Toronto Maple Leafs (20-27-10, 30th in NHL) vs. Nashville Predators (28-21-11, 15th in NHL)

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Air Canada Centre
Watch: TSN4

The tank brigade youth movement is in full swing tonight at the ACC.

Injuries to Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk and Matt Hunwick, a suspension to Leo Komarov, and the shipping out of Dion Phaneuf, Roman Polak, Nick Spaling and Shawn Matthias via trade means Brendan Leipsic, Stuart Percy and Viktor Loov are being thrust into prime time tonight.

Leipsic is expected to play on Nazem Kadri’s wing opposite Michael Grabner while Viktor Loov and Stuart Percy will pair together, as they have with the Marlies this season, on an very green Leafs blueline.

Martin Marincin (24yrs) – Mogan Rielly (21yrs)
Jake Gardiner (25yrs) – Frank Corrado (22yrs)
Viktor Loov (23yrs) – Stuart Percy (22yrs)
Average = 22.83

Josh Leivo has been activated off of IR and is expected to play tonight as well.

This is remarkable:

Who’s Hot

  • Brad Boyes: Five points (1g,4a) during current five-game point streak
  • PA Parenteau: Four points (2g,2a) in last four games
  • Mark Arcobello: Four points (3g,1a) in last four games
  • Josh Leivo: Two goals in last two games

Who’s Cold

  • Michael Grabner: 0 points in last 20 games

Matchup Stats

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Record %0.4390.558
Home Winning %0.4350.569
Away Winning %0.3450.5
Shootout Winning %0.50.75
Goal Differential Per Game-0.56-0.02
Shot Differential Per Game0.533.73
Hits Per Game27.822.9
PIM Per Game9.310.1
Opponent PIM Per Game8.510.2
Goals Per Game2.372.55
Even Strength Goals Per Game1.891.82
Power Play Goals Per Game0.460.63
Shots Per Game31.430.4
Shots Per Goal13.211.9
Team Shooting %7.60%8.40%
Power Play %14.30%19.40%
Goals Against Per Game2.932.57
ES Goals Against Per Game2.141.92
PP Goals Against Per Game0.680.62
Shots Against Per Game30.8426.63
Shots Against Per Goal10.5310.38
Opp. Team Shooting %9.50%9.60%
Penalty Kill %79.70%79.80%
Save %0.9050.904
Goals Against Average2.882.53
Opponent Save %0.9250.916
Opponent Goals Against Average2.332.52
Opponent Shutouts76

Recent Meetings

DateResultShotsShots AgainstSV%PPPK
11/12/2015TOR 2 - NSH 123220.9550/33 for 4
02/03/2015TOR 3 - NSH 428320.8750/42 for 3
11/18/2014NSH 9 - TOR 231370.7570/33 for 4

Most Recent Meeting

Mike Babcock Game Day

Nashville Predators Projected Lines

Calle Jarnkrok – Ryan Johansen – James Neal
Filip Forsberg – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith
Colin Wilson – Mike Fisher – Viktor Arvidsson
Miikka Salomaki – Paul Gaustad – Austin Watson

Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis
Anthony Bitetto – Petter Granberg

Starting Goalie: Carter Hutton (probable)
Pekka Rinne

Injured: Barret Jackman (upper body), Eric Nystrom (broken foot), Gabriel Bourque (upper body)
Scratched: Cody Bass

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Michael Grabner – Nazem Kadri – Brendan Leipsic
Colin Greening – Mark Arcobello – PA Parenteau
Daniel Winnik – Peter Holland – Brad Boyes
Josh Leivo – Byron Froese – Rich Clune

Viktor Loov – Stuart Percy
Morgan Rielly – Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner – Frank Corrado

Starting Goalie: James Reimer (confirmed)
Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Stephane Robidas (lower body), Joffrey Lupul (middle body), James van Riemsdyk (foot fracture), Jared Cowen (hip tightness), Tyler Bozak (upper body), Matt Hunwick (lower body).
Scratched: None
Suspended: Leo Komarov

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