Time: Thursday, January 3rd , 2018
Toronto: 26-11-2 for 54 points
Minnesota: 18-17-3 for 39 points
The Toronto Maple Leafs open 2019 at the most uncomfortable time of 2pm on a Thursday afternoon. The Leafs hope that the Minnesota Wild will continue their lack of scoring and that goaltender Michael Hutchinson will provide some much-needed goaltending while both the Leafs goaltender heal.
Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup
Mitch Marner – 53 points (13 goals 40 assists)
John Tavares – 44 points (26 goals 18 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 44 points (13 goals 31 assists)
Auston Matthews – 35 points (19 goals 16 assists) 51% on Face-off
Michael Granlund–37 points (11 goals 26 assists)
Zach Parise – 33 points (17 goals 16 assists)
Ryan Suter – 27 points (4 goals 23 assist)
Eric Staal – 25 points (13 goal 12 assists)
1-1-2 4.17GAA .839SV%
13-14-3 2.62GAA .912SV%
Kasperi Kapanen – Auston Matthews – William Nylander
Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Andreas Johnsson
Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown
Trevor Moore – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier
Morgan Rielly – Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov
Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin
Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Zach Hyman (Ankle), Frederik Andersen (Groin), Garrett Sparks (Concussion), Tyler Ennis (Leg)
Jason Zucker – Eric Staal– Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise – Charlie Coyle – Luke Kunin
Jordan Greenway– Mikko Koivu– Nino Niederreiter
Marcus Foligno – Eric Fehr –Matt Hendricks
Ryan Suter –Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Greg Pateryn
Matt Bartowski – Nate Prosser
Injuries: Matt Dumba (hand), Nick Seeler
Keys to Winning against Minnesota:
- Be Aggressive
- Attack the defence of the Wild. A couple of injuries have made the defence a little weak. Attack them.
- Put everything to the net. Make Dubnyk work.
- Trevor Moore
- Moore has been a stand out in the AHL and has looked good in his first few games as an NHL player. Expect him to be a pest.
- Travis Dermott
- Has really been upping his game lately. Expect him to be a huge impact for the Leafs tonight and moving forward.