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Match Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Oilers

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


TEAM UPDATES

The Leafs will try to avoid being swept on a three game road trip tonight when they take on the Oilers. Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the nod in goal after playing well despite taking a loss in Vancouver on Saturday night.

In their previous meeting this season, the Leafs earned a big win over the Oilers to snap the longest winless streak of the team's season. Toronto has earned six consecutive wins over the Oilers.

The Oilers will present a challenge for Leafs penalty killers on Monday night. Despite struggling to win games of late, the Oilers have converted on 28.1 per cent of their power play chances since the all-star break, which is the highest total in the League since that point.

Edmonton could be in line to receive some reinforcements in the very near future. Taylor Hall is increasing his practice workload, while Nikita Nikitin will be a gametime decision for the Oilers. Tyler Pitlick is practicing with the team but not ready for games at this time.

Former Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens is expected to get the start for Edmonton.

RECENT RESULTS

The Leafs are coming off of a 4-1 loss in Vancouver to the Canucks, which brings their record to 3-6-1 in their last 10 games.

Toronto is 8-23-5 on the road this season.

The Oilers have lost seven consecutive games and most recently lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 5-4 score in the shootout. They are 1-7-2 in their last 10.

Edmonton is 10-20-2 at home this season.

LAST MEETING

The Leafs and Oilers met in early February at Air Canada Centre as the Leafs took a 5-1 win in front of a home crowd. Phil Kessel had the game-winning goal while James Reimer made 31 stops to earn the win over Viktor Fasth who took the loss for the Oilers.

The 5-1 Leafs win was the only meeting between the two clubs this season.

ONE TO WATCH

Oscar Klefbom

The 21-year-old defender has shown signs of growth this season, leading many to believe he'll realize the top pairing potential the Oilers projected when they selected him 19th overall in 2011.

With a big frame, a willingness to be physical and good mobility, Klefbom has shown the ability to suppress the opposition's offence. Among Oilers players, the team experiences a five per cent uptick in the on-ice shot attempts when 84 takes a shift.

While his puck handling and offensive game at-large leave something to be desired and present an opportunity for forecheckers, Klefbom provides a steady presence in the Oilers zone and is one of their best options to keep top opponents off the scoresheet.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Here's how the Leafs and Oilers are expected to line up tonight...

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards

18 Panik - 42 Bozak - 81 Kessel

21 van Riemsdyk - 43 Kadri - 20 Booth

19 Lupul - 23 Smith - 47 Komarov

15 Lindstrom - 22 Sill - 67 Kozun

Defence

51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf

44 Rielly - 2 Brewer

25 Brennan - 57 MacWilliam

Goaltenders

45 Bernier

34 Reimer

Edmonton Oilers

Forwards

67 Pouliot - 93 Nugent-Hopkins - 14 Eberle

16 Purcell - 8 Roy - 10 Yakupov

23 Hendricks - 51 Lander - 28 Fraser

20 Gazdic - 27 Gordon - 12 Klinkhammer

Defence

21 Ference - 22 Aulie

84 Klefbom - 19 Schultz

85 Marincin - 5 Fayne

Goaltenders

30 Scrivens

32 Bachman

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