Toronto Maple Leafs (6-6-3, 22nd in NHL) vs. Nashville Predators (6-5-3, 20th in NHL)

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Air Canada Centre
Watch:  Sportsnet Ontario

Game Day Notes

– The Leafs will catch a break with the injury situation to Pekka Rinne, who is day to day with a lower-body injury. Rinne is 4-0-2 with a .958 save percentage over his last six starts, second to only Carey Price in save percentage among NHL goalies in the month of November and first in Goals Against Average (1.14). Starting in his place is 25-year-old Marek Mazanec, who has appeared in 25 NHL games over the course of the last three seasons and accumulated an 8-12-4 record along with a .898 save percentage.

– Paul Hendrick is reporting that Frank Corrado, Connor Carrick and Peter Holland are the projected scratches based on the morning skate, meaning Ben Smith draws back into the lineup up front as well as Roman Polak on the blueline.

– Hendrick also reports that William Nylander will likely return to Auston Matthews’ wing to start the game. Nylander has just one assist in his last six games and has put just eight shots on goal over that span. Matthews has two assists and no goals in his last nine but has been shooting 3.33 times a game on average during his goal scoring slump.

– After a hellish start to the season, the Predators have now won three in a row, collected points in eight of their last ten games and are one point out of a wildcard position after 14 games. They are undefeated in the month of November with a 4-0-2 record and have scored 20 while allowing only seven in that span.

– The Predators  have been brutal on the road, however, with a 1-4-2 record that is tied for second last in the NHL in away wins. The Leafs have been equally as poor on the road but have won five of seven at the Air Canada Centre.

Matchup Stats

Statistics courtesy of


Record %0.50.536
Home Winning %0.7140.786
Away Winning %0.3130.286
Shootout Winning %00
Goal Differential Per Game-0.670.29
Shot Differential Per Game-1.53-0.57
Hits Per Game27.620.1
PIM Per Game12.810.3
Opponent PIM Per Game13.511.3
Goals Per Game2.932.79
Even Strength Goals Per Game2.21.71
Power Play Goals Per Game0.670.93
Shots Per Game32.830.1
Shots Per Goal11.210.8
Team Shooting %0.0890.092
Power Play %0.2380.241
Goals Against Per Game3.62.5
ES Goals Against Per Game31.64
PP Goals Against Per Game0.530.64
Shots Against Per Game34.3330.71
Shots Against Per Goal9.5412.29
Opp. Team Shooting %0.1050.081
Penalty Kill %0.830.809
Save %0.8950.919
Goals Against Average3.572.46
Opponent Save %0.9110.908
Opponent Goals Against Average2.912.74
Opponent Shutouts10

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Mitch Marner
Zach Hyman – Auston Matthews – William Nylander
Matt Martin – Ben Smith – Nikita Soshnikov

Morgan Rielly – Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner – Roman Polak
Martin Marincin – Matt Hunwick

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado, Peter Holland


Nashville Predators Projected Lines

Viktor Arvidsson – Ryan Johansen – James Neal
Colin Wilson – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg – Mike Fisher – Calle Jarnkrok
Cody Bass – Colton Sissons – Austin Watson

Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Marek Mazanec
Juuse Saros

Game Day Quotes

Mike Babcock Morning Skate Presser

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