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The Toronto Maple Leafs begin a three-game set against the Montreal Canadiens in prime position to clinch first in the North Division. Any combination of Leafs wins or Oilers losses that add up to a six point differential will give them the division title. Additionally, a single win in this mini-series with Montreal will secure the Leafs with a positive win record over each of their regular season opponents.

Meanwhile, the Habs look to continue their two-game winning streak off the back of Cole Caulfield’s first NHL goal. Their play of late (accompanied by a faltering Winnipeg Jets team), has seen them get to within striking distance of third place in the North, they are currently just two points back of a Jets team that has lost six straight games.

Despite the possibility that the Habs could leapfrog the Jets, the Leafs are still sizing them up as a potential first round matchup per Jake Muzzin at today’s morning skate:

The Leafs will also be without Justin Holl tonight as he recovers from the facial injury on Saturday that saw him leave during the third period, Timothy Liljegren will take his spot in the lineup.

Tale of the Tape

 

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Lineups

Toronto Maple Leafs

LW C RW
Nick Foligno
NICK FOLIGNO

Rating: 72.5#61 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 82.3#6 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 76.6#18 RW

Alex Galchenyuk
ALEX GALCHENYUK

Rating: 70.8#115 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 77.6#15 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.1#23 RW

Ilya Mikheyev
ILYA MIKHEYEV

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 70.8#113 C

Wayne Simmonds
WAYNE SIMMONDS

Rating: 70.2#112 RW

Joe Thornton
JOE THORNTON

Rating: 72.3#74 LW

Adam Brooks
ADAM BROOKS
Jason Spezza
JASON SPEZZA

Rating: 69.4#126 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 75.3#14 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 74.2#27 RD

Jake Muzzin
JAKE MUZZIN

Rating: 75.1#17 LD

Timothy Liljegren
TIMOTHY LILJEGREN
Rasmus Sandin
RASMUS SANDIN

Rating: 72.3#69 LD

Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 71.7#83 RD

Montreal Canadiens

LW C RW
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI
Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.5#29 C

Josh Anderson
JOSH ANDERSON

Rating: 73.4#42 RW

Tyler Toffoli
TYLER TOFFOLI

Rating: 75.9#25 LW

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 73.1#54 RW

Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 71.7#81 LW

Jake Evans
JAKE EVANS
Cole Caufield
COLE CAUFIELD
Michael Frolik
MICHAEL FROLIK

Rating: 70.7#102 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 74.2#45 C

Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 70.8#101 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Joel Edmundson
JOEL EDMUNDSON

Rating: 73.8#39 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 76.7#13 RD

Alexander Romanov
ALEXANDER ROMANOV
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 73.8#38 RD

Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 73.4#46 LD

Jon Merrill
JON MERRILL

Rating: 72.6#54 RD

Leafs Starting Goalie: Jack Campbell

It’s no surprise that the Leafs are going back to their starting goalie after a solid and fairly quiet Saturday night that saw him make 26 saves (.963 save percentage). The likely playoff starter has a 15-2-1 record on the season and a .927 overall save percentage.

Canadiens Starting Goalie: Jake Allen

Jake Allen returns to the starter’s crease for the Habs tonight. The 30-year old netminder looks for redemption after posting an .862 save percentage against the Leafs last Wednesday. In 24 games this season, Allen has a 10-10-4 record and an overall save percentage of .909.

Puck drop is at 7PM and you can find the game on Sportsnet Ontario.


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