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Preview: Canucks at Maple Leafs

Toronto aiming for third straight win; Vancouver looking to end seven-game losing streak

by David Alter / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (4-6-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (4-4-3)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, NHL.TV 

 

Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks have lost seven consecutive games after a 4-0-0 start. They are playing their third game of a six-game road trip without scoring a goal, including a 3-0 loss at the Montreal Canadiens and a 1-0 loss at the Ottawa Senators. Vancouver has been shut out four times in its past five games; after scoring 15 goals in its first six games, it has two in its past five. "We've got to find ways to score and we know that," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. "I think if we get some, we'll get a little bit of life and it will change things." Goaltender Ryan Miller will start. He's 1-4-0 despite having a 1.79 goals-against average.

 

Maple Leafs team scope

The Toronto Maple Leafs are coming off back-to-back victories for the first time this season. "I think we're happy with the way we've played over the last two games and we have something to build off now," Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. "We want to keep it going. We're a team that wants to keep putting these streaks together." Toronto leads the NHL with 33.8 shots per game. Goaltender Frederik Andersen will start. He's 6-1-3 with a 1.16 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in 10 career games against Vancouver. Rookie forward Auston Matthews has no points in his past five games.

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen

Markus Granlund - Brandon Sutter - Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Alexandre Burrows - Brendan Gaunce - Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton - Erik Gudbranson

Luca Sbisa - Philip Larssen

Nikita Tryamkin - Tory Stecher

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Alex Biega, Jack Skille

Injured: Anton Rodin (upper body), Jayson Megna (shoulder), Chris Tanev (lower body), Alexander Edler (upper body)

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander

Matt Martin - Ben Smith - Nikita Soshnikov

Martin Marincin - Connor Carrick

Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Seth Griffith, Peter Holland, Frank Corrado

Injured:  Matt Hunwick (lower body) Josh Leivo (lower body),

 

Status report

With Edler day to day with an upper-body injury, the team called up defenseman Troy Stecher on Friday, and he will be in the lineup. … Gaunce, from Sudbudy, Ontario, will play at Air Canada Centre for the first time. … The Maple Leafs have no changes to their lineup. 

 

Who's hot

Andersen is 3-0-1 with a .954 save percentage and 1.77 goals-against average in his past four starts. "We have to play better defensively and that starts with Freddy, who has been real good for us," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.

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