GDT: Hurricanes at Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

GDT: Hurricanes at Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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This week, the Leafs take on a run opponents projected to be battling with them on the edge of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. They look to start picking up points in these winnable games tonight against the Staal brothers and the struggling Carolina Hurricanes.

Clarke MacArthur will return to the lineup and will start on the fourth line. Carlyle did not want to drop McClement off the Grabovski line after he’s meshed nicely there, while the Kadri line has been consistently effective with Komarov on that wing. If the Kessel drought continues, getting him someone who can create and play the game at his level from a skill standpoint might necessitate a shakeup.

Korbinian Holzer was recalled in wake of the unfortunate news that Gunnarsson needs some time off with a groin injury that’s been hampering him since his time overseas in Sweden during the lockout.

Projected lineups:

Leafs lineup

JVR – Bozak – Kessel
Kulemin – Grabovski – McClement
Frattin -Kadri – Komarov
McLaren – MacArthur – Orr.

Phaneuf – Kostka
Liles – Holzer
Fraser – Franson

Reimer

Hurricanes lineup

Tlusty – E. Staal – Semin

Skinner – J. Staal – Dwyer

Larose – Jokinen – Bowman

Wallace – Brent – Westgarth

McBain – Pitkanen

Gleason – Faulk

Sanguinetti – Harrison

Ward

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]