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Maple Leafs at Ducks preview

Toronto tries to avoid winless California road trip; Anaheim 3-2-1 in past six

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (35-24-9) at DUCKS (27-32-8)

10 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN4, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs can extend their lead for third place in the Atlantic Division when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

The Maple Leafs, who are 0-1-1 on their three-game California road trip after going 4-1-0 in their previous five games, are five points ahead of the fourth-place Florida Panthers and 10 points behind the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning.

Toronto lost 1-0 in the shootout at the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

The Ducks are 3-2-1 in their past six games after going 1-4-0 in their previous five. Because of trades and injuries over the past month, the Anaheim lineup could include four forwards and four defensemen who weren't on the roster when the Ducks lost 5-4 in overtime at Toronto on Feb. 7.

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs center John Tavares has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 17 games against the Ducks.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell ended a 15-game goal drought Wednesday when he scored with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime in a 4-3 win at the Colorado Avalanche. 

 

They said it

"Power play has got to be lethal for us. With the type of talent that we have, that should be and it has been for quite some time. Maybe it's gone dry a little bit, but we've got to have that be a difference-maker for us that it can be." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe on their power play, which is 0-for-11 in its past four games

"He's really struggled to score as of late. It's been wearing on him. To see him get rewarded like that, especially in overtime, those goals are special. We're elated for him." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on forward Rickard Rakell

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner  

William Nylander -- John Tavares -- Pierre Engvall  

Kyle Clifford -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Kasperi Kapanen

Denis Malgin -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza  

Travis Dermott -- Justin Holl

Martin Marincin -- Tyson Barrie

Calle Rosen -- Cody Ceci

Jack Campbell

Frederik Andersen

Scratched:  Rasmus SandinTimothy Liljegren

Injured: Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Jake Muzzin (fractured hand), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Andreas Johnsson (knee) 

 

Ducks projected lineup

Sonny Milano -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Danton Heinen

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Kiefer Sherwood

Nicolas Deslauriers -- David Backes -- Carter Rowney

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

Brendan Guhle -- Matt Irwin

Christian Djoos -- Jani Hakanpaa

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Andrew Agozzino, Simon Benoit

Injured: Cam Fowler (lower body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Hampus Lindholm (upper body), Josh Manson (upper body)

 

Status report

Campbell will make his sixth start since he was acquired in a trade from the Kings on Feb. 5. ... Ceci will play his first game since injuring his ankle Feb. 5 against the New York Rangers. He was activated off injured reserve Friday. … Defensemen Manson and Gudbranson participated in the morning skate and each will be a game-time decision.

 

Stat pack

Spezza is one assist shy of 600 in his NHL career. … Getzlaf has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 15 games against Toronto.

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