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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 15: Vancouver Canucks

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (10-4-0) at Vancouver Canucks (9-5-1)

Where: Rogers Arena (Vancouver, BC)

When: 7 p.m. ET

Where to watch: CBC

Where to listen: TSN Radio 1050

Enemy blog: The Canuck Way

Lineups (via DailyFaceoff.com):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondDave BollandDavid Clarkson

Nikolai KuleminJay McClementJoffrey Lupul

Frazer McLarenTrevor SmithColton Orr

Defense

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Morgan RiellyCody Franson

Paul RangerJake Gardiner

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

CANUCKS

Forwards

Daniel SedinHenrik SedinRyan Kesler

Chris HigginsMike SantorelliAlexandre Burrows

Jeremy WelshBrad RichardsonZack Kassian

Tom SestitoDarren ArchibaldYannick Weber

Defense

Alexander EdlerJason Garrison

Dan HamhuisChris Tanev

Ryan StantonKevin Bieksa

Goalies

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack

  • Kulemin is expected to make his return tonight after sitting out 13 games with a broken foot. His return comes at a good time, as Carter Ashton was suspended for two games yesterday for his hit from behind on Derek Smith of the Calgary Flames in Wednesday’s game. Kulemin’s speed and forechecking prowess should help the Leafs’ possession issues. If he can’t play, Troy Bodie will slot in.
  • I haven’t heard anything yet from the morning skate, so I’m going to guess Reimer gets the start because he had a shutout in his last game. Carlyle can’t really go wrong with either him or Bernier, as they’ve both been superb.
  • The Canucks goaltenders haven’t put up huge save percentages, but that might be more a factor of the Canucks doing a great job of limiting shots. Vancouver allows a full eight less shots per game than the Leafs, and have won four of their last five. Luongo is beatable, but the Leafs will need to figure out a way to get shots on him.
  • I haven’t watched much of the Canucks this season, so I totally missed this whole Kesler-playing-with-the-Sedins news. That sounds like a pretty scary line. Santorelli is their fourth-leading scorer, surprisingly. He was a guy I thought the Leafs should target in free agency last offseason.
  • Be sure to join us for our live thread during the game tonight.

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