Maple Leafs Get Another Crack At The Blue Jackets

Published January 8, 2018 at 2:26 PM
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"Toronto Maple Leafs 52 pts (25-16-2)
@
Columbus Blue Jackets 51 pts (24-16-3)
7 p.m. ET
Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON
TV: TSN4, NLHN-US
Radio: Sportsnet 590 AM

Season Series/Schedule
Date Game GWG
20-Dec TOR 2 @ CBJ 4 Pierre-Luc Dubois
8-Jan CBJ @ TOR
14-Feb CBJ @ TOR

Team Leaders
Maple Leafs Blue Jackets
Auston Matthews, 33 Points Artemi Panarin, 35
Auston Matthews, 19 Goals Josh Anderson (14)
Morgan Rielly, 26 Assists Artemi Panarin, 25

The Maple Leafs return to action after Saturday night's shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. They will host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, who beat the Leafs 4-2 in Columbus about three weeks ago.
Curtis McElhinney took the loss against the Blue Jackets in that game, but he will be watching from the bench tonight as Frederik Andersen gets the start.
Travis Dermott will remain in the lineup tonight, but he will move from his natural left side to the right side next to Jake Gardiner.
«We think he is a good player, let's get him in the lineup to play,» head coach Mike Babcock said after today's morning skate, per the Toronto Sun. «We're going to find out whether he can play or not over time. We will keep watching and see what happens.
«In an ideal world, he would be a right-hand shot and he would be on the team all year.»
Frederik Gauthier will continue to get a look at fourth-line center as Josh Leivo and Dominic Moore remain out of the lineup.
The Maple Leafs enter tonight's game with a 1-4-0 record against the Blue Jackets in their last five games, with their last win coming back in 2015.

Probable Maple Leafs Lineup
FORWARDS
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitchell Marner
Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Connor Brown
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Travis Dermott
Andreas Borgman - Roman Polak
GOALTENDER
Frederik Andersen (22-12-1, 2.64 GAA, .922 save %, 3 SO)
INJURY REPORT
LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia) out, RW-Nikita Soshnikov (lower-body) out, D-Nikita Zaitsev (lower-body) out

Probable Blue Jackets Lineup
FORWARDS
Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano - Lukas Sedak - Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert - Boone Jenner - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Tyler Motte - Jordan Schroeder - Markus Hannikainen
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Zach Werekski - Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara - David Savard
Scott Harrington - Jack Johnson
GOALTENDER
Sergei Bobrovsky (20-12-3, 2.41 GAA, .921 save %, 4 SO)
INJURY REPORT
D-Ryan Murray (upper-body) out, C-Brandon Dubinsky (orbital bone) out, C-Alexander Wennberg (back) out, RW-Cam Atkinson (foot) out"



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