MAPLE LEAFS (16-9-1) at OILERS (10-13-2)
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Backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit will make his fourth start of the season for the Edmonton Oilers against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at Rogers Place.
The Oilers placed No. 1 goaltender Cam Talbot on injured reserve Thursday; he will miss at least two weeks, according to coach Todd McLellan. Brossoit is 0-3-1 with a 3.31 goals-against average and a save percentage of .881.
Toronto center Auston Matthews did not take part in the morning skate because of a cold, but coach Mike Babcock said he'll play. Mathews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, will play against Oilers center Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, for the first time this season and third time in his career.
Players to watch
Matthews has an assist in each of the Maple Leafs' past three games. He leads Toronto with 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 22 games.
McDavid has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the Oilers' past eight games. He leads Edmonton with 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 25 games.
They said it
"I love playing against special players and guys that are going to push me to compete hard and become a better player myself. That's why I love going against guys of his caliber, because I know in the end, it makes me a better player and making me a better player makes me better for my team." -- Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri on playing against Connor McDavid
"It obviously hurts, he's our No. 1 goalie and is a huge part of our group. But we believe in [Laurent Brossoit], and he's given us some really strong performances this year." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on the injury to starting goalie Cam Talbot
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner
Patrick Marleau -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov
Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- William Nylander
Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman -- Roman Polak
Scratched: Connor Carrick, Nikita Soshnikov, Josh Leivo
Oilers projected lineup
Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Anton Slepyshev
Drake Caggiula -- Leon Draisaitl -- Ryan Strome
Jujhar Khaira -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson
Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning
Yohann Auvitu -- Kris Russell
Scratched: Iiro Pakarinen, Eric Gryba, Michael Cammalleri
Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Cam Talbot (undisclosed)
Edmonton recalled Ellis from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League to back up Brossoit ... Puljujarvi will play on the top line for the first time this season.
Toronto is 9-2-0 in its past 11 games against Edmonton. … Kadri has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past 11 games Andersen has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his past nine starts … Draisaitl has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.