The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost three straight games and will look to get back in the win column tonight when they visit Anaheim for a tilt at the Honda Center. The Leafs finish up their Western road trip with games in Anaheim, Los Angeles and St Louis.
Three pre-game thoughts
-It will be interesting to see how the Leafs handle their first bout with adversity this season. The "young" Leafs need to have better structure in the defensive zone if they have any hope of keeping the puck out of the back of their net.
-Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen hasn't been himself in the first stretch of the season. All the blame of the Leafs current losing streak can't be placed directly on him, but with a career save percentage of .916, Andersen needs to play more like that, rather than his current .896. Andersen doesn't exactly look confident between the pipes, and that may have a lot to do with the defence in front of him, but regardless, he needs to be better if the Leafs want to be a contender.
-The Leafs are considered to be one of the fastest skating teams in the NHL, while the Ducks back end features a great transition game. Tonight's game could come down to how well the Leafs clog the neutral zone and use their speed to outmatch Anaheim's defence.
MAPLE LEAFS LINES
Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-William Nylander
Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-Josh Leivo
James van Riemsdyk-Patrick Marleau-Connor Brown
Matt Martin-Tyler Bozak-Mitch Marner
Morgan Rielly-Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner-Connor Carrick
Andreas Borgman-Nikita Zaitsev
Rickard Rakell-Kalle Kossila-Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano-Antoine Vermette-Jakob Silfverberg
Chris Wagner-Derek Grant-Ondrej Kase
Logan Shaw-Dennis Rasmussen-Jared Boll
Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
Francois Beauchemin-Brandon Montour
Jaycob Megna-Sami Vatanen