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LGD: One More Time Against the Rebuilding Sens

Going into this season, one of the biggest stories was how the Leafs and Sens were both great teams, and finally we can have a legitimate Battle of Ontario.

Too bad the Sens forgot how to be lucky.

It took only four months, but the Sens went from being an Eastern Conference Finals team to a lottery contender, all because their luck in one goal games is no longer good.

Well, that sucks. It sure is nice being in a playoff spot, meanwhile.

Despite that, the Sens actually lead the season series 2-1, so I can’t make fun of them too much, as they’ve had the Leafs number over the last few years. So while last game against the Preds was a test to see if they were competitive against a contender, this game is a test to see if they’re still the team that’s been dominant the last couple of weeks against weak teams.

The Leafs

The lineups remain the same for the forwards. Matt Martin is surprisingly still out, and Komarov remains on the fourth line, but considering the Leafs are 6-1 with these lines it makes sense.

Apparently Babcock thinks the Sens are bad enough that he doesn’t need to play safe, so Polak draws out of the lineup and Carrick draws in.

The Senators

It’ll be an intimidating night for the Leafs, as they’ll be up against Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Matt Duchene, and… yeah, that’s all I got. If you thought it was bad that we had Ron Hainsey on our top pair, at least we don’t have Johnny Oduya on our top pair. I don’t think he was that high on *Dallas’* defense, which is saying a lot.

The only injury of note for the Sens is Bobby Ryan, who remains on the shelf with a hand injury, while the Sens will get Derick Brassard and Mark Stone back for tonight’s game.

Starting Goalies

Once again, Frederik Andersen will be in the crease for the Leafs, as they did not play the night before, and the sky is still blue. Despite a concussion scare on Monday, Freddy tossed the concerns away with an amazing performance against the Predators, and is now starting to garner some legitimate Vezina talk. Andersen has a .857 SV% against the Sens this season.

The other, slightly worse Anderson (that being Craig, not Freddy) will be in net for the Sens tonight. Anderson is currently on a three game winning streak, averaging three goals against in those three games. Not spectacular, but a win is a win. Andersen has a .911 SV% against the Leafs this season.


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