen Michael Hutchinson EDITOR'S NOTE: Had to run some errands, so it will be a quick one tonight. @PIPERSMAN63, I recall you mentioning the toilet being plugged in one GDT. Well, in case you want a good laugh at my expense, I actually did run into issues with the sewer being plugged up, so yeah....there's that.
  8. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their season-high fifth straight win when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Flyers are 5-0-1 in their past six games. They went 10-2-4 in November and their 24 points led the NHL. Goalie Carter Hart, who has allowed one regulation goal in each of his past three games, will start. Toronto is 4-1-0 in five games since Sheldon Keefe replaced Mike Babcock as coach Nov. 20. Frederik Andersen will start in goal in the first of back-to-back games for the Maple Leafs, who will play the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Players to watch Maple Leafs forward John Tavares has six points (four goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. They said it "He looks hungry and confident, looking to make a difference. We're trying to put him in really good spots both at 5-on-5 and on the power play to utilize the skill that he has. He's been really good and he and Auston (Matthews) and (Andreas) Johnsson have done a great job together." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe, on forward William Nylander "They're playing with a good pace. They've got their [defensemen] involved on the forecheck and on the attack, on the rush. They're a good team. Everyone before the season started talked about this being a high-skilled team that could generate a lot offensively and that's definitely what they've got." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault, on the Maple Leafs
  9. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Buffalo Sabres look to complete a home-and-home sweep against the Toronto Maple Leafs when the teams play at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. The Sabres scored four consecutive goals in a 6-4 win against the Maple Leafs in Buffalo on Friday. They are 2-1-1 in their past four games and 3-8-3 in their past 14. The loss was Toronto's first under coach Sheldon Keefe, who had won his first three games since replacing Mike Babcock on Nov. 20. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs after backing up Michael Hutchinson on Friday; and forward Alexander Kerfoot returns to the lineup after a two-game suspension. Carter Hutton, who was the backup to Linus Ullmark on Friday, will start for the Sabres. Players to watch Sabres center Jack Eichel, who scored twice and had an assist against the Maple Leafs on Friday, has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) during an eight-game point streak. Maple Leafs center John Tavares, who scored twice Friday, has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past two games and needs one assist for 400 in the NHL. They said it "We're not going to care about the standings until April 4, it's something we've talked about from the start. We need to take care of developing a consistent game here, we're in a learning phase. We want to stay in the race but above all it's about our development right now, small picture. But we love our last five games." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger "Moving forward it's going to be more important for us to be more consistent over 60 minutes and we can worry about that tonight." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly on giving up a 2-0 lead against the Sabres on Friday
  10. Starting Goaltenders The Game Sheldon Keefe will try to win his fourth straight game since taking over as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Friday. Keefe, who replaced Mike Babcock on Nov. 20, became the first coach in Maple Leafs history to win each of his first three games with a 6-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The Sabres, who are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, are 2-8-2 in November and have scored two goals or fewer in five of their past six (1-4-1). This is the first of a home-and-home series, with the two teams playing at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. Players to watch Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 11 games against Buffalo. Sabres forward Victor Olofsson has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak. They said it "At the end of the day, we still have to go out there and perform, work, and do the job. It just doesn't change because of a coaching change. … We still have to go out there and work. We've brought maybe a little bit more emotion and determination in our game in the last three games, and it's helped." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin "We're really excited about it. It's been highlighted on the calendar for a while, this back-to-back. You can feel the energy in the group. We're going to make the picture small here and do our best to play some strong hockey. Of course, the rivalry will bring emotion into the building. We know it'll be a mix of people from Canada and Buffalo supporting both sides, which will create a bit of an atmosphere like I'm used to often in Europe, when there's lots of road fans. It'll certainly give a spark to the game. -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
  11. The Game Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot and Nazem Kadri each will play his first game against his former team when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday. The Maple Leafs acquired Barrie, the highest-scoring defenseman in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history, with forward Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in a trade with Colorado for center Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft. Barrie scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, when the Maple Leafs ended a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) in the debut of coach Sheldon Keefe, who took over on Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired. Barrie, who played eight seasons for the Avalanche, has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 24 games for Toronto; Kerfoot, who played two seasons for Colorado, has eight points (five goals, three assists) in 21 games. Kadri has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 22 games for the Avalanche, who are 5-2-0 in their past seven games. Kadri played his first 10 NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs. Players to watch Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past nine games. Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past eight games. They said it "[Colorado] is such a beautiful spot and a great place to live. I had a lot of great years there and met some wonderful people. I'm excited to go back and see everyone." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie "I'm pretty happy with what our group's done. For the most part we're competing to win every night. All things considered, I think we're in a pretty good place." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar Maple Leafs projected lineup Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman Alexander Kerfoot -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier -- Nicholas Shore Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie Frederik Andersen Avalanche projected lineup Andre Burakovsky -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Joonas Donskoi Valeri Nichushkin -- Nazem Kadri -- J.T. Compher Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- T.J. Tynan A.J. Greer -- Vladislav Kamenev -- Logan O'Connor Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar Nikita Zadorov -- Ian Cole Philipp Grubauer Gotta head out, so I won't be able to post a proper GDT today unfortunately.
