Toronto Maple Leafs 4 pts (2-0-0)

vs

Chicago Blackhawks 4 pts (2-0-0)

7 p.m. ET

Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON

TV: TSN4, NHLN-US

Radio: TSN 1050 AM

Season Series/Schedule

Date

Game

GWG

9-Oct

CHI @ TOR

24-Jan

TOR @ CHI

 

Team Leaders

Maple Leafs

Blackhawks

Kadri/Matthews, 4

Points

Kane/Hartman, 6

Kadri/Marleau, 2

Goals

Brandon Saad, 4

Auston Matthews, 3

Assists

Ryan Hartman, 5

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs offense has been red hot to start the season with 15 goals in their first two victories.  However, the Chicago Blackhawks have been just as hot with 15 goals in their two wins as well. 

 

The biggest difference is that the Blackhawks have only allowed two goals, one each to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.  However, Corey Crawford, who started both of the Blackhawks victoires, will not start tonight.  Backup Anton Forsberg will make his Blackhawks debut tonight and his first career start versus the Maple Leafs.

 

Defenseman Connor Carrick missed yesterday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.  He was back for today’s morning skate, but skated on the fourth pairing with Roman Polak so it appears that he will not be in the lineup today.

 

Frederik Andersen will get the start and goal tonight and he is very familiar with the Blackhawks due to his time with the Anaheim Ducks.  In six career starts, Andersen is 1-2-3 with a .914 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average versus the Chicago.

 

 

Probable Maple Leafs Lineup

FORWARDS

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov

Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - Connor Brown

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman - Calle Rosen

GOALTENDERS

Frederik Andersen (2-0-0, 3.50 GAA, .903 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

None

 

 

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

FORWARDS

Brandon Saad -Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik

Ryan Hartman - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp - Tanner Kero- Alex Debrincat

Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy

Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta

GOALTENDER

Anton Forsberg (first start of the season)

INJURY REPORT

D-Michal Rozsival (upper body) out, RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, RW-Jordan Tootoo (upper body) out, C-Nick Schmaltz (undisclosed) out

Source: lineups courtesy of Daily Faceoffs & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: Getty Images