Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00 p.m. E.T. Thursday on TSN4 and Sportsnet Pacific (regional game – blackouts in effect)
SB Nation Opponent’s site: Nucks Misconduct
The Leafs are back in action tonight after a short four day break in games. They face the Canucks, who are the last team in the division the Leafs have yet to play this season and the Leafs will spend a whole six days with them for three consecutive games.
The Canucks’ 6-7-0 record for the season-to-date is worse than where most had pegged the team to be. Indeed, many had them as certain to be in the top three of the division, yet, here they are with 25% of the season complete sitting instead in the bottom three, and that record even includes a generous allowance for beating up on the comically bad Ottawa Senators over three games in mid-January where they outscored them 16 to 3.
After beating up on the Senators, the Canucks were then completely destroyed by the Canadiens earlier this week, with ex-Canuck Tyler Toffoli leading the charge and beating them in two games straight. So if you look at the Canucks record minus the Senators it’s a poor three wins and seven losses. This is not what was expected.
Projected Leafs Lines
(from practice on Wednesday, source: Kristen Shilton; confirmed as game lineup, source: David Alter)
Zach Hyman — Auston Matthews — Mitch Marner
William Nylander — John Tavares — Wayne Simmonds
Jimmy Vesey — Alex Kerfoot — Ilya Mikheyev
Nic Petan — Travis Boyd — Jason Spezza
Morgan Rielly — T.J. Brodie
Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl
Travis Dermott — Zach Bogosian
Frederik Andersen is the presumed starter