For the Maple Leafs, get ready to see stars like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares. The Leafs have been playing with a chip on their shoulders since they became an internet joke, losing to the Zamboni driver David Ayers. They have won three in a row and are looking to solidify their spot at third in the Atlantic Division. They are currently four points ahead of the Florida Panthers who sit at fourth in the Atlantic and nine points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who are second in the Atlantic.
The Sharks, meanwhile, are playing for pride and maybe a small win streak of their own. While not mathematically out of it—thanks to the community member who pointed that out—that day is nearing. So the Sharks look to play spoiler tonight. They’ve won two games in a row and hope to make it three.
Quick notes. Martin Jones is in net. Brandon Davidson gets his first start in teal. Melker Karlsson is back from injury.
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Scratched: Lean Bergmann, Alexander True
Injured: Tomas Hertl (knee), Jacob Middleton (ankle), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb)
MAPLE LEAFS (Source: Pension Plan Puppets)
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Mitch Marner
Alexander Kerfoot - John Tavares - William Nylander
Kyle Clifford - Jason Spezza - Kasperi Kapanen
Pierre Engvall - Frederik Gauthier - Denis Malgin
Travis Dermott - Justin Holl
Martin Marincin - Tyson Barrie
Calle Rosen - Timothy Liljegren
Scratched: Rasmus Sandin
Injured: Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Jake Muzzin (fractured hand), Cody Ceci (ankle), Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Andreas Johnsson (knee)
Where to watch
Puck drop from SAP Center is at 7:30 PT/10:30 ET. Tonight’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on Sportsnet Ontario in the Toronto market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv.
There will be a radio call on 98.5 KFOX tonight. You can still listen to the game live over the Sharks + SAP Center app.