Tuesday Nov 15 the Toronto Maple Leafs take on PK Subban and the Nashville Predators. The Predators are on a 3 game win streak, coming off a 5-0 win Saturday night against the Ducks. Both teams have very similar records so far this season as both seem to be able to score(some what) and are decent on special teams. The one thing Nashville has over Toronto is defense, which is starting to become a trend for the Leafs these days.
Nashville has surrendered 21 fewer goals so far this season which makes sense since they have Josi and Subban on the back end and Rinne in goal. Rinne at 6’5 is a massive goalie, he has put up impressive numbers so far this season with a .930 SV% and a 2.13 GAA. The leafs have been able to score 7 more goals this season than the Preds but with that defense and goalie it might be a tough night for the young Buds.
If you’re into advanced stats the Leafs have a better corsi at 50.47 CF% compared to Nashville’s 49.20 CF%, the difference is so minimal that to me it doesn’t show anything worth while. It looks like Nashville could be a hard team to beat, the Leafs need to have the advantage in offense and will need to get past the brick wall that is Pekka Rinne. Nashville needs their offense to show up against the weak defense Toronto brings every night. Anderson is coming off a 49 shot outing on Saturday night and will need to play just as well as he did on Saturday for the leafs to have a chance to win.
This game could end up being a low scoring game as each team seems to excel at what the other doesn’t. Things to keep an eye on during this game:
Who will win the battle of the goalies?
Will PK Subban show up in Toronto like usual?
Will the Leafs rookies be able to find the back of the net? (and not the post)
Will Mike Babcock Keep up his line juggling?
I expect Nylander and Matthews light the lamp on Tuesday night and get the puck luck back on their side and Subban to play well in his return to Toronto. I project a 3-2 Leafs win!
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