  12. Starting Goaltenders --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Game Sheldon Keefe will coach his first game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday. Keefe was hired Wednesday after Mike Babcock was fired. Keefe was in his fifth season as coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. The Maple Leafs are 0-5-1 in their past six games. The Coyotes have shut out their past two opponents and are 4-1-0 in their past five games. Players to watch Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games. Coyotes forward Conor Garland has three goals in his past four games and leads Arizona with 10 goals. They said it "This is probably easiest on the players, quite frankly. They're just here to play a hockey game. They're probably happy there's a game to play tonight." -- Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas on the coaching change "Toronto is going to come out with juice. There's urgency. The antennas are up. The players aren't happy, the organization isn't happy. So there's a lot of focus. There's a lot of tension." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet
  13. Starting Goaltenders The Game Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will make his NHL debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they look to end a season-long four-game winless streak, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. The 26-year-old, recalled from Toronto of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, will play after Frederik Andersen made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. Kaskisuo was 6-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in eight AHL games this season. The Maple Leafs are 0-3-1 in their past four games after winning their previous three. The Penguins are winless in two straight games (0-1-1) after going 4-1-1 in their previous six. They lost 2-1 at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Goalie Tristan Jarry could make his fourth start this season after Matt Murray made 19 saves against the Devils. Jarry is 1-3-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .929 save percentage in five games (three starts). Players to watch Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in a six-game point streak. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has one assist in the past two games with center Sidney Crosby injured (core muscle surgery). He has averaged 1.32 points per game in 122 games with Crosby out of the lineup. They said it "It's a matter of pulling together and digging in. We've got to find a way to just make ourselves a step better and get ourselves a win so we can get back on track." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock "We're cutting down on the quality and the quantity of scoring chances against significantly, and we're generating a fair amount. So all we can do ... is control the process." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
  14. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Boston Bruins will go for their first win in five games when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Friday. The Bruins are 0-2-2 in their past four games, including a 5-4 shootout loss against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, a game they led 4-0 entering the third period. The Maple Leafs, who are 0-2-1 in their past three games, will be without center Alexander Kerfoot, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair dental fractures sustained Nov. 5 against the Los Angeles Kings. Players to watch Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past eight games. Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a five-game point streak. They said it "Good depth throughout the organization. The coaching staff is willing to use younger guys and put them in positions where we make it clear what we're expecting, no more, no less. We have enough good players to support the younger guys, and other than that, I know it sounds cliché, but it's next man up. We've been able to buy into that and it has to do with our top guys recognizing they have to do a little more some nights to help guys along." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy "We've seen these guys a lot. The Bergeron line is probably the best line in hockey and they've been on fire as of late, pretty much all season. It's always a challenge to match up against a line like that and try to shut them down. We want to stay patient and make sure we're doing our job from a defensive side of things." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews
  15. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without forward Mitchell Marner as they try to extend their point streak to six games when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday. Toronto, 3-0-2 in its past five games after going 2-3-1 in its previous six, won't have Marner after he left in the second period of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday with an ankle injury. Marner is second on the Maple Leafs in scoring with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games. Chicago, 2-1-2 in its past five games after going 1-4-1 in its previous five, is also playing the second of a back-to-back set. The Blackhawks lost 3-2 in a shootout at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Players to watch Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past seven games. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak after having one assist in his previous five games. They said it "I thought the first about six minutes we were all over the place, then we seemed to settle in and get playing. I actually thought it was a good hockey game up and down the rink; we had opportunity, they had opportunity. Unfortunate they got the second point and we didn't." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on a 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers "We took a step [forward]. It was one of our better games we've played, tough rink and tough opponent. To really move it forward, the team needs to be rewarded for those efforts. We went through a stretch like that earlier in the year when we played well and didn't get the win and that wears on you." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on a 3-2 shootout loss at Pittsburgh
