Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers – 15/12/2018 – Game Day Preview

Time: Saturday, December 15th , 2018

Toronto: 21-10-1 for 43 points

Florida: 11-13-6 for 28 points

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue on their bring your mother road trip in Florida. Looking for some sort of redemption after playing a fantastic game but being out bested by metal bars and an unbelievable performance by Tampa Ba goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. While Florida took a whooping from the Minnesota Wild in their last game.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner – 41 points (6 goals 35 assists)

John Tavares – 33 points (19 goals 14 assists) 49% on face-offs

Morgan Rielly – 33 points (10 goals 23 assists)

Auston Matthews – 27 points (16 goals 11 assists) 53% on Face-off


Jonathan Huberdeau–36 points (8 goals 28 assists)

Brayden Point 29 points (15 goal 14 assists)

Evgeni Dadonov – 29 points (14 goal 15 assist)

Aleksander Barkov– 28 points (11 goal 17 assists)


Frederik Andersen

17-9-0 2.50GAA .925SV%

Roberto Luongo

14-4-2 3.03GAA .903SV%


Probable Lineups:


Mitch Marner– John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Kasperi Kapanen –Auston Matthews– Andreas Johnsson

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Tyler Ennis– Pars Lindholm – Connor Brown


Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov


Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks
Scratched: Justin Holl, Martin Marincin & Frederik Gauthier

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None


Tampa Bay:

Jonathon Huberdeau – Aleksander Barkov – Mike Hoffman

Evgenii Dadonov – Jared McCann– Anthony Greco

Dryden Hunt– Denis Malgin – Frank Vatrano

Troy Brouwer – Juho Lammikko – Colton Sceviour


Keith Yandle –Aaron Ekblad

Michael Matheson – Alex Petrovic

Mark Pysyk – Mackenzie Weegar


Roberto Luongo

James Reimer
Scratched: None

Injuries: Jamie McGinn, Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trocheck & Derek Mackenzie

Suspension: None


Keys to Winning against Florida:

  1. Be Aggressive
    1. Young team with tremendous offensive potential but has yet to figure out the defensive side of things. Attack fast and furiously your bound to get some turnovers.
  2. Shots
    1. Both goalies for Florida have been much less then expected and you’ll never know what you’re really going to get out of them. Put as many pucks to the net and score some dirty goals.
  3. Zach Hyman
    1. A lot has been said about Hyman being in the top 6. But the Leafs sorely missed his gritty grind it out play on the PK, and on the Tavares, Marner line. Leafs need him to get back to being that impact player again.
  4. Travis Dermott
    1. Has really been upping his game lately. Expect him to be a huge impact for the Leafs tonight and moving forward.



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