The Leafs will look to play spoiler in tonight's renewal of the Battle of Ontario. James Reimer will get the start in Ottawa. He brings a 10-3-1 career record (three shutouts) against the Senators into tonight's game alongside a 2.19 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
Toronto will ice the same lineup they played on Thursday as Nazem Kadri remains suspended for a hit against Edmonton and Peter Holland isn't healthy enough to return. TJ Brennan has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies.
The Senators have surged up the Eastern Conference standings thanks in large part to the play of rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond. He has yet to lose a game in regulation in his NHL career and is the owner of a 1.55 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
Dave Cameron has a 24-13-6 record behind the bench since replacing Paul MacLean as head coach of the Senators.
The Leafs are coming off of a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks, which brings their record to 2-7-1 in their last 10 games.
Toronto is 8-24-5 on the road this season.
The Senators are one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment and are coming off a big 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10.
Ottawa is 18-11-5 at home this season.
The Leafs and Sens last played before the All-Star break in Ottawa. The Senators came out on top of a 4-3 decision. Erik Karlsson had the game-winning goal and Craig Anderson was the winning goaltender as James Reimer took the loss for the Leafs.
The season series is split 1-1-0 between the two clubs.
ONE TO WATCH
The Senators rookie has blossomed in his first full season as an NHLer, recording 30 points in his last 31 games. He's third in League scoring over the past month and has had good chemistry with Kyle Turris, who is slated to centre the Senators' top line with Stone and Milan Michalek.
While Stone isn't the most fleet of foot, he is an exceedingly smart player and reads plays very well. He leads the League in takeaways, largely because of his positioning and ability to use his stick to force turnovers.
Stone is one of the Sens' best possession players and is a consistent threat, playing all situations for the team. Paying close attention to him whether the Leafs are with or without the puck will be important to pick up two points.
Here's how the Leafs and Senators are expected to line up tonight...
Toronto Maple Leafs
21 van Riemsdyk - 42 Bozak - 81 Kessel
18 Panik - 23 Smith - 19 Lupul
20 Booth - 47 Komarov - 67 Kozun
15 Lindstrom - 53 Carrick - 22 Sill
51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf
44 Rielly - 2 Brewer
33 Erixon - 57 MacWilliam
9 Michalek - 7 Turris - 61 Stone
26 Puempel - 93 Zibanejad - 6 Ryan
68 Hoffman - 17 Legwand - 90 Chiasson
22 Condra - 44 Pageau - 27 Lazar
3 Methot - 65 Karlsson
46 Wiercioch - 5 Ceci
62 Gryba - 74 Borowiecki