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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview & Live Thread Number 56: Florida Panthers

Who: Florida Panthers (21-25-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (28-21-6)

Where: Air Canada Centre

When: 7 p.m. ET

Where to watch: Sportsnet Ontario, Fox Sports Florida

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Opposition blog: The Rat Trick

Latest betting line (from Vegas Insider): Toronto -152

Leafs win probability (from Steve Burtch): 49.4 per cent

Lineups (from Daily Faceoff):

LEAFS

FORWARDS

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Joffrey LupulNazem KadriNikolai Kulemin

Mason RaymondPeter HollandTroy Bodie

Carter AshtonJay McClementColton Orr

DEFENSE

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf

Cody FransonTim Gleason

Jake GardinerMorgan Rielly

GOALIES

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

INJURIES

Dave Bolland

Trevor Smith

David Clarkson

Frazer McLaren

HEALTHY SCRATCHES

Mark Fraser

Paul Ranger

PANTHERS

FORWARDS

Tomas FleischmannNick BjugstadScottie Upshall

Sean BergenheimScott GomezBrad Boyes

Jonathan HuberdeauMarcel GocJesse Winchester

Tomas KopeckyDrew ShoreKrys Barch

DEFENSE

Brian CampbellTom Gilbert

Dylan OlsenEd Jovanovski

Dmitry KulikovMike Weaver

GOALIES

Scott Clemmensen

Tim Thomas

INJURIES

Aleksander Barkov

Alex Petrovic

Erik Gudbranson 

Notes:

    • Panthers centre Shawn Matthias missed Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins with an illness. I’m not sure whether or not he’ll draw back into the lineup tonight.
    • Panthers backup and former Leafs goalie Clemmensen will get the start. I remember back when he was a backup for the New Jersey Devils, he often got the start against the Leafs, and usually played pretty well. He’s not having a great season, however, with a .903 save percentage in 13 games.
    • David Clarkson is apparently pretty much ready to return, but can’t play until he gets the stitches removed from his elbow.
    • Trevor Smith’s hand is healed, but he injured himself in the weight room, Randy Carlyle said. He’s still out.
    • Any predictions for tonight’s game? The Panthers always seem to play the Leafs tough, so I think it’ll be close. My final prediction is 4-2 Panthers.
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    GO LEAFS GO!

    Tags: David Clarkson Scott Clemmensen Shawn Matthias Toronto Maple Leafs Trevor Smith

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