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LGD: Rocky Roadie

Good afternoon! It’s Game Day!

The Leafs are in high altitude tonight as they kick off a mini road trip through Colorado, Vegas and Arizona. Their opponents tonight are the struggling Colorado Avalanche, with just two wins in their last ten games as they slip deeper into mediocrity in the Western Conference.

The Leafs are coming off of a frustrating loss that I’m sure we’ve all blocked out by now, and will be hoping that a change of scenery out west will help get them back on track as they look to retain their status as one of the Atlantic’s top teams.

Leafs Lines

Andreas Johnsson has been freed!

After spending time mired on the fourth line on his off-wing, Johnsson returns to the top nine, slotting in next to Kadri and Kapanen. Things are looking up in terms of personnel decisions, folks.

Still no Tyler Ennis, though, despite being activated off of IR.

Avs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Gabriel Landeskog
GABRIEL LANDESKOG

Rating: 77.9#14 LW

Nathan Mackinnon
NATHAN MACKINNON

Rating: 86.2#3 C

Mikko Rantanen
MIKKO RANTANEN

Rating: 80.3#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.47#2 FL1
Alexander Kerfoot
ALEXANDER KERFOOT

Rating: 73.8#44 LW

JT Compher
JT COMPHER

Rating: 71.4#89 C

Colin Wilson
COLIN WILSON

Rating: 71.7#125 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.29#29 FL2
Matthew Nieto
MATTHEW NIETO

Rating: 70.1#113 LW

Carl Soderberg
CARL SODERBERG

Rating: 74.4#60 C

Matt Calvert
MATT CALVERT

Rating: 70.9#99 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.80#21 FL3
A.J. Greer
A.J. GREER

Rating: 70.8#102 LW

Sheldon Dries
SHELDON DRIES

Rating: 72.2#114 C

Sven Andrighetto
SVEN ANDRIGHETTO

Rating: 71.1#91 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.36#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Samuel Girard
SAMUEL GIRARD

Rating: 73.2#53 LD

Erik Johnson
ERIK JOHNSON

Rating: 75.0#30 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.10#20 DL1
Patrik Nemeth
PATRIK NEMETH

Rating: 70.7#102 LD

Tyson Barrie
TYSON BARRIE

Rating: 77.9#19 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.32#14 DL2
Ryan Graves
RYAN GRAVES

Rating: 73.5#46 LD

Nikita Zadorov
NIKITA ZADOROV

Rating: 69.9#112 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.71#19 DL3

Mikko Rantanen and Nathan Mackinnon have cooled it a bit since their early season dominance, but make no mistake – the duo remains dangerous.

The two have just a combined 4 points in their last 5 games, though, so hopefully they don’t heat up tonight.

Starting Goalies

Semyon Varlamov (.906) and Frederik Andersen (.923) are your projected starters tonight. Andersen seems no worse for wear after getting shaken up in Montreal on Saturday, and Varlamov, despite a strong showing in his last game, hasn’t been having a stellar season by any means.

Notes

  • William¬†Nylander has 7 points in his last 8 games, and might finally be un-broken. This should surprise nobody, but of course it’s surprising hundreds of idiots on facebook.
  • How quickly is Andreas Johnsson going to score a hat trick and become a $10M player? Let us know!

Puck Drop is 9pm ET tonight. A tough one for the early morning crew, but you can catch all the action on TSN4!