  16. Starting Goaltenders The Game Mike Babcock will become the eighth NHL coach to win 700 games if the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Vegas Golden Knights at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday. Babcock is 699-413-163 with 19 ties in 17 seasons for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Detroit Red Wings and Maple Leafs. He will also coach his 1,295th game and pass Jacques Martin for sole possession of 12th place in NHL history. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who hope to win three straight games for the first time this season. Backup goalie Malcolm Subban starts for the Golden Knights, who will try to extend their point streak to five games. Vegas is 2-0-2 in its past four. Players to watch Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith scored both goals in a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games. They said it "Marc-Andre's not going to play every game. He's been outstanding. He's a great goalie for us but Malcolm's from Toronto. He's played real good lately, so it's a good opportunity for him. We have a lot of confidence in him. If you're going to go anywhere in the NHL, you need two good goaltenders and we believe we do." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant on starting Malcolm Subban "Their depth, their speed, defensively, every area of the ice they are strong. They've got good forwards, good goaltending and I think they just come at you in waves. It's always a challenge playing these guys because they have a lot of speed and skill and we have to make sure we can harness it." -- Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews
  17. The Game John Tavares will return for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. Tavares, who has seven points (three goals, four assists) in eight games, missed the past seven games with a broken finger. The Maple Leafs were 3-2-2 without him in the lineup. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin will face Los Angeles for the first time since being traded to Toronto on January 28. He had 213 points (51 goals, 162 assists) in 496 games with the Kings over parts of eight seasons. Jonathan Quick is expected to start for the Kings, who are playing the first game of a three-game road trip and have been outscored 23-11 in their past five games (1-4-0). Players to watch Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored in overtime in a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games. Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak. They said it "I've known him since I was like 9 years old so just miss hanging out with him, beating him at golf and obviously miss him in the room and on the ice. He was my partner for a few years and we had great chemistry. We'll chirp each other, no doubt about that. He's going to try to rush the puck and I'm going to try to stand him up. Everyone says even if you're friends off the ice, it's all business on the ice." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Jake Muzzin "It'll be different, I've never done that. It'll be fun out there seeing some of guys I played with for a long time, it'll be a little different but it will be fun. I had a good career there, a lot of good memories and a lot of good friendships." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin Kings projected lineup Carl Grundstrom -- Anze Kopitar -- Jeff Carter Ilya Kovalchuk -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli Alex Iafallo -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy Jonathan Quick Jack Campbell Maple Leafs projected lineup Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander Trevor Moore -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen Nic Petan -- Nicholas Shore -- Frederik Gauthier Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl Frederik Andersen Michael Hutchinson EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry guys, but I won't be able to get a proper GDT made today.
  18. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Washington Capitals will try to win for the sixth time in seven games when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. Goalie Braden Holtby will start for Washington, 5-0-1 in its past six games and 3-0-1 in the first four games of a five-game road trip. Defenseman Travis Dermott will make his season debut for the Maple Leafs after missing the first 13 games of the season recovering from shoulder surgery on May 10. The 22-year-old was first injured Feb. 27 of last season but returned for the final four regular season games and seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for Toronto, 2-3-1 in its past six games. Players to watch Capitals defenseman John Carlson leads NHL players at the position in scoring with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) and had a nine-game point streak (18 points; five goals, 13 assists) end in a 6-5 overtime win at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin has scored a goal in each of his past two games and has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past six games. They said it "What he's done is phenomenal and he's a huge reason why our team is where we are right now in the standings. … He was asked to take on a bigger leadership role and take on more responsibility of being a real veteran back there and he's done a phenomenal job." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden on defenseman John Carlson "It's been way too long. I think it's the longest I've been away from the game so being cleared medically, it's what I've been thinking and dreaming about for the last six months, so it's really exciting." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott
  19. Starting Goaltenders The Game Michael Hutchinson is expected to start in the second of back-to-back games for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday. Toronto, with Frederik Andersen in goal, defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Friday for its fourth win in seven games (4-2-1). Hutchinson is 0-2-1 with a 4.02 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in four games this season. Carey Price will likely start in goal for Montreal, which will try to avoid a third straight loss after going 3-1-0 in its previous four games. The Canadiens have allowed 11 power-play goals, tied with the Los Angeles Kings for most in the NHL, and their penalty killing success rate of 67.7 percent is 30th in the League. Players to watch Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games, and 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 12 games against Montreal. Canadiens forward Max Domi has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak. They said it "We wanted a bounce-back game, get back in the win column, and then back-to-backs, we haven't been too good on them. So, we've got another test [Saturday] in Montreal and we've got to rest up, recover, and get ready to go." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews after Toronto's victory against the San Jose Sharks on Friday "It's mistakes that we're making within here. The system's in place and we've seen that when we do it well, it works. And when we step away from that or we're not in the right position is when we're getting scored on. So, it's just a matter of making sure that everone's in the correct position and we're all on the same page." -- Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry on penalty killing struggles
  20. Starting Goaltenders The Game Patrick Marleau will play his 1,500th NHL game with the San Jose Sharks against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Friday. Marleau will become the seventh player in League history to play at least 1,500 games for the same franchise, joining Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings, 1,687), Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings, 1,564), Alex Delvecchio (Red Wings, 1,550), Shane Doan (Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes, 1,540), Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins, 1,518) and Steve Yzerman (Red Wings, 1,514). It also will be Marleau's first game in Toronto since the Maple Leafs traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes on June 22. Goalie Frederik Andersen will start for the Maple Leafs, who are playing the first of back-to-back games; they play the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday. Players to watch Sharks forward Evander Kane has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past four games. Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games. They said it "We can't be satisfied now. We go into another tough building on Friday night against a team that's going through some tough times. They're going to be fired up, they're very powerful up front, so we're going to have to play well to beat them." -- Sharks captain Logan Couture "The way he takes care of himself physically, a lot of his routines and things he's done to continue to play at a high level and keep himself healthy and durable, I think that's truly amazing and something I definitely very much admired. Just as a guy, he brings people together." -- Maple Leafs captain John Tavares on Patrick Marleau
  21. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without center John Tavares when they host the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. Tavares sustained a broken finger when he was hit on the right hand by a shot from Morgan Rielly in a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. He is expected to miss a minimum of two weeks. Frederik Andersen, who backed up Michael Hutchinson against the Capitals, will start for the Maple Leafs, who are 2-3-0 in their past five games. Bruins center David Krejci will miss his second-consecutive game with an upper body injury sustained during a 4-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Jaroslav Halak will start for the Bruins, who are 2-0-1 in their past three games. Players to watch Bruins forward David Pastrnak has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his past two games and 13 points (eight goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak. Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen had three points (one goal, two assists) on Wednesday against the Capitals and has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. They said it "I don't think we've played our best hockey by any stretch. Our record is probably a product of really good special teams, some timely scoring and really good goaltending. We're not as tight as we typically are, we're giving up more than we typically do so we have some areas we need to address." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy "Kerfoot is a way better than we expected; he's way grittier and got more grease to him. We think he's going to make way more plays as time goes on and he gets more comfortable. He has to continue to work on his defensive side, so he has the puck more. That's the big thing for him, having the puck more." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on center Alexander Kerfoot, who is being elevated in the lineup in the absence of Tavares
  22. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Toronto Maple Leafs will go for their third consecutive victory when they visit the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs will play the second half of a back to back following a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. Forward Mitchell Marner (one goal, two assists) and defenseman Morgan Rielly (four assists) combined for seven points in the second period. Goalie Michael Hutchinson is expected to make his second start of the season; he made 37 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 5. The Capitals are 1-2-2 in their past five games and will try to win at home for the first time this season (0-1-2). Rookie goalie Ilya Samsonov, who replaced Braden Holtby in the first period of a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, will make his first home start. Players to watch Maple Leafs center John Tavares has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak and has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 37 games against Washington. Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and has 68 points (39 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games against Toronto. They said it "It's always tough going back-to-back with travel. But there's no excuse to not be ready. We've got a great staff here and we're going to do whatever we have to do to get ready." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly "He's a rookie goaltender and finding his way. We've liked how he's played so far and just thought it was the right decision to get him back in there for us tonight." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden on goalie Ilya Samsonov
  23. Starting Goaltenders The Game The Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs each will look to win their second game in a row when they play at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. The Wild defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday for their first win of the season. Goalie Devan Dubnyk, who is 0-4-0 with a 4.56 goals-against average and .862 save percentage, will start after Alex Stalock made 26 saves against the Senators. The Maple Leafs, who are playing the first of back-to-back games, ended a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) with a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Mike Babcock will coach his 1,285th NHL game, tying Darryl Sutter for 13th on the NHL all-time list. Players to watch Wild defenseman Brad Hunt has four points (two goals, two assists) in five games and leads Minnesota in scoring. Maple Leafs forward Ilya Mikheyev had a goal and an assist against the Red Wings and has five points (two goals, three assists) in his first six NHL games. They said it "I don't want to put anybody down but we're not going to score five goals every night so we have to hold teams to one or two. And if you do that you usually have success." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau "I'm sure they'll be hungry. It will be a good test for us. They've got some veteran guys and it's always a tough challenge going up against them because they play a steady game and wait on you to make mistakes and get you to fall into their trap." -- Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews
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