Marleau returns to Toronto as the Leafs battle the Sharks

The schedule has not treated the Toronto Maple Leafs kindly to start the season. This weekend is their fourth back to back set of games to start the season. After these two are played the Leafs will be 13 games in, and eight will be a part of a back to back. That’s just bad scheduling by the NHL.

Talking Points

Coming off of a loss to the Bruins (on the second night of yet another back to back) the Leafs will look to bounce back against the San Jose Sharks who have struggled to start the year. They enter tonights contest 4-5-1.

Patrick Marleau returns to Toronto for the first time since being dealt in the offseason to Carolina for a first round pick. Without getting out from underneath Marleau’s $6,250,00 cap hit the Leafs wouldn’t have been able to sign Mitch Marner without losing other key assets.

Projected Lines

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards
#18 Andreas Johnsson – #34 Auston Matthews – #88 William Nylander
#65 Ilya Mikheyev – #15 Alex Kerfoot – #16 Mitch Marner
#42 Trevor Moore – #19 Jason Spezza – #24 Kasperi Kapanen
#41 Dmytro Timashov – #26 Nick Shore – #33 Frederik Gauthier

Defensemen
#44 Morgan Rielly – #83 Cody Ceci
#8 Jake Muzzin – #94 Tyson Barrie
#25 Kevin Gravel – #3 Justin Holl

San Jose Sharks

Forwards
#28 Timo Meier – #39 Logan Couture – #12 Patrick Marleau
#9 Evander Kane – #48 Tomas Hertl – #62 Kevin Labanc
#20 Marcus Sorensen – #19 Joe Thornton – #23 Barclay Goodrow
#73 Noah Gregor – #7 Dylan Gambrell – #68 Melker Karlsson

Defensemen
#44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic – #88 Brent Burns
#4 Brenden Dillon – #65 Erik Karlsson
#38 Mario Ferraro – #72 Tim Heed

Starting Goaltenders

#31 Frederik Andersen – 5-2-1 with a 3.19 GAA and a .901 SV%.

#31 Martin Jones – 2-4-1 with a 3.46 GAA and a .894 SV%.

Last season the Leafs swept the season series against the Sharks 2-0. Both wins having the score line of 5-3.

The Leafs look to keep their winning streak against the Sharks alive Friday night at 7:00 PM EST.

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