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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers: Preview & Game Thread

The Toronto Maple Leafs (8-4-0) begin their Western Canada road trip tonight against the Edmonton Oilers (3-8-2) for the second and final time this season. The Leafs grabbed a 6-5 win over the Oilers back on October 12 at the Air Canada Centre, and they look to sweep the season series tonight at Rexall Place. James Reimer played great Saturday vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins and with that, he is expected to start  between the pipes tonight, while the Oilers will start Richard Bachman for the second consecutive game while Devan Dubnyk is still on the shelf with an injury. Sam Gagner has been cleared to play and will centre Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle, while Nazem Kadri will centre James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel on the first line again as Tyler Bozak is out with an injury. Joffrey Lupul will be a game-time decision.

Here are the projected lines, as per DailyFaceoff.com.

LEAFS

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond – Dave Bolland – David Clarkson

Carter AshtonJay McClement – Colton Orr

Frazer McLaren – Trevor Smith – Troy Bodie

Defense

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf

Morgan Rielly – Cody Franson

Paul Ranger – Jake Gardiner

Goaltenders

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

OILERS

Forwards 

Nail YakupovSam GagnerJordan Eberle

David PerronRyan Nugent-HopkinsMark Arcobello

Ryan JonesBoyd GordonAles Hemsky

Ben EagerWill ActonLuke Gazdic

Defense 

Denis GrebeshkovAndrew Ference

Ladislav SmidJeff Petry

Justin SchultzAnton Belov

Goalies

Richard Bachman

Jason LaBarbera

Be sure to join us tonight for our live game thread. All you need to do is comment below in the comment section. Game time is 9:00 p.m. and can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario (for those living in Ontario), and Rogers Sportsnet West (for those in Alberta). If you’re away from a television or prefer listening to the game without the pictures, tune in to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

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