Anaheim Ducks-Toronto Maple Leafs Game Night

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ANAHEIM DUCKS (21-16-7) at MAPLE LEAFS (25-10-3)

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Wednesday, 7 p.m., Scotiabank Arena

TV: Sportsnet; Radio: AM 590

WHY WATCH?

SCATTERED LEAFS

Coach Sheldon Keefe has taken advantage of his near-healthy forward group and last line change to experiment with separating his three young star forwards on different units. Auston Matthews will be with Michael Bunting and the returning Ondrej Kase, Mitch Marner moves to John Tavares’ right side and, in the most interesting switch, William Nylander drops to the third line with David Kampf and Alex Kerfoot. Will these changes last, or at the first sign of scoring trouble in a tight game, will Keefe put the eggs back in one basket?

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POINTS LEADERS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP G A PTS +/-

Auston Matthews 35 25 16 41 +2

William Nylander 38 16 22 38 +5

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John Tavares 37 15 21 36 +5

ANAHEIM DUCKS

GP G A PTS +/-

Troy Terry 39 23 14 37 0

Trevor Zegras 38 10 20 30 -11

Ryan Getzlaf 36 3 23 26 -7

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play

Toronto: 29.0% (2nd)

Anaheim: 25.0% (8th)

Penalty kill

Toronto: 84.0% (6th)

Anaheim: 85.4% (3rd)

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE DUCKS

1. Leafs centre Jason Spezza says the Ducks “definitely got our attention” with recent wins over Boston and Tampa Bay, which actually helps the Leafs in the division, but only if they can take advantage here. “They’ll come in with a lot of confidence and a lot of good young players having good seasons (Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, defenceman Jamie Drysdale), play with a lot of structure, get you to turn pucks over and be opportunistic on that.”

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2. If the Leafs really are worried about Jack Campbell’s workload, check down the other end where John Gibson will likely play in his 31st game as one of the 10 busiest netminders in the league. He’s on another good stretch, but has only won two of his seven career games versus the Leafs and was knocked around in November when Toronto triumphed 5-1 at the Honda Center.

3. The Ducks are slowly coming out of a COVID-19 crisis that sidelined, among other people, head coach Dallas Eakins, and is still keeping defenceman Josh Manson and goalie Anthony Stolarz at home. Keefe warned his team not count out the Anaheim veterans, meaning the ageless centre Ryan Getzlaf.   

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