Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 33: St. Louis Blues

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Who: Toronto Maple Leafs (16-13-3) at St. Louis Blues (20-6-3)

Where: Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)

When: 8:00 PM ET

Where to watch: Leafs TV, Fox Sports Midwest

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Enemy blog: Bleedin’ Blue

Lineups (via Daily Faceoff):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Joffrey LupulPeter HollandNikolai Kulemin

Mason RaymondTrevor SmithDavid Clarkson

Frazer McLarenJay McClement – Jerry D’Amigo

Defense

Carl GunnarssonCody Franson

Jake GardinerMorgan Rielly

Paul RangerMark Fraser

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

BLUES

Forwards

Alex SteenDavid BackesT.J. Oshie

Jaden SchwartzVladimir SobotkaChris Stewart

Derek RoyPatrik BerglundVladimir Tarasenko

Brenden MorrowMaxim LapierreAdam Cracknell

Defense

Alex PietrangeloJay Bouwmeester

Kevin ShattenkirkBarret Jackman

Ian ColeRoman Polak

Goalies

Brian Elliott

Jaroslav Halak

The Leafs will head into St. Louis tonight as they take on the Blues in the first of two games they’ll play this season.

The Leafs are coming off of a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last night, which despite the outcome was one of the strongest games of their season. The Blues also played last night, earning a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The two teams have not faced off in over two calendar years on November 10, 2011. The Leafs pulled out a 3-2 shootout win in that match-up.

The Leafs have not announced their lineup or starting goalie yet, but it is expected that Reimer will get the start as Bernier played last night. No major changes to the Leafs’ lineup are expected, Randy Carlyle said after last night’s game that he was happy with how the club performed. Elliot will start for the Blues, his third in a row.

The Leafs will need both offense and defense to step up tonight if they hope to send St. Louis home losers. With 100 goals for and 67 against, The Blues rank fourth and third league-wide in those categories, respectively.

Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo are the two former Leafs on the Blues’ roster. Steen has been putting up a career year so far with 21 goals and 33 points in 29 games. Colaiacovo has missed 27 games to injury.

Topics: Alex Steen, Brian Elliott, James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

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