LGP 41: Leafs Look to Close off First Half of a Season With a Win

With 40 games played, the Leafs currently are at 53 points and sit in second place in their division. After tonight’s game, the Leafs will have played half of the season. The Leafs had a solid 4-1 win last night, with Samsonov having a great night. Murray gets the start tonight as he looks to get back on track, just as Sammy Smiles did.

Leafs Projected Lineup

These are the lines from last night, but I’m sure they won’t be the same. Keefe said to expect a large group warning up tonight as there are players who are game-time decisions.


Bunting – Matthews – Nylander

Järnkrok – Tavares – Marner

Kerfoot – Kämpf – Engvall

Aston-Reese – Holmberg – Hunt


Rielly – Brodie

Sandin – Liljegren

Giordano – Holl




Flyers Projected Lineup


Van Riemsdyk – Frost – Tippett

Farabee – Cates – Konecny

Hayes – Laughton – MacEwen

Deslauriers – Brown – Allison


Provorov – Ristolainen

Sanheim – DeAngelo

York – Braun




Three Things to Look Out For


Brodie has played with many different partners since returning from his injury. He has finally found a consistent partner to play a stretch of games with Rielly. We have seen a lot of Rielly and Brodie since Brodie signed with Toronto. It will be a good stretch for both players to build up some consistency. Brodie has been solid through this stretch and will look to continue the solid effort tonight against the Flyers. 


Kerfoot has had some inconsistencies so far this season. In some games or shifts, he looks great and creates chances, like last night when he had a great play that led to a penalty being drawn. What I’d like to see from Kerfoot is some consistency and for him to start converting on his chances more often. Defensively he had been playing well, so if he can get the offensive numbers up, he will be a key part of the team. 


Hunt has continued to impress on the fourth line. He brings a solid level of energy and aggression that is much needed on the team. He has also had his share of chances on the team, and it should only be a matter of time before he finds himself on the scoreboard.

The Leafs take on the Flyers at 7 PM EST tonight on TSN.

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