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LGD: Mild West Extravaganza, The Finale

Everyone awake?

Tonight is the last of the late nights, we promise. The Leafs are in Anaheim tonight, to take on the less-than-mighty Ducks for the first time this season.

Coming off of an impressive 5-3 win last night, the Leafs look to keep on rollin’ on the road, where they’ve now gone 8-1-0.

At A Glance

Record: 13-6-0 (2nd)

Goal Differential: +18 (T-1st)

Pts Percentage: .684 (T-3rd)

Record:

Record: 8-9-3 (23rd)

Goal Differential: -15 (29th)

Pts Percentage:  .475 (26th)

It’s a tale of two teams going in opposite directions tonight. Not only are the Ducks an aging group of questionable talents, but they remain the physical incarnation of the Ghost of Leafs Past, with Randy Carlyle at the helm of a team that gets outshot to sin each night, and yet is somehow still flirting with .500 hockey.

The Leafs, meanwhile, continue their dominance, even without two thirds of their top line. Crazy what talent will do.

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 71.8#79 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 82.4#8 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.8#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.32#18 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 73.9#46 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.1#28 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 72.7#65 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.90#8 FL2
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 73.2#57 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 73.2#77 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.8#95 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#13 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 70.9#95 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.1#176 C

Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.3#73 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.77#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.7#4 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.9#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.32#8 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 76.5#15 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.0#79 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.75#14 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 73.9#35 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.4#49 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.14#3 DL3

No morning skate for the Leafs today means that these lines are still somewhat up in the air, but it wouldn’t be crazy to expect the Leafs to roll with the same group. Babcock has stuck to his guns lately, and the team is winning, so why not?

Ducks Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Rickard Rakell
RICKARD RAKELL

Rating: 79.2#24 LW

Ryan Getzlaf
RYAN GETZLAF

Rating: 79.8#19 C

Pontus Aberg
PONTUS ABERG

Rating: 72.4#71 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.11#19 FL1
Andrew Cogliano
ANDREW COGLIANO

Rating: 71.3#134 LW

Ryan Kesler
RYAN KESLER

Rating: 73.3#74 C

Jakob Silfverberg
JAKOB SILFVERBERG

Rating: 74.4#42 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.00#26 FL2
Nick Ritchie
NICK RITCHIE

Rating: 70.0#116 LW

Adam Henrique
ADAM HENRIQUE

Rating: 73.4#71 C

Ondrej Kase
ONDREJ KASE

Rating: 74.2#42 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.55#12 FL3
Brian Gibbons
BRIAN GIBBONS

Rating: 69.8#163 LW

Kalle Kossila
KALLE KOSSILA

Rating: 72.3#107 C

Kiefer Sherwood
KIEFER SHERWOOD

Rating: 72.4#72 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.49#6 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Hampus Lindholm
HAMPUS LINDHOLM

Rating: 75.9#19 LD

Brandon Montour
BRANDON MONTOUR

Rating: 75.5#27 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.67#13 DL1
Jacob Larsson
JACOB LARSSON

Rating: 71.9#75 LD

Josh Manson
JOSH MANSON

Rating: 75.0#30 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.45#17 DL2
Marcus Pettersson
MARCUS PETTERSSON

Rating: 71.2#89 LD

Andy Welinski
ANDY WELINSKI

Rating: 71.6#67 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.41#21 DL3

The Ducks are old, and the Ducks are hurt. No Perry, Bieksa or Fowler tonight, amongst others. Though the main focus here should be no Corey Perry, meaning one less piece of trash for the Leafs to be “worried” about.

Starting Goalies

Garret Sparks (2-1-0, .879 sv%) versus John Gibson (6-7-3, .927 sv%) is the likely matchup tonight. Sparks looks to rebound after a tough outing in Boston, and Gibson looks to continue being the embodiment of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer.

Who’s Hot

John Tavares is on fire, with a goal in each of his last four games, and six points in the same span. Kasperi Kapanen also snapped a slump last night with a pair of goals, meaning he could be back to his dangerous self.

For the Ducks… well, nobody is really that hot. At least not up front. Jakob Silferberg and Pontus Aberg lead the team with five goals each(!!!).

Between the pipes, however, both Ryan Miller and John Gibson have been solid, boasting a .929 and .927, respectively. Carlyle hockey, baby!

Notes

  • Tomorrow is Saturday, meaning most people have no excuse for not staying up to watch this game.

Puck Drop is at a slightly more reasonable 10pm tonight. You can catch all the action on TSN4.

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