Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators– Video Game # 56 Preview, Projected Lines & TELEVISION Details

Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. EST|Arena: Air Canada Centre|TELEVISION:Sportsnet|Radio: TSN 1050

Game Day Estimates

Mike Babcock on dealing with difficult challengers and using them as a measuring stick for his team:

Well, I believe it is essential. I think you’re playing all these video games in the league and you have an excellent video game every night since the other teams are so even. You have a team that’s high in the standings and a team that went extremely deep last year, so you have an opportunity to see where you’re at and see if you’re any great or not. We think we are, however you have actually got to show it on a nightly basis. It needs to be enjoyable tonight.Babcock on facing a Predators team that is equipped with a very strong blue line: Well, you have actually got to understand their back end. It’s way more fun to bet them in their zone than it remains in your zone. Real simple. So, how are you going to arrange and structure that and make sure that happens? They have actually done an excellent job there. They’ve had a great deal of great D for many years. They’ve had the ability to move them out and add others– they’ve done a nice task. If you take a look at the great groups, they have good back ends.Babcock on the< a href= title =Leafs target =_ blank > Leafs’ defensive play against Anaheim

in the team’s 7-4 win on Monday: I thought we were no great sorting it out off the rush coming into

our zone, which is going to be very important. There was lots of excellent defensive play, but many of it remained in the o-zone. There was lots of turnovers from each group, so I think the game’s getting tighter and tighter and it’s difficult to have tidy pucks.I revealed the people one play today, for instance. We needed to get it back six times before we got the

play on web. That’s since the other group is trying, too. They’re going to be trying this evening, too, so I don’t envision there will be great deals of area, but we’ve got to sort it out better entering into our own zone. Specifically because Josi will be coming, Subban and Ellis– even Weber, for that matter. They can all make plays from the back end.Mitch Marner on the secrets to the video game versus the Predators: Clearly, it’s better for them to be in their zone than ours.

I mean, we’ve got to make sure we begin a heavy

forecheck early and make it hard on them to attempt and sign up with the rush or, if they do, make certain they’re tired en route back. It’s going to be a huge key to us tonight: Attempting to get that puck in and work them down low.Matchup Statistics TOR NSH Tape-record 31-19-4 32-12-7 GF/g 3.18( 7th )3.08 (8th )GA/g 2.78 (13th)2.49(3rd) PP %20.9%(11th)24.0 %(3rd)PK %82.4 %(8th )82.1%(11th)Shots/g 31.7(17th)31.1(21st)Shots Against/g 33.6(28th)31.9(15th )5v5 CF%49.6%( 19th)50.4% (15th)5v5 SV%


)5v5 SH%9.1%(3rd)7.9

%( 12th )Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup * We have actually included goal, help, and point totals for each player below the lines. Total goals

per line are indicated

, too, too as conserve percentage

for goalies.Forwards Hyman– Matthews

— Nylander(55-11-19-30)

–(46-25-18-43)–(54-12-29-41) Overall: 48 Marleau– Kadri– Marner(55-17-9-26)–( 53-17-16-33) — (55-10-27-37)Total: 44 VanRiemsdyk– Bozak– Brown (54-20-12-32) –(53-8-19-27 ) — (55-12-8-20

)Total: 40 Komarov– Moore– Kapanen (54-5-10-15

)–(37-4-5-9)–(12-3-1-4 )Overall: 12 Defencemen Rielly– Hainsey (49-5-27-32)– (53-3-15-18 )Overall: 8 Gardiner– Zaitsev( 55-3-30-33 )–(38-4-6-10) Overall: 7 Dermott– Polak(12-1-3-4)–(


)Overall: 3 Goaltenders Andersen (.921 sv%) McElhinney (.932 sv%) Scratched
: Martin, Leivo, Carrick Nashville Predators Projected Lineup Forwards Sissons — Johansen– Arvidsson(50-5-12-17)– (48-6-27-33)– (49-17-17-34) Overall
: 28 Fiala– Turris– Smith(50-17-18-35)– (36-6-16-22)–( 50-16-14-30 )Total: 39 Hartnell– Bonino– Jarnkrok (37-7-6-13) — (40-7-7-14)–(51-12-14-26)Total: 26 Salomaki– Watson– Aberg(36-2-5-7 )– (49-5-2-7)– (43-2-4-6) Total: 9
Defencemen Josi– Ellis (48-9-21-30)– (13-3-3-6) Overall: 12 Ekholm– Subban (50-7-18-25)– (51-13-28-41

)Total: 20 Emelin– Weber

( 50-1-7-8)
— (29-1-2-3)

Overall: 2 Goaltenders Rinne(.926

sv%)Saros (.927 sv%) Suspended: Forsberg


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