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Campbell set for fourth start with Toronto; Ottawa 1-4-2 in past seven games

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (30-20-8) at SENATORS (19-27-11)



The Game

Jack Campbell will make his fourth start for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Center on Saturday.

The goalie is 2-0-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in three starts for the Maple Leafs, which acquired him in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 6.

Toronto, 2-3-1 in its past six games after going 4-1-1 in its previous six, is in third place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of the fourth-place Florida Panthers.

The Senators will try for their second win in eight games; they are 1-4-2 in their past seven and 3-9-7 in their past 19.

Ottawa coach D.J. Smith did not name a starting goalie; Craig Anderson and Marcus Hogberg each took part in an optional morning skate. Hogberg made 32 saves in a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs center John Tavares has nine points (five goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has gone 19 games without scoring a goal.


They said it

"Be it the Battle of Ontario, be it the number of former Leafs that are on the [Senators], including D.J. [Smith] himself, the game means a lot to Ottawa, and we've got to make sure that it means a lot to us. Because it certainly does for all those same reasons, and in addition to the fact that we're in a battle here, as we all know, right through to the very end." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe

"I don't think a game like today needs a ton of guys to get the emotion up. I think when you have a sold-out crowd, you're playing Toronto, guys will be fired up and ready." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith


Maple Leafs projected lineup

William Nylander -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman

Pierre Engvall -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Kyle Clifford -- Frederik Gauthier -- Dmytro Timashov

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin -- Timothy Liljegren 

Jack Campbell

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Martin Marincin

Injured: Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Cody Ceci (ankle), Andreas Johnsson (knee)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Drake Batherson

Nick Paul -- Artem Anisimov -- Anthony Duclair

Scott Sabourin -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Cody Goloubef -- Dylan DeMelo

Mike Reilly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion), Mark Borowiecki (ankle)


Status report

Johnsson will be out at least eight weeks. … Toronto cancelled practice on Friday because of a flu bug making its way through the team. … The Maple Leafs loaned forward Pontus Aberg to Toronto of the American Hockey League. … Borowiecki is out indefinitely.


Stat pack

Matthews has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 14 games against Ottawa. … The Maple Leafs and Senators each have allowed 188 goals this season, tied with the San Jose Sharks for 26th in the NHL.

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