Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders – 28/2/2019 – Game Preview

Toronto Maple Leafs (39-20-4 82pts) v. New York Islanders (36-19-7 79pts)


Time: 7pm EST

Station: TSN4



John Tavares makes his unwelcomed homecoming for the first time since leaving the Island. There is expected to be a ceremony but that the boos will rain loud on Tavares’s party. Leafs look to win their 4th straight and Tavares looks to not let the Islander crowd be a distraction.

Top Scorers/Goalie Matchup

Mitch Marner –74 points (22 goals 52 assists)
John Tavares – 68 points (36 goals 32 assists) 54% on face-offs
Morgan Rielly – 61 points (15 goals 46 assists)
Auston Matthews – 59 points (30 goals 29 assists) 53% on Face-offs

Matthew Barzal – 51 points (17 goals 34 assists)
Josh Bailey –47 points (14 goals 33 assists)
Anders Lee – 41 points (21 goals 20 assists)
Brock Nelson  –41 points (19 goals 22 assists)

Garrett Sparks
29-13-3 2.59GAA .923SV%

Robin Lehner
19-10-5 2.10GAA .930SV%

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Projected Lineup:


Andreas Johnsson – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Patrick Marleau – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Tyler Ennis – Frederik Gauthier – Trevor Moore


Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Justin Holl – Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin – Ron Hainsey


Garrett Sparks

Frederik Andersen


Scratched: none

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back), Jake Gardiner (Back) and Travis Dermott (Shoulder)

Suspension: None



Anders Lee – Brock Nelson– Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd – Matthew Barzal–Leo Komarov

Anthony Beauviller – Valtteri Filppula – Josh Bailey

Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas– Cal Clutterbuck


Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech – Ryan Pulock

Thomas Hickey – Devin Toews


Robi Lehner

Thomas Greiss


Scratched: None

Injuries: None

Suspension: None


Keys to the Game:

1. Win Draws – Need to have the puck on your stick at all times, against this team.

2, Garrett Sparks – Which one will show up? the Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

3. Robin Lehner – Get traffic in front, get into his head or you will never score,



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