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Game 56 Preview and Open Thread: Toronto Maple Leafs @ Ottawa Senators

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This is where it all ends

Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s been a fun season, it’s been a frustrating season, it’s been a hopeful season but mostly it’s been too short of a season.

Just as the team was starting to really come together and we get a glimpse of even more of our prized prospects; they end it for us. There have been countless great moments this season and there will be nothing better than to close this season with a glorious win against the Maple Leafs before they head out to another embarrassing playoff performance.

DJ Smith had to leave us to the very last game, but ladies and gentlemen we will have a Logan Brown sighting. We will also be seeing Parker Kelly for the first time so if you needed any more excitement for the game, Smith is making sure it’s a game worth tuning in to.

Expected lines for tonight’s game as per TSN 1200:

Tkachuk - Norris - Batherson
Stützle - Pinto - C.Brown
Paul - Anisimov - Dadonov
Formenton - LBrown - Kelly

Mete - Zaitsev
Brännström - Zub
Alsing - Bernard-Docker


Game Notes

  • This will probably be the last time we see Arty party so hopefully he ends his tenure with a nice performance
  • There’s a lot of pressure on young Logan Brown, it seems people think tonight’s game will be an indication of his future with the team but there’s only so much he can do in one game. For all that he’s been through, I hope Brown does have dazzling game even though it really shouldn’t be a judge of what he’s capable of.
  • While the Leafs have already clinched their playoff spot and home ice advantage and division lead, they do have a small chance of capturing the president’s trophy and knowing that team, they will probably try to play hard for it. Let’s spoil one more thing this season.
  • You can catch the game tonight at 8:00PM on Sportsnet or listen live on TSN1200

Player Stats

Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category Player # Player #
Goals Connor Brown 20 Auston Matthews 40
Assists Thomas Chabot 25 Mitch Marner 47
Points Brady Tkachuk 35 Mitch Marner 67
Shots Brady Tkachuk 214 Auston Matthews 214
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 26:17 Morgan Rielly 23:41

Team Stats

Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 56 Ottawa Senators Toronto Maple Leafs
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.75 19th 3.35 5th
Goals Against/GP 3.38 28th 2.59 7th
Shots/GP 29.7 17th 31.1 7th
Shots Against/GP 32.1 27th 27.9 5th
Powerplay % 15.9 26th 20.3 16th
Penalty Kill % 78.9 21st 77.7 24th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 48.5 21st 50.92 11th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 50.18 22nd 55.28 2nd