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  1. Budsfan

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    Sunday NHL preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks
    By Kevin McGranSports Reporter
    Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

    UNITED CENTER
    FACEOFF:
    7 p.m.

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    Chicago’s Patrick Kane, battling Leaf Nazem Kadri for a faceoff, has 23 points in 15 career games against Toronto. The teams square off Sunday night in the Windy City. (Graig Abel / GETTY IMAGES file photo)


    TV: Sportsnet
    RADIO: TSN Radio 1050
    KEY PLAYERS
    Sparks/Kane
    Leafs backup goalie Garret Sparks grew up in the Chicago area and has never skated on United Center ice. He trains there in the summer with friend Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks’ high-scoring forward. It’s scheduled to be Sparks’ first start in relief of Frederik Andersen. Kane has 10 goals and 13 assists in 15 career games against the Maple Leafs.
    NEED TO KNOW
    Both teams are playing on back-to-back nights. The Blackhawks beat Ottawa 4-3 in overtime in Thursday’s opener and faced St. Louis on Saturday … It’s been three years since the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. They found themselves in unfamiliar territory after missing the playoffs last season ... Veteran goalie Cam Ward may be the most important addition of the off-season, with No. 1 Corey Crawford out until Oct. 18 at the earliest after a long recovery from a concussion … Veteran Chris Kunitz, a free-agent pickup, plays on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat.
    UP NEXT
    Tuesday at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

    GAME DAY: Maple Leafs at Blackhawks
    Terry KoshanMore from Terry Koshan

    TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
    7 p.m. Sunday, United Center, SNO, TSN 1050

    BIG MATCHUP
    John Tavares vs. Nick Schmaltz

    Provided Chicago coach Joel Quenneville uses Jonathan Toews against Auston Matthews, it’s probable that Tavares would draw Schmaltz, the Blackhawks’ second-line centre. A first-round pick by Chicago in 2014, Schmaltz blossomed last season with 21 goals and 52 points, but could be hard-pressed to contain Tavares. And keep an eye on respective right wingers on the lines — the Leafs’ Mitch Marner and the Hawks’ Patrick Kane.
    FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
    1. Sparks’ first start

    There’s no questioning the confidence of Garret Sparks, and there shouldn’t be, considering the 2017-18 hardware the 25-year-old Leafs goalie has at home (AHL goalie of the year and a Calder Cup ring). A strong outing from Sparks is imperative, considering the Leafs don’t have another back-to-back set until Nov. 9-10. Sparks has no problem thinking he is an NHL goalie, and it’s his first chance to prove it.
    2. Kane is able
    Hawks star Patrick Kane often has toyed with the Leafs, recording 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) in 15 games. Sparks faced Kane during some on-ice sessions this past summer, and has a grip on what makes Kane frustratingly effective. “He is just deceptive,” Sparks said. “Just has a great hockey IQ and he uses it to the fullest of his ability. I’m not going to try to out-think (Kane and Jonathan Toews).”
    3. Ride the cycle
    The Leafs have been working to establish a definitive cycle game in the offensive zone, and the Blackhawks’ group of defencemen isn’t nearly as formidable as it was during the Stanley Cup years (consider that Duncan Keith is 35 and Brent Seabrook 33). It’s on Leafs such as Zach Hyman and Connor Brown to help set the table from the hashmarks in.
    4. High on Lindholm
    The game will mark the first on the road for Leafs centre Par Lindholm, who made a good first impression in the season opener against Montreal. There’s potential in the Leafs’ fourth line to score, but coach Mike Babcock likes something else in Lindholm. “He’s ultra-smart,” Babcock said. “He’s got good edges, really good defensively, you trust the guy when he’s on the ice.” The Hawks should be a solid test for the 27-year-old, no matter who he draws.
    5. Travel tips
    Neither club will have the benefit of rest, as the Leafs, starting a four-game trip, will have arrived from Toronto and the Blackhawks from St. Louis, where they met the Blues on Saturday night. The Leafs who remain from 2017-18 could be buoyed by the club’s 7-5-2 record in the second game of back to backs, but regardless, the group that has legs from the opening shift should prevail.
    MAPLE LEAFS LINES
    LW-C-RW

    Patrick Marleau-Auston Matthews-Tyler Ennis
    Zach Hyman-John Tavares-Mitch Marner
    Josh Leivo-Nazem Kadri-Connor Brown
    Andreas Johnsson-Par Lindholm-Kasperi Kapanen
    Defence pairs
    Morgan Rielly-Ron Hainsey
    Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev
    Travis Dermott-Igor Ozhiganov
    Goaltenders
    Garret Sparks
    Frederik Andersen
    BLACKHAWKS LINES
    LW-C-RW

    Alex DeBrincat-Jonathan Toews-Dominik Kahun
    Brandon Saad-Nick Schmaltz-Patrick Kane
    Chris Kunitz-Artem Anisimov-David Kampf
    Marcus Kruger-Luke Johnson-Andreas Martinsen
    Defence pairs
    Duncan Keith-Henri Jokiharju
    Brent Seabrook-Brandon Manning
    Erik Gustafsson-Jan Rutta
    Goaltenders
    Cam Ward
    Collin Delia
    INJURIES
    Blackhawks — G Corey Crawford (concussion), G Anton Forsberg (undisclosed), D Connor Murphy (back), D Gustav Forsling (wrist).
    Maple Leafs — None.
    SPECIAL TEAMS
    Power play

    Blackhawks: 0% (29th)
    Maple Leafs: 33.3% (7th)
    Penalty kill
    Blackhawks: 66.7% (24th)
    Maple Leafs: 75% (20th)
     
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    Both teams played and travelled last night. Hawks have looked pretty good from what I've seen. Leafs need to be more aggressive and carry the play against these weaker defensive teams.


    I think it will be good for the boys to get out on the road and I say they squeeze out a hard earned victory tonight.
     
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    Play like last night with some better goaltending and we win. That's all im asking for.
     
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    Sparks vs. Forsberg, should be interesting.
     
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    Nylander doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon. For the love of God Babs, put Kapanen on the Matthews line, and move Hainsey off the top pairing. Oz made a gaffe last night but has looked solid otherwise.

    Marleau-Matthews-Kapanen
    Hyman-Tavares-Marner
    Leivo-Kadri-Brown
    Johnsson-Lindholm-Ennis

    Gardiner-Zaitsev
    Rielly-Ozhiganov
    Dermott-Hainsey
     
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    Yup exactly. If Sparks is in... which is most likely, he has to have a solid game. If he does, Leafs should be fine.

    They need to bury their chances more often to.
     
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    From the hfboards perspective... Sparks has to have a great game or it's the end of him and the world.
     
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    Hyman and Brown are black holes. Give it to Johnsson and Kappy. They may not be as good as of today because of a slow start, but tomorrow and on I am more confident in their abilities.
     
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    Yeah I'd agree. I'd like to see what Kappy can do with Matthews. I dont really like how the Matthews line has played at 5 on 5 so far.
     
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    Brown needs to step up without question. Hyman as well, but I'm cutting him some slack because he missed most of the pre-season.
     
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    Kappy should be getting more looks. If Ennis is getting run over again tonight, I hope Babs slots in Kappy.

    The 3rd and 4th lines are just wrong... prove me wrong Babs
     
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    Lol... maybe the Nylander **** has everyone amped up I don't know.

    Either way I just want him to play solid. I think it may be a higher scoring affair. 5-4 Leafs... something like that.

    With Sparks I'm not worried though. He has to learn. I hope he does well. He has the potential.
     
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    I love Leaf vs Hawk games because Johnny Toews is my favourite NHL player.
     
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    Well the good news is we already hit rock bottom last night. Now that that's out of the way, only way is up from here!
     
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    Got Dallas and Washington this week....need to win tonight. Hawks are playing their 3rd game in 4 nights with a late start yesterday. Let's go!
     
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    Leafs B2B schedule guarantees Sparks five games this year *plus* however many times Freddy is sidelined for whatever reason. Still a small sample size but compared to his training camp, should be good enough to have set eyes on his competence/skills by the end of this year.

    For the love of the Leafs, I really hope he does well.
     
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    That 3rd line needs to be changed up as well. Slow, no offense, crappy in their own zone.

    I'd like to see

    Marleau Matthews Kapanen
    Johnsson Tavares Marner
    Ennis Kadri Hyman
    Leivo Lindholm Brown

    But knowing Babs it won't happen he doesn't change up his line combo's unless it sucks for a good half a season like Komarov with Kadri.
     
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    Let’s try not to play “told you so” tonight with Sparks, on both sides. Like that will happen lol.
     
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    Hyman-Matthews-Kapanen (Matthews is used to Hyman on his left.)
    Johnsson-Tavares-Marner (Tavares-Marner looks like it is working ... kind of.)
    Marleau-Kadri-Brown (Marleau-Kadri played together, Brown worked on the 3rd. line last year made the Bozak line a + line.)
    Leivo-Lindholm-Ennis (It's a 4th. line ...)

    I'm okay with your defense, maybe try Holl for Hainsey or Ozhiganov.


    Could get ugly quickly.
     
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    Should be a fun game.

    Hawks might be tired as 3rd in 4 nights AND they played OT last night.

    Excited for Sparks making the team and starting in his hometown.
     
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    I'd like to see

    Kapanen-Tavares-Marner
    Marleau-Matthews-Hyman
    Ennis-Kadri-Brown
    Johnsson-Lindholm-Leivo

    Rielly-Dermott
    Gardiner-Holl
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    before Nylander signs
     
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    Holl in top 4 is insane.
     
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    Just don't trade that 1st. round pick. :popcorn:
     
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