LGP 68: Toronto St. Pats in Action

Samsonov's helmet for their St. Pats game Photo: Maple Leafs Twitter

Well, it’s St. Patricks Day and the Leafs are facing off against the Hurricanes on home ice and will wear their St. Pats jerseys tonight, following the Marlies afternoon game at Scotiabank Arena. Hopefully, the ice will still be in good shape, but regardless, the Leafs need to come out swinging and not make any excuses for themselves. The Hurricanes are a good team, and even though they have some key injuries, they will surely put in a solid effort. Let’s hope for some puck luck today as the Leafs look to win against the Hurricanes.

Leafs Projected Lineup

Hurricanes Projected Lineup


Puljujarvi – Aho – Jarvis

Teravainen – Kotkaniemi – Necas

Martinook – Staal – Fast

Stepan – Drury – Noesen


Slavin – Burns

Skjei – Pesce

Gostisbehere – Coghlan




Three Things to Look Out For


Well, I’m sure today will be a Schenntimental (sorry, I had to) day for Schenn as he makes his home re-debut with the Leafs tonight. In recent media availabilities, he has talked about how lucky he feels to be back with the team that drafted him, and it’s something he’d thought about before. We haven’t seen a lot from the human eraser lately, as he took some time to be with his wife while she gave birth to their third child, but I’m sure he will bring his energy to the game tonight. I’d be surprised if we don’t see some big hits from him. Give him some patience, though, as he will have to play catchup still compared to the team’s other defensive adds, as he hasn’t had as much game time.


Fans have had mixed feelings towards Gustafsson since he was traded to Toronto, and while he was racking up points in Washington, he hasn’t really had the same puck luck in a Leafs jersey yet. I’m sure ice time is a big factor in this though, as he went from playing top-pairing minutes to being a 6/7 defenseman on the Leafs. It looks like he will once again be getting some powerplay time though, so hopefully, he can ease into his offensive game tonight with solid play on the powerplay to get the monkey off his back.


Matthews acknowledged recently that he had struggled with injuries this season and that he’s finally starting to feel more like himself. That’s shown for sure this season, as although he’s putting up decent numbers and has improved defensively, he hasn’t quite had the lethal shot he’s known for. He’s seemed more reserved and sometimes less accurate too. Look for Matthews to have some puck luck tonight as he hopes to up his offensive game. He looks to be heating up and at the perfect time as he looks to build momentum into the playoffs.

Samsonov gets the start tonight as the Leafs take on the Hurricanes at 7:00 PM EST on TSN!

Thanks for reading! Feel free to follow me on Twitter @nathan_bondy.

So Nice, It Ended Twice feat. Marty Zylstra Leafs Late Night

WELCOME BACK TO LEAFS LATE NIGHT! Presented by Inside The RinkGalaxy Biehn / Marty Zylstra of Sports! Is FunCheck out Marty's Music- Lucky To Be Good, Good To Be Lucky- Mitch Marner Is Underrated- Joseph Woll Remembers.- Gregor's ArkNEW MERCH IS AVAILABLE!JOIN OUR DISCORD!Remember to follow us on Twitter @LeafsLateNight & IG @LeafsLateNightCheck out Mike, Josh, and Nathan's articles on the Leafs + many more! insidetherink.com
  1. So Nice, It Ended Twice feat. Marty Zylstra
  2. The Turkey Drop
  3. Finally, Some SNOT
  4. Winning To Spider Flaws
  5. Sick To My Stomach, Fam

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anaheim Ducks Lose Early Momentum

The Anaheim Ducks made waves early this season as they closed out the opening month of October with a 5-4-0 record. This record included a road win at TD Garden, which served as the first loss of the season for the Boston Bruins. This trend continued into the beginning of November as the Ducks defeated […]

Read More

Montreal Canadiens Extend Samuel Montembeault

The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have re-signed goaltender Samuel Montembeault to a three-year extension worth 3.15 million per year, there are no trade restrictions on the contract. Montembeault joined Montreal after being claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers back in October 2021 and was given a two-year deal worth $2 million in July […]

Read More

Stars Fall to Flames 4-3 in Overtime

The Dallas Stars finished their two-game Western Canadian road trip with a game at the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. The Stars, however, lost 4-3 to the Flames in overtime at the Scotiabank Saddledome after Nazem Kadri scored the game-winning goal at 1:01 of overtime. Dallas fell to 13-5-3, while Calgary improved to 10-10-3. Stars […]

Read More