It'll be a tough turnaround for the Leafs tonight as they take on the Vancouver Canucks at 4 p.m. local time following a 6-3 loss on Friday night in Calgary. Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start in goal for the Leafs after James Reimer played a full 60 minutes on Friday.
Nazem Kadri is expected to return to the Leafs lineup tonight after being held out of the past three games by the club for disciplinary reasons. The team has gone 1-1-1 in his absence.
The Canucks are expecting a handful of reinforcements back in their lineup after being hit hard with injuries over the past weeks. Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins, Brad Richardson and Yannick Weber are among those who appear ready to go tonight after missing time recently. Alex Burrows will be a gametime decision after being held out of practice yesterday.
Eddie Lack will get the nod in goal for Vancouver. He has never started against the Leafs in his career, but has made one appearance, making 13 saves in relief of Ryan Miller earlier this season.
Neither team held a morning skate today. Lineup changes on both sides will become finalized closer to puck drop when Peter Horachek and Willie Desjardins meet with media.
The Leafs are coming off of a 6-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday night which brings them to 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.
Toronto is 8-22-5 on the road this season.
The Canucks have been up and down of late and come into Saturday's game after losing a 4-0 game to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, on the heels of two consecutive wins. They are 5-4-1 in their last 10.
Vancouver is 18-13-1 at home this year.
The Leafs beat the Canucks at home in December with Jonathan Bernier stealing the show in a 5-2 victory. Bernier made 44 stops while the Leafs chased Vancouver starter Ryan Miller on 14 shots. Peter Holland had the game winning goal.
Toronto's victory was the only game between the two clubs this season.
ONE TO WATCH
While Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis remain the name brand defenders on the Canucks blueline, Christopher Tanev has quietly become one of their most effective.
Tanev isn't a flashy player but moves around well and gets the puck moving out of the Vancouver zone. He stifles offence and owns one of the lowest shot attempt against and unblocked shot attempt against rates in the League among defenders.
If you believe the traditional theory that Torontonians thrive when they take on their hometown club, expect a big performance from Tanev in a shutdown role against the Leafs' top offensive players. He also scored a goal in the lone meeting between these two teams in December.
Here's how the Leafs and Canucks are expected to line up tonight...
Toronto Maple Leafs
19 Lupul - 42 Bozak - 81 Kessel
21 van Riemsdyk - 43 Kadri - 18 Panik
47 Komarov - 24 Holland - 20 Booth
15 Lindstrom - 23 Smith - 22 Sill
51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf
44 Rielly - 2 Brewer
25 Brennan - 57 MacWilliam
22 Sedin - 33 Sedin - 9 Kassian
27 Matthias - 13 Bonino - 17 Vrbata
20 Higgins - 15 Richardson - 51 Dorsett
41 Kenins - 53 Horvat - 36 Hansen
23 Edler - 8 Tanev
2 Hamhuis - 6 Weber
5 Sbisa - 3 Bieksa