GDT: Leafs at Predators (8 p.m., Leafs TV)
The Toronto Maple Leafs make just their fourth-ever trip Bridgestone Arena tonight â€“ the fewest of any of the NHLâ€™s 29 other teams. It is also just the fourth overall meeting between the Predators and Leafs in the last six seasons. The Predators hold a 6-5-(1)-0 record against the Leafs in their 13-season history, including a 2-1-0 mark at Bridgestone Arena.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going on the road with a patched up lineup. As if that isn’t bad enough we’re in the midst of a 1-3-1 slide, and have to attempt to snap out of our recent funk without two of our top-six forwards. The Leafs will be forced to face the Predators without Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski, who were both injured during Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix at the Air Canada Centre.
“It is an opportunity for someone else to step up and get the job done.”
I can’t agree more. Instead of looking at this game as a tough road game with plenty to lose, we can also look at this game with much to gain. There will be many chances to show character throughout the season and every such chance should be embraced. The second thing we should admit is that it’s good for the Leafs to go on the road and escape all the speculation surrounding the team.
Gardiner will join 4th line occassionally. Scrivens makes 4th straight start.