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Stanley Cup Qualifying Round – COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Qualifying Round Game 5 | Channel: SNet | 8:00 PM EST

Do or Die time as the Maple Leafs take on the Blue Jackets in Game 5 of their Qualifying Round series tonight. It has been a strange series in the sense that each Team has done the exact same thing as the other each game.

  • Game 1 Blue Jackets win 3-0. Korpisalo with the SO
  • Game 2 Maple Leafs win 3-0. Andersen with the SO
  • Game 3 Maple Leafs blow a 3-0 lead and lose the game in OT
  • Game 4 Blue Jackets blow a 3-0 lead and lose the game in OT

So, here we are. Game 5 and I am literally afraid to try and predict what will happen. Either Team is capable of anything tonight. It’s truly incredible and I don’t recall seeing anything like it before.

The major key for the Leafs to win this game is demonstrated clearly in the video below. The final 3 minutes of Game 4 is all of the video the Leafs need to watch for the rest of their lives. That is the style of play, the requisite amount of effort and the areas of the ice they need to own if they are to be successful.


Now that isn’t to say the Leafs can forget about the other things such as playing well defensively and for f*** sake get between the opponent and your goalie. If you are near your netminder and the opponent gets in and runs him over (repeatedly), or gets free whacks (repeatedly) at him, you are in the wrong place.


*Lineups Subject To Change. Check Back For Updates


PROJECTED LINEUPS

Leafs Team Logo

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS PROJECTED LINE UP

FORWARDS

11 Zach Hyman – 34 Auston Matthews – 16 Mitchell Marner

65 Ilya Mikheyev – 91 John Tavares – 88 William Nylander

89 Nick Robertson – 15 Alexander Kerfoot – 24 Kasperi Kapanen

73 Kyle Clifford – 47 Pierre Engvall – 19 Jason Spezza

DEFENSE

44 Morgan Rielly – 83 Cody Ceci

23 Travis Dermott – 3 Justin Holl

52 Marincin – 94 Tyson Barrie

GOALIES

STARTER – 31 Frederik Andersen

36 Jack Campbell

Extra: Gauthier, Johnsson, Rosen



Columbus Blue Jackets Lineup Logo

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS PROJECTED LINE UP

FORWARDS

42 Texier – 18 Dubois – 28 Bjorkstrand

71 Foligno – 10 Wennberg – 13 Atkinson

14 Nyquist – 38 Jenner – 19 Foudy

50 Robinson – 20 Nash – 52 Bemstrom

DEFENSE

8 Werenski – 3 Jones

44 Gavrikov – 58 Savard

27 Murray – 65 Nutivaara

GOALIES

STARTER – 70 Korpisalo

90 Elvis Merzlikins

Extra: Kukan, Gerbe


Game Night Prediction from James @OffsideTalk


GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!