Maple Leafs Pre-Game #13: 5 Things to Watch For vs Les Habitents

Let’s keep the good times rollin’!
After besting a tired Sharks team in Patrick Marleau’s emotional homecoming last night, the Leafs have a chance to kick off a new winning streak as they enter into enemy territory. Divisional leverage is on the line, folks. Let’s see who the Leafs are trotting out to counter.
Forwards:

Defence: 

Hutchinson draws the start, of course, because this is the second half of a back-to-back and trying new things is scary and wrong.
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at 5 things to watch for ahead of tonight’s clash with the Habs.
1) Final Showcase Before Roster Crunch
The season-opening LTIR stints of Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman have put the Maple Leafs in a relatively unique position; namely, they’ve been able to use the month of October as a lab experiment meant to judge how their bubble guys — Justin Holl, Dmytro Timashov, Frederik Gauthier, Nick Shore, Martin Marincin, Kevin Gravel, Jason Spezza, and Nic Petan — can handle regular NHL minutes.
So far, the results have been varied. Some players have thoroughly impressed and forced their way into the roster conversation. Others, not so much.
Regardless, these tryouts are …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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