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In a bit of surprise, heading into tonight's Leafs and Oilers tilt, both Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid enter having not scored in their past five contests. The Oilers have struggled all season long and the only thing that's been consistent about their games is their inconsistency. General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media this week and the vibe he gave was that basically everything they've tried to right the ship, hasn't worked. Edmonton is looking to register their first three game win streak of the season, which is just a testament to how much they've underachieved. Both the Leafs and Oilers were offensive juggernauts last season, but the tale of the tape this year has the Leafs totaling 92 goals and the Oilers posting just 67.
Player to watch on Edmonton
Leon Draisaitl has points in three of his last five games and is quietly playing some of his best hockey of the season. If the Oilers hope to figure things out, Leon has to be part of that solution. Laurent Brossoit is likely to get the start for the Oilers after Cam Talbot was placed on the IR this morning. Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan added this morning that Talbot will be out a minimum of two weeks and that it could be longer. I certainly don't envy the position of Brossoit, especially against the high scoring Maple Leafs.
It's probably not possible to say that this game won't be entertaining. Whenever superstars like McDavid and Matthews collide, all eyes find their way to the screen. This one has the potential to be a back and forth, up and down, offensive showdown, or it could be a dud. Who really knows though, that's why we spend so much time watching these athletes. The point being, with these two stars playing, you're going to get some great shifts and some highlight reel maneuvers, so this is a must watch for me. I'll leave you with this, I love the star power, we'll give this a 3.75/5 stars. Yes, we can provide .75 stars. Deal with it.
Zach Hyman Auston Matthews Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau Tyler Bozak Connor Brown
James van Riemsdyk Nazem Kadri Leo Komarov
Matt Martin Dominic Moore William Nylander
Morgan Rielly Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner Nikita Zaitsev
Andreas Borgman Roman Polak
Milan Lucic Connor McDavid Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Anton Slepyshev
Drake Caggiula Leon Draisaitl Ryan Strome
Jujhar Khaira Mark Letestu Zack Kassian
Darnell Nurse Adam Larsson
Oscar Klefbom Matt Benning
Yohann Auvitu Kris Russell