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LGD: Knights At Home

That’s Vegas, baby!

The Leafs welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to town on this early November evening. Vegas is 6-7-1 on the season, and is performing much more like the expansion team we thought they were. The Leafs, meanwhile, are coming off of a dominant 5-0 win in Pittsburgh that saw them improve to 9-5-0 on the season and 6-0-0 on the road.

The real challenge tonight will be getting the W at home. The Leafs have been ungood at Scotiabank Arena, going 3-5-0 to start the season in their newly renamed barn.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.3#90 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 80.2#18 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.2#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.20#21 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.4#39 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.3#33 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.7#51 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.10#12 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.2#55 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 72.8#97 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.8#103 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.92#15 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 71.0#95 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 70.9#144 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 73.7#48 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.87#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 78.5#6 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.6#48 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.53#12 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.8#15 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.8#91 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.79#15 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.4#44 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.2#53 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.83#4 DL3

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Leafs will roll with the same lines as they did on Saturday night, meaning recent recall Trevor Moore continues to await his NHL debut, and Martin Marincin remains in the press box.

Auston Matthews is now over a week into being out with a shoulder injury, and William Nylander continues to sit. But you knew that.

Vegas Golden Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jonathan Marchessault
JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT

Rating: 82.1#7 LW

William Karlsson
WILLIAM KARLSSON

Rating: 80.7#15 C

Reilly Smith
REILLY SMITH

Rating: 76.9#22 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.88#7 FL1
Max Pacioretty
MAX PACIORETTY

Rating: 75.8#26 LW

Erik Haula
ERIK HAULA

Rating: 75.3#48 C

Alex Tuch
ALEX TUCH

Rating: 76.7#25 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.96#4 FL2
Tomas Nosek
TOMAS NOSEK

Rating: 69.5#175 LW

Cody Eakin
CODY EAKIN

Rating: 70.1#167 C

Tomas Hyka
TOMAS HYKA

Rating: 73.1#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.93#26 FL3
Will Carrier
WILL CARRIER

Rating: 69.8#110 LW

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
PIERRE-ÉDOUARD BELLEMARE

Rating: 70.5#159 C

Ryan Reaves
RYAN REAVES

Rating: 71.1#94 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.47#21 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Shea Theodore
SHEA THEODORE

Rating: 77.5#9 LD

Deryk Engelland
DERYK ENGELLAND

Rating: 72.2#55 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.85#16 DL1
Brayden McNabb
BRAYDEN MCNABB

Rating: 72.4#60 LD

Colin Miller
COLIN MILLER

Rating: 76.6#22 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.53#11 DL2
Nick Holden
NICK HOLDEN

Rating: 72.5#58 LD

Brad Hunt
BRAD HUNT

Rating: 74.4#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.44#2 DL3

Patches is in for the Golden Knights tonight, in anticipation for his return to Montreal on Saturday. Paul Stastny and Nate Schmidt remain out for Vegas, the former long-term with a knee injury and the latter now 14 games into a 20 game suspension for roid’s.

Starting Goaltenders

One focused boy (7-5-0, .924 sv%)

credits: @prongstat

versus one awkward boy (6-5-1, .901 sv%)

Choose your fighter.

Puck drop is at 7pm ET on TSN4.

 

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