Matthews A Game Time Decision Against Oilers.

Published December 10, 2017 at 6:26 PM

"Toronto Maple Leafs 39 pts (19-10-1)
Edmonton Oilers 35 pts (12-15-2)
7 p.m. ET
Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON
TV: SportsnetThe Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans got a bit of bad news before the team's Sunday night matchup against the Edmonton Oilers. Superstar forward Auston Matthews will be a game time decision tonight. Head coach Mike Babcock said that Matthews along with some other players were dealing with some "bumps and bruises" and the lineup will be officially decided after warm ups. Matthews "bruise" could be linked to the accidental hit he took from teammate Morgan Rielly during the third period of Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Leafs are 3-0-0 when Matthews and Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid have gone head to head, both players have three points and are -1 in the matchups. "I don't think it really matters. It's two teams that are going to play hard so it should be an entertaining game." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on playing on back-to-back nights.
"I want to play against the best players, that's why I dreamt about playing in the NHL. For me it just makes me feel comfortable knowing who I'm going to play against." -- Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri on matching up against Connor McDavid.Both teams are playing in back to back games and while Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen will get a breather in favour of backup goalie Curtis McElhinney, Oilers starter Laurent Brossoit will not, as he'll play his second game in as many nights. Here's a look at the projected lineups:Probable Maple Leafs Lineup
orward Lines
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Connor Brown
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - William Nylander
Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman - Roman Polak
GOALTENDERCurtis McElhinneyProbable Oilers Lineup
FORWARDSMilan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Michael Cammalleri
Nathan Walker - Leon Draisaitl - Ryan Strome
Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse - Kris Russell
Oscar Klefbom - Matt Benning
Yohann Auvitu - Brandon DavidsonGOALTENDER

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