The Toronto Maple Leafs return to the ice tonight for the first time since Wednesday, January 10th fresh off their NHL mandated bye week. And if you thought they were going to get off easy in their first game back… think again.
The powerhouse St. Louis Blues are in town tonight to take on the Leafs fresh off their own bye week break. The Blues boast an impressive 26-17-3 record this season and have been in a dog fight with the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division the entire season. Led by sniper Vladimir Tarasenko, surprise playmaker Brayden Schenn and all-around defensive beast Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues are no push-over. If the Leafs expect to get two points tonight, they’ll have to work for every chance they get.
Speaking of the Leafs, they’ll ice a lineup similar to the one that we last saw when they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Ottawa Senators. Rookie Travis Dermott draws back into the team’s lineup, as does center Frederik Gauthier.
Here are tonight’s lines/pairing courtesy of TSN reporter and Leafs insider Kristen Shilton:
For anyone wondering… the goat emoji is Gauthier.
It looks like Blues head coach Mike Yeo will elect to go with back up goaltender Carter Hutton tonight, giving starter Jake Allen the night off.
Puck drops is just after 7pm ET tonight from the Air Canada Centre. Go Leafs, Go!