Kadri Returns To The Lineup Tonight Against The Lightning.

Published January 2, 2018 at 5:25 PM

"Toronto Maple Leafs 48 pts (23-15-2)Vs.Tampa Bay Lightning 58 pts (28-8-2)7 p.m. ETAir Canada Center – Toronto, ONTV: SportsnetThe Toronto Maple Leafs will welcome center Nazem Kadri back to the lineup after missing the last two games with a sore neck. He'll be back in between Patrick Marleau and Leo Komarov. The Leafs lost both those games with Kadri out of the lineup and are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. "I hate missing games and sitting on the sidelines when I know I can be on the ice contributing. I just did everything I possibly could to get back as quick as I could. I feel good heading into tonight. There's no dipping your toe in the water, they're a great team. They've got an exceptional first couple of lines." Kadri said.The Lightning of course sit on top of the Atlantic Division with 58 points in 38 games this season, a 10 point lead on both the Boston Bruins and Leafs who are tied with 48 points. The Lightning haven't slowed down at all with the team enjoying a 8-2-0 record during their last 10 games. Brayden Point has 15 points in his last 13 games for the Lightning while goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy is 9-1-0 with three shutouts in his last 10 starts. The Leafs will counter with Frederik Andersen as well as adding Frederik Gauthier to their lineup.Here's a look at tonight's projected rosters.Probable Maple Leafs LineupFORWARDSZach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Connor BrownDEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Andreas Borgman - Roman PolakGOALTENDERFrederik AndersenProbable Lightning LineupFORWARDSVladislav Namestnikov - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Yanni Gourde - Cory Conacher
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - J.T. BrownDEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Victor Hedman - Jake Dotchin
Mikhail Sergachev - Dan Girardi
Braydon Coburn - Anton StralmanGOALTENDERAndrei Vasilevskiy


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