Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Game 28
7 p.m. ET at the Scotiabank Arena
Television / broadcast: TSN4
Opponent’s Site: Gross costs
Believe it or not, but Riley Nash found his way back to Toronto after being claimed on waivers by the Lightning earlier this week. After some practice, he’ll be in the lineup tonight, joining Zach Bogosian as two former Leafs on the team.
The Lightning have been deprived of their two best players this season, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point. Despite their absence, the team did surprisingly well. Led by a rejuvenated Steven Stamkos with 12 goals and 28 points in 24 games, the Lightning are just two points behind the Leafs for second place in the North Division and a three-way tie for first place.
After watching this season as much as I have, I can say that Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the one and two reasons this team has been as good as it has been, but I cannot overlook the strength of the work ethic and defense of this team. summer. They’ve been very lucky (including some great goalkeepers), but the offense has always been very good from a shooting standpoint.
The team have tried to keep the top six as strong as possible, avoiding the desire to spread talent – Mathieu Joseph has been a revelation alongside rival Corey Perry recently. And despite the lack of finishers in the last six, they have always been able to win their battles with mostly offensive and defensive fourth lines. Kind of like what the Leafs do, except they actually have people who can score while the Leafs have Pierre Engvall and Kyle Clifford.
As for the Leafs, it seems they have the same training as the last game.
Michael Bunting – Auston Matthews – Wayne Simmonds
Alex Kerfoot – John Tavares – William Nylander
Nick Ritchie – David Kämpf – Ondřej Kaše
Kyle Clifford – Pierre Engvall – Alex Steeves
Injured: Mitchell Marner
Morgan Rielly – TJ Brodie
Jake Muzzin – Justin Holl
Kristīans Rubīns – Timothy Liljegren
Injured: Rasmus Sandin, Travis Dermott
Jack Campbell – confirmed starter
– Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) December 9, 2021
Ondřej Palát – Steven Stamkos – Mathieu Joseph
Alex Killorn – Anthony Cirelli * – Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon – Pierre-Édouard Bellemare – Riley Nash
Taylor Raddysh – Ross Colton – Boris Katchouk
Stripped: Gabriel Fortier **
Injured: Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point,
* Cirelli playing time decision
** Unconfirmed, but Riley Nash is in
Victor Hedman – Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh – Zach Bogosian
Mikhail Sergachev – Cal Foote
Striped: Fredrik Claesson
Injured: Erik Černák
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Projected Starter