LGP 25: Sammy’s Back!

The Reverse Retro 2.0 jerseys are back tonight as the Leafs take on the Sharks at Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs will also have a tribute to the recently passed Salming and have multiple initiatives to hopefully help with the disease, ALS, that Salming struggled with. The three main ways are the opportunity to buy the Salming jersey patch, Reverse Retro 2.0 jerseys with the Salming patch on it, or an auction with the game-worn jerseys from tonight’s game, with all profits from these three ways all going to ALS Action Canada.

Leafs Projected Lineup

Forwards

Bunting – Matthews – Nylander

Järnkrok – Tavares – Marner

Kerfoot- Holmberg – Engvall

Aston-Reese – Kämpf – Robertson

Defense

Giordano – Holl

Sandin – Liljegren

Mete – Hollowell

Goalies

Samsonov

Murray

Sharks Projected Lineup

Forwards

Meier – Hertl – Labanc

Nieto – Couture – Barabanov

Gregor – Bonino – Kunin

Lindblom – Lorentz – Svechnikov

Defense

Megna – Karlsson

Vlasic – Benning

Cicek – Simek

Goalies

Dell

Kahkonen

Three Things to Look Out For

Samsonov

This is the first time since the first week of the season that the Leafs have their top 2 goalies healthy and ready to go. Samsonov returns from injury to start tonight after a knee injury on November 5th kept him out of the team’s lineup. With Murray playing quite well, Samsonov has competition in the crease, as the Leafs were likely hoping when they acquired both goalies. It’s quite the story of how two goalies whose teams had given up on them are now doing quite well on their new team, creating quite the tandem for the Leafs. It’s still early, but if both goalies remain healthy, the Leafs’ goaltending could be quite an upgrade over last season’s goaltending. Hopefully, tonight, Sammy will get rid of the rust early on and play another solid game.

Robertson

Robertson once again finds himself in the lineup tonight, but this time on the fourth line. We saw initially how well the fourth line did with Malgin on it, so it will be interesting to see Robertson get a chance on that line. He will look to step on the gas and be a heavy presence on both ends of the ice tonight in hopes of winning a roster spot for more than just one game at a time.

Mete

Mete has stepped into the lineup after Benn was injured last week. It will be interesting to see if his skills can land him more tangible results in the shape of points, as he currently sits at two points in his eight games with the Leafs. Mete is a smooth skater who often gets in a rush, seemingly out of nowhere. Mete also seems to have a good eye for breakout passes.

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

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