04/01/2019 – Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs – Game Day Preview

Time: Saturday, January 4th , 2019

Toronto: 26-12-2 for 54 points

Vancouver: 20-20-4 for 44 points

Michael Hutchinson will get the start again Saturday against the Canucks at home. Leafs will be looking to kick their game back into the winning column.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner – 55 points (15 goals 40 assists)

John Tavares – 46 points (26 goals 20 assists) 54% on face-offs

Morgan Rielly – 44 points (13 goals 31 assists)

Auston Matthews – 36 points (19 goals 17 assists) 51% on Face-off


Elias Petterson–42 points (20 goals 22 assists)

Bo Horvat – 36 points (17 goals 19 assists)

Brock Boeser – 28 points (14 goals 14 assist)

Nikolay Goldobin – 23 points (5 goals 18 assists)


Michael Hutchinson

0-1-0 4.21GAA .882SV%

Jakub Markstrom

17-11-3 2.79GAA .910SV%


Probable Lineups:



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


Michael Hutchinson

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Scratched: Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Zach Hyman (Ankle), Frederik Andersen (Groin), Garrett Sparks (Concussion), Tyler Ennis (Leg)

Suspension: None



Sven Baertschi – Elias Petterson– Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel – Bo Horvat – Loui Erikson

Markus Granlund– Brandon Sutter– Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller – Jay Beagle –Tyler Motte


Alex Edler –Chris Tanev

Ben Hutton – Erik Gudbranson

Michael Del Zotto – Troy Stecher


Jakub Markstrom

Thatcher Demko
Scratched: None

Injuries: Josh Leivo

Suspension: None


Keys to Winning against Vancouver:

  1. Strong Forecheck
    1. Attack the defence every where on the ice. Force them to make plays that they don’t want to.
  2. Win Faceoffs
    1. Control play which means faceoffs and dictating the pace of play
  3. Jake Gardiner
    1. Needs to confidently control play on the powerplay without turning the puck over.


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