Sliding Blue Jackets in town to battle surging Maple Leafs

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have won three of their last four. This is their second meeting in this young season, and the first game between the two at Scotiabank Arena this season. The last time these two played, the Maple Leafs skated to a 4-1 win in Columbus on October 4th, with goals from Auston Matthews, Cody Ceci, and a couple from Mitch Marner. Here’s a look at what to look out for tonight:

STARTING GOALIES:

TOR: Frederik Andersen (Unconfirmed, but likely)

7 games played, 3.09 GAA, .902 save percentage, 5-2 record in 409 minutes

CBJ: Joonas Korpisalo (Unconfirmed, but likely)

6 games played, 2.67 GAA, .905 save percentage, 3-2-1 record in 361 minutes

STORYLINES:

  • The Maple Leafs new look lineup was stellar against the Boston Bruins Saturday night, as the Leafs have now won three of their last four. The Leafs were missing captain John Tavares, but held their own against Boston beating them 4-3 in overtime. Here is a look at the lines from Saturday night, and the projected lines for tonights game.

18 Johnsson – 34 Matthews – 16 Marner

65 Mikheyev – 15 Kerfoot – 88 Nylander

42 Moore – 19 Spezza – 24 Kapanen

41 Timashov – 26 Shore – 33 Gauthier

44 Rielly – 83 Ceci

8 Muzzin – 94 Barrie

52 Marincin – 3 Holl

  • The Blue Jackets are coming off back-to-back losses Friday and Saturday night, to the Blackhawks and Islanders respectively. After losing on the back-to-back, expected a motivated Blue Jackets club on Monday night. Here’s a look at their projected lineup:

71 Foligno – 18 Dubois – 13 Atkinson

14 Nyquist – 10 Wennberg – 28 Bjorkstrand

42 Texier – 38 Jenner – 52 Bemstrom

15 Lilja – 20 Nash – 22 Milano

8 Werenski – 3 Jones

46 Kukan – 65 Nutivaara

44 Gavrikov – 58 Savard

  • Blue Jackets’ defensemen Ryan Murray and forward Josh Anderson are expected to remain sidelined with injuries. The Leafs will be without forward John Tavares, who is out with a broken finger until at least next week. Forward Andreas Johnsson left Saturday’s game against the Bruins with a leg injury, but is expected to play tonight. 

The Leafs lead the season series 1-0 and will look to continue their stellar play of late against the sliding Blue Jackets. Columbus hopes to get back into the win column to avoid losing pace with the rest of the teams in their division. Head coach John Tortorella is a polarizing figure in the NHL, but tends to have his team well prepared for these bigger games. The Leafs biggest task tonight might be starting on time, and to keep the energy high early on at the Scotiabank Arena. 

*lineup information obtained from DailyFaceoff.com

Brutes Battaglia

Former writer for Puck77. Life long Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I also enjoy all things New England Patriots, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Red Sox. Diehard Third Eye Blind fan.

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