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LGD: Please Beat the Sens

HAPPY GAME DAY! THE LEAFS HAVE LOST FOUR STRAIGHT!

Now that we’ve addressed that elephant in the room, we can get on with our lives and this preview.

Suffice it to say that the Leafs have not been playing their best hockey of late. I think we were maybe hoping that fatigue was getting to the team after a really busy first half, but they’re back from their NHL-mandated bye week and frankly… they don’t look any better. It’s possible they look worse.

Frustration has been boiling over among the fanbase — and the players. Freddie Andersen had some choice words for his team. Maybe that will spur them to a better effort tonight in their third of four meetings with Ottawa this season.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN
Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS
William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU
Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI
Leo Komarov
LEO KOMAROV
James van Riemsdyk
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
Tyler Bozak
TYLER BOZAK
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN
Matt Martin
MATT MARTIN
Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY
Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER
Connor Carrick
CONNOR CARRICK
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT
Roman Polak
ROMAN POLAK

As far as forward lines go, we’re about par for the course. Nothing has significantly changed, unless you count the Brown-for-Marner swap, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. Babs has done this before this season, and no, it’s not ideal that neither Marner nor Brown are in the top six and Uncle Leo is… But it is what it is.

Defense-wise, the Leafs are still without Nikita Zaitsev. Morgan Rielly was on the ice this morning for the Leafs’ optional skate, so we’ll be optimistic and hope that he’s tentatively in. At the very least, that upper body injury from last game doesn’t seem too serious.

Travis Dermott is, alas, attached to the anchor that is Roman Polak. Free him, etc. We could have Borgman and Dermott, but WE DON’T GET TO HAVE NICE THINGS.

Senators Lines

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Johnny Oduya
JOHNNY ODUYA
Erik Karlsson
ERIK KARLSSON
Dion Phaneuf
DION PHANEUF
Cody Ceci
CODY CECI
Mark Borowiecki
MARK BOROWIECKI
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

It is maybe telling that in this, the year of our Lord 2018, Johnny Oduya is playing on the first defense pair… With Erik Karlsson. (Side note: When’s EK65 gonna be a Leaf?)

The Senators are having a miserable season, but they have come away with a victory in both games against the Leafs so far.

To be perfectly honest, there’s not much more to be said about this team. Let’s see if the #elite Mark Stone can lead the Sens to another win against Auston Matthews and the Leafs.

Starting Goalies

Unless something changes, it should be Andersen vs. Anderson tonight. (Our Andersen better.)

Craig Anderson has had a pretty nightmarish season — he’s a good chunk of the reason the Senators are as low in the standings as they are. While he has been solid against the Leafs, hopefully the offense can dig deep and put some behind him tonight.

Freddie Andersen has been good of late. Unfortunately, his team has not been, so he’s riding a four-game losing streak. #yikes

Maybe that will change tonight. Maybe it won’t, and we all hit the panic button and descend into despair. Eat at Arby’s.

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