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Leafs Game Preview #11: Leafs Return Home

After a road trip that didn’t go well, the Leafs look to return to winning on home ice. The Leafs take on a Flyers team coming off a game last night. The Leafs are looking to silence the doubt of some of the fans tonight, and that will start by playing a full game from puck drop to the final horn.

Leafs Projected Lineup


Bunting – Matthews – Marner

Kerfoot – Tavares – Nylander

Engvall – Holmberg – Järnkrok

Aston-Reese – Kämpf – Malgin


Brodie – Holl

Rielly – Mete

Giordano – Sandin




Flyers Projected Lineup


Farabee – Hayes – Konecny

Cates – Laughton – Tippett

Bellows – Frost – Macewen

Deslauriers – Sedlak – Allison


Provorov – DeAngelo

Sanheim – Ristolainen

Seeler – Braun




Three Things to Look Out For

Holmberg to Make NHL Debut

After impressing in camp, and the Leafs trying many centers out through their road trip, they decided to bring up Holmberg to make his NHL debut. Keefe mentioned that they wanted to give a natural center a chance, and they’ve been impressed with Holmberg. I recall in the preseason seeing Holmberg play. Holmberg has a calming demeaner and a high hockey IQ. I expect that Holmberg won’t be super noticeable tonight, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, as that likely means he’s not making many mistakes.


After a few games as a healthy scratch, Mete is returning to the lineup tonight and will play with Morgan Rielly. This is a huge opportunity for the defenseman to move up the ladder in trying to secure a regular slot with the Leafs. Mete plays the puck quite well, and I’m intrigued to see how his skill with the puck will translate on a pairing with Rielly.

More effort for a full 60 minutes

Leafs hockey hasn’t been easy to watch so far this year. Part of this is due to mistakes and turnovers, while some seem to be due to the competition level not being high enough. It seems as if sometimes the Leafs almost seem defeated. Clearly, this team is in a rut, but being back on home ice may help them figure things out. This team has a lot of skill, but we need to see them compete at 100% for the whole night. Be on the lookout for the squad to play a full game tonight; if they can do so, that should result in a win.


This is a new segment of the pre-game articles, where each game, there will be three predictions that will be answered between our Leafs’ writing team, Leafs’ Late Night team, and a coin flip. We will track it throughout the season to see who is the most accurate! The coin flip will always have heads as the home team and tails as the away team.

Who will walk away with the win tonight?

Nathan: Leafs

Josh: Leafs

Mike: Leafs

Steph: Leafs

Johnny: Flyers

Coin: Flyers

Who will score first? Sharks or Leafs?

Nathan: Flyers

Josh: Leafs

Mike: Flyers

Steph: Leafs

Johnny: Leafs

Coin: Leafs

Will Marner record over/under 1.5 points?

Nathan: Over

Josh: Over

Mike: Under

Steph: Over

Johnny: Under

Coin (over=heads, under=tails): Over

You can watch tonight’s game on Sportsnet 1 beginning at 7:00 pm EST.

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