OILERS (7-2-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (2-4-3)
7:30 pm. ET; TSN4, SNOL, NHL.TV
Oilers team scope
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, the first pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, will play his first NHL game in Toronto, which is about 30 minutes south of his hometown of Richmond Hill, Ontario. McDavid missed the only game between the Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre last season because of a broken left clavicle. "I've played in this building a few times, but never against the Maple Leafs and never wearing the Oilers logo," he said. "I'm definitely excited to do that with a bunch of family and friends. It's going to be a special night for me." McDavid had an NHL career-high five points (two goals, three assists) when the Oilers hosted the Maple Leafs on Feb. 11. The Oilers have the best record in the Western Conference with 14 points; last season on Nov. 1 they were 4-8-0 and fifth in the Pacific Division. Oilers coach Todd McLellan will coach his 632nd game, giving him sole possession of 50th place in League history.
Maple Leafs scope
Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft, will play against McDavid for the first time in his NHL career. They were teammates on Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. "He's just a very special player so it's going to be tough to contain him really," Matthews said of McDavid. "He's got that explosive speed, quick hands. Along with him and other players, we have to be on our toes tonight." Goaltender Frederik Andersen is 6-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in seven career games against the Oilers.
Oilers projected lineup
Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle
Patrick Maroon -- Leon Draisaitl -- Jesse Puljujarvi
Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian
Anton Lander -- Mark Letestu -- Tyler Pitlick
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera -- Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Eric Gryba, Anton Slepyshev
Injured: Brandon Davidson (upper body), Andrew Ference (hip), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Iiro Pakarinen (knee)
Maple Leafs projected lineup
James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner
Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander
Matt Martin -- Ben Smith -- Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly -- Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner -- Roman Polak
Martin Marincin -- Connor Carrick
Scratched: Seth Griffith, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado
Injured: Matt Hunwick (lower body)
Benning will make his NHL debut, replacing Gryba in the lineup. … Josh Leivo, who has not played this season because of a lower-body injury, was assigned to Toronto of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. Soshnikov was called up from Toronto of the AHL and will make his NHL season debut. He had two goals and three assists in 11 games last season. "I was really disappointed that I couldn't start with the [Maple] Leafs," he said. "It was hard to watch games in training camp while I couldn't do anything."
Talbot is 4-1-0 with three goals allowed in his past five starts. … Nylander has at least one point in seven of nine games, and leads the Maple Leafs with 11 points (four goals, seven assists).