LGD: Fighting 20 Duck Sized Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing a lot of good things defensively right now. Over the past three games, the Leafs have given up just 66 shots against; a mark they haven’t even come close to in three years (guess what the variable is). They’re going to need that prowess to continue tonight, however, as they take on the Anaheim Ducks.

The Leafs

Lines via Dailyfaceoff.com

Daniel Winnik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik
Leo Komarov – Mike Santorelli – David Clarkson
David Booth – Trevor Smith – Troy Bodie

Dion Phaneuf – Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly – Roman Polak
Jake Gardiner – Stephane Robidas

I guess we’ll see if Leo actually plays tonight after his in and out and back in trip to the dressing room in Los Angeles. Beyond that, it looks like practically the same roster as the other night.

The Ducks

Lines via Dailyfaceoff.com

Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Rene Bourque – Ryan Kesler – Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano – Rickard Rakell – Jakob Silverberg
Matt Beleskey – Nate Thompson – Devante Smith-Pelley

Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Francois Beauchemin – Hampus Lindholm
Clayton Stoner – Sami Vatanen

Patrick Maroon has one of the best passenger roles in the NHL, eh? I feel like anybody could pick up points on Getzlaf and Perry’s wing. The second line features “bad Bourque” and “good Palmieri”, which is a nice little yin/yang setup.

Starting Goalies

Jonathan Bernier vs. Frederik Andersen is the likely matchup. Anderson has been one of the better success stories of this season, putting up slightly above average numbers at plenty below average investment. Jonathan Bernier has nice hair and stops tons of puck for Toronto.

What to Watch For

The Ducks still haven’t retired Paul Kariya’s number, so watch for me screaming at them to do that throughout the game from my bedroom.

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  • silentbob

    I have enjoyed Daniel Winnik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel line. People have been saying it hasn’t been scoring as often but what I like it is not being scored on that often. I cannot wait for the return of holland so we can see the return of santo onto the second line and panik onto the third. Then put Clarkson on the fourth. So Bodie, not an NHL player in my eyes. You played 2-3 minutes a few nights so far.