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Match Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


TEAM UPDATES

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.

RECENT RESULTS

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.

LAST MEETING

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

Mark Stone

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.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

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

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards

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

Defence

51 Gardiner - 3 Phaneuf

44 Rielly - 2 Brewer

33 Erixon - 57 MacWilliam

Goaltenders

34 Reimer

45 Bernier

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

9 Michalek - 7 Turris - 61 Stone

26 Puempel - 93 Zibanejad - 6 Ryan

68 Hoffman - 17 Legwand - 90 Chiasson

22 Condra - 44 Pageau - 27 Lazar

Defence

3 Methot - 65 Karlsson

46 Wiercioch - 5 Ceci

62 Gryba - 74 Borowiecki

Goaltenders

30 Hammond

32 Driedger

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