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LGD: Hockey Night in… Florida?

It’s Saturday night! You know what that means.

The Leafs are… uh, in Florida. To take on the Panthers, on Hockey Night in Canada. Wouldn’t have been my first choice, but here we go I guess.

The Leafs are looking to bounce back from a frustrating loss to the Lightning on Thursday, in which they fired 49 shots on Andrei Vasilevskiy to break through only once in a 4-1 loss. Will a tilt against the lowly Panthers be just what the doctor ordered? Let’s hope so.

Leafs Lines

Player Ratings by Corsica
Last update: December 15, 2018
LW C RW Forwards
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN
John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 80.9#14 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.0#17 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.42#17 FL1
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 74.5#36 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 86.4#5 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 74.0#44 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.30#2 FL2
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.4#38 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.0#36 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 76.5#25 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 75.94#1 FL3
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 70.6#109 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 71.4#128 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.4#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.44#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 79.8#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.6#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.18#9 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 77.7#9 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.6#82 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.14#16 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.7#28 LD

Igor Ozhiganov
IGOR OZHIGANOV

Rating: 72.3#50 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.51#3 DL3

Status quo for the Leafs tonight. Zach Hyman returns from his 2-game suspension, too, so the Leafs’ fully optimized forward lineup is back in action.

Panthers Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jonathan Huberdeau
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU

Rating: 79.3#13 LW

Aleksander Barkov
ALEKSANDER BARKOV

Rating: 81.4#13 C

Mike Hoffman
MIKE HOFFMAN

Rating: 76.3#23 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.00#11 FL1
Frank Vatrano
FRANK VATRANO

Rating: 72.6#90 LW

Henrik Borgstrom
HENRIK BORGSTROM
Evgenii Dadonov
EVGENII DADONOV

Rating: 79.7#10 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.84#14 FL2
Troy Brouwer
TROY BROUWER

Rating: 68.4#134 LW

Jared McCann
JARED MCCANN

Rating: 71.4#126 C

Denis Malgin
DENIS MALGIN

Rating: 72.0#75 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.63#24 FL3
Micheal Haley
MICHEAL HALEY

Rating: 67.5#140 LW

Juho Lammikko
JUHO LAMMIKKO

Rating: 71.5#124 C

Jayce Hawryluk
JAYCE HAWRYLUK
FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.50#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Keith Yandle
KEITH YANDLE

Rating: 78.5#7 LD

Aaron Ekblad
AARON EKBLAD

Rating: 74.9#30 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.71#7 DL1
Michael Matheson
MICHAEL MATHESON

Rating: 73.0#51 LD

Mark Pysyk
MARK PYSYK

Rating: 71.2#69 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.11#21 DL2
Alex Petrovic
ALEX PETROVIC

Rating: 69.0#131 LD

MacKenzie Weegar
MACKENZIE WEEGAR

Rating: 70.6#80 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.79#27 DL3

News flash: the Florida Panthers are bad. They’re also incredible forgettable – but, to be fair, are injured as well. Derek McKenzie, Nick Bjugstad, Jamie McGinn and Vincent Trochek are all sidelined right now.

Starting Goalies

Luongo (5-5-1, .903) versus Frederik Andersen (17-9-0, .925) is our matchup tonight. Luongo has been seemingly always injured for the Panthers, but hasn’t been good in his time playing either. Andersen, meanwhile, has struggled a little in his recent starts, but has been remarkably consistent for the majority of the season. Let’s see if he can bounce back tonight.

Notes

  • The Huberdeau-Barkov-Hoffman line has been dangerous for the Panthers this season, but they’ve definitely been a top-heavy team scoring-wise.
  • For the Leafs, depth has certainly been their strength. If William Nylander can really get going offensively, we’re going to begin seeing that on a whole different level, too, which is hilarious.

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