Maple Leafs Pregame #47: 5 Things to watch for against the Devils

So, how about that Leafs blueline? A bit of a mess, eh? This is pretty much an evergreen comment over the past few years, but the injury to Morgan Rielly really seems to be hammering home the issues there.
The good news is that we’re getting another look at Rasmus Sandin as a result of that unfortunate situation. The other good news is that the Leafs are playing the Devils tonight and that is a pretty manageable adversary, especially when you need to try and break out of a three game losing streak.
I wouldn’t say that anything is a given at this point, but hopefully the Leafs can start getting back on track.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.6#48 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 83.0#2 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.6#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.39#5 FL1

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 76.3#16 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.7#14 C

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#103 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.63#9 FL2

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.7#46 LW

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.8#60 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.1#53 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.50#2 FL3

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.8#124 LW

ADAM BROOKS
JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.4#108 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.12#22 FL4

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

5 Thoughts from Tonight’s 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal

Well this was a mess, wasn’t it? The Leafs looked to have a solid 4-1 lead in the third, proceeded to blow it and almost lose the game in regulation, but a late goal from Auston Matthews got them a pity point in an eventual shootout loss.
And honestly, it was deserved. The Habs had a 58% 5v5 CF% and slightly outscored them in 5v5 expect goals at 1.63-1.47. With that in mind, let’s look at five notable things from this evening.
Matthews continues his hot streak
What probably wasn’t surprising for anyone is that Matthews scored a couple more times again today. His two goals gives him five goals in three games to start the season, which is another hot start for him.
This should be expected to be the norm at this point. Last season, he had 10 goals and 16 points in his first seven games, seven goals and 12 points in his first eight games in 2017-18, and six goals and 10 points in his first six games in his rookie season. So, not only does he consistently start strong, he seems to be improving, and maybe we should expect a bit more from him in these next …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation