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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 30: Ottawa Senators

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (15-11-3) at Kanata Ottawa Senators (11-14-4)

Where: Corel Scotiabank Canadian Tire Centre (Kanata, ON)

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where to watch: CBC, NHLN-US

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Enemy blog: SenShot

Lineups (via Daily Faceoff):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson

Carter AshtonPeter HollandNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJay McClement – Jerry D’Amigo

Defense

Dion PhaneufCarl Gunnarsson

Jake GardinerCody Franson

Mark FraserPaul Ranger

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

SENATORS

Forwards

Clarke MacArthurJason SpezzaErik Condra

Mike HoffmanKyle TurrisBobby Ryan

Cory ConacherMika ZibanejadMilan Michalek

Colin GreeningZack SmithChris Neil

Defense

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Chris PhillipsJoe Corvo

Jared Cowen – Patrick Wiercoch

Goalies

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

  • Joffrey Lupul participated in his first full practice since injuring his groin on November 25 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. We’re still not sure if he’ll play tonight.
  • Coach Carlyle’s usage of Holland continues to confuse me. After playing 12 minutes against the Sharks (which included some very effective shifts on the first line), Holland played less than six in Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars. Carlyle has leaned heavily on Smith and McClement, when I think Holland is a better player than either of them.
  • D’Amigo, in his first NHL game, played only four minutes. I fully believe D’Amigo can be effective in a bottom six, energy role. Why not play him more?
  • With John-Michael Liles called up, the Leafs have eight defensemen. Who sits tonight? I have no idea. Probably Morgan Rielly. (Sigh.) Maybe the Leafs opt to sit McLaren and roll seven d-men.
  • Reimer will likely start because, as Jonas Siegel mentioned on Twitter, he’s 6-0-0 with a 0.85 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage in Ottawa in his career. It must be all of those Leafs fans that invade the building in Kanata who spur him on to play so well. The guy in the other end will be Anderson, who has regressed considerably since he garnered Vezina consideration last year. He sports a save percentage of .897 in 18 games this season. Lehner has been much better, with a .930 in 14 games.
  • The Senators are similar to the Leafs in that they allow a ton of shots, but unlike the Leafs, they also generate a ton of their own. This will probably be another one of those 40-plus shots against games for the Buds.
  • Karlsson, Ryan, Spezza and MacArthur will be the players to watch on the offensive end for the Sens. MacArthur, the former Leaf whose relationship with Carlyle soured considerably at the end of last year, might be the best Senator so far this season.

Tags: James Reimer Joffrey Lupul Morgan Rielly Peter Holland Toronto Maple Leafs

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