Leafs Look To Get A Win Against The Struggling Blackhawks.

Published January 24, 2018 at 4:42 PM

"Toronto Maple Leafs 57 pts (26-18-5)vsChicago Blackhawks 50 pts (22-19-6)8 p.m. ETUnited Center – Chicago, ILTV: Sportsnet
The Toronto Maple Leafs look to break out of their midseason funk tonight in Chicago against the struggling Blackhawks. The Leafs are 1-2-3 in their last six games while the Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in their last five games at home and have been outscored 13-3 during their three game losing streak. Kasperi Kapanen is expected to play tonight after being recalled from the Marlies earlier this week. He'll play on the fourth line with Leo Komarov and Dominic Moore while Matt Martin is expected to be a healthy scratch along with Josh Leivo and Rinat Valiev. After getting ripped by fans for the majority of the season, defenseman Jake Gardiner has been turning it up a bit lately with five assists during a three game point streak while Auston Matthews has three points in his past two games. Frederik Andersen will get the start for the Leafs while Jeff Glass will start for the Hawks, On the Hawks side of things, the team has struggled immensely and currently sits in the basement of the Central Division. Captain Jonathan Toews has no points in his last five games and the majority of the team has struggled except for Patrick Kane. Here's tonight's projected lineups:Probable Maple Leafs LineupFORWARDSZach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Mitchell Marner
James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown
Leo Komarov -- Dominic Moore -- Kasperi KapanenDEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Jake Gardiner -- Ron Hainsey
Travis Dermott -- Connor Carrick
Andreas Borgman -- Roman PolakGOALTENDER

Frederik AndersenProbable Blackhawks LineupFORWARDSBrandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Anthony Duclair
Patrick Sharp -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat -- Artem Anisimov -- Ryan Hartman
Tomas Jurco -- David Kampf -- Vinnie HinostrozaDEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith -- Jordan Oesterle
Erik Gustafsson -- Brent Seabrook
Michal Kempny -- Connor MurphyGOALTENDER

Jeff Glass

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