LGP 24: Leafs Look to Extend Win Streak vs. Red Wings

Matthews #34 celebrates after a goal Photo: Maple Leafs Twitter

The Leafs head to Motor City tonight as they play the Red Wings, who are on a four-game win streak. The Leafs will look to snap that streak to put theirs to four games while hopefully extending Marner’s point streak to 17 games.

Leafs Projected Lineup

Forwards

Bunting – Matthews – Nylander

Järnkrok – Tavares – Marner

Kerfoot- Holmberg – Malgin

Aston-Reese – Kämpf – Engvall

Defense

Giordano – Holl

Sandin – Liljegren

Mete – Hollowell

Goalies

Murray

Källgren

Red Wings Projected Lineup

Forwards

Kubalik – Larkin – Perron

Bertuzzi – Copp – Raymond

Erne – Rasmussen – Sundqvist

Berggren – Veleno – Suter

Defense

Chiarot – Seider

Maatta – Hronek

Walman – Oesterle

Goalies

Husso

Nedeljkovic

Three Things to Look Out For

Murray

Matt Murray has played exceptionally well since coming back from his injury. He looks big in the net and is able to use his strength to help make saves that he isn’t expected to make. His solid play seems to have boosted the team’s confidence, so I’m sure he is looking to have another solid performance tonight. I’m sure many people will also be watching to see if Murray’s net gets dislodged again, as it seems he has drawn quite a bit of attention with the nets coming off recently.

Matthews

After some missed opportunities in the first period and the start of the second in the last game, many fans were questioning whether Matthews was okay, if he’d peaked as a player already, or if he was playing injured. He ended the game with an impressive three-point night, topping it off with a goal. Matthews may not have the same goal production at 5-on-5 this year and has a lower shooting percentage too, but he is still playing quite well. His game has continued to develop throughout the year, and we are seeing him play a more physical, well-rounded game. I wouldn’t be worried about Matthews.

Hollowell

Tonight will be Hollowell’s 4th game in the NHL. So far, he has looked serviceable for a rookie. But he has made some mistakes that rookies typically make, as he had some minutes against Malkin and even Crosby last game. Hollowell should continue to get more comfortable in the NHL, although he likely won’t be with the Leafs after Brodie’s injury return.

You can watch today’s game live at 7:00 pm EST on Sportsnet!

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