After routing the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 Wednesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs have now won 12 of the past 14 games.
The Leafs will turn to Joseph Woll in goal at San Jose. The 23-year-old has won his first two career starts, including a shutout against the Islanders in his last start.
Centre David Kampf, who was knocked out of the Kings game early in the first period, practiced with the Maple Leafs Thursday. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to be in the lineup.
As the Leafs continue to win, there are no changes expected among the skaters in the lineup. That means Kyle Clifford, Kirill Semyonov, and Travis Dermott are healthy scratches.
After recording a goal and an assist in Los Angeles, John Tavares has taken the Maple Leafs scoring lead with 18 points (9 G, 9 A) in 20 games.
Here is the expected lineup for the Maple Leafs in San Jose:
Ritchie – Matthews – Marner
Kerfoot – Tavares – Nylander
Engvall – Kampf – Kase
Bunting – Spezza – Simmonds
Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Sandin – Liljegren
San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are coming off back-to-back wins against Carolina and Ottawa. The Sharks are now 10-8-1 on the season.
Goaltender James Reimer, a former Maple Leaf, has been excellent for the Sharks, posting a .936 save percentage in 11 appearances.
The Sharks have not been winning the shot battle most nights, ranking 29th in score-and-venue-adjusted shