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Final pre-Christmas game of Leafs and Rangers on Saturday’s FTB

Marner and Nylander are heating up, will they carry the Leafs to victory.?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing their last game before the Christmas break tonight against the New York Rangers. The last time they played each other it was a ridiculously high-scoring, back-and-forth, entertaining slug fest; the Leafs won 8-5.

The big question for the Leafs will be whether or not Matthews will play. He admitted to having some concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Rielly in his last game, but says he’s feeling great. The Leafs might not be willing to push the matter though, especially when you consider how hot some of their other young stars have finally started playing.

Mitchell Marner has 13 shots and 5 points in his last two games, and had good possession games too. William Nylander has had 5 shots and a couple of points as well, including some games at center. It’d be nice to see the old gang get back together with Hyman, Matthews and Nylander though.


James Mirtle at The Athletic with an argument for using Gardiner and Rielly as a pairing more often. I mean it makes their defense REALLY top-heavy, but it would be ridiculously fun eh?

Also by the Athletic, a few of their hockey writers write what their Team Canada men’s roster would be if NHLers were going to the upcoming Olympics. Even if you can’t access the article, it’s a fun exercise so let us know what you would do in the comments. For shits and giggles, here’s mine…

  • Marchand – Crosby – Bergeron
  • Hall – McDavid – MacKinnon
  • Benn – Tavares – Seguin
  • Giroux – Scheifele – Stamkos
  • Extra F: Schenn
  • Keith – Doughty
  • Muzzin – Pietrangelo
  • Rielly – Letang
  • Extra D: Subban
  • Price, Holtby, Murray

Have a great pre-Christmas weekend everyone!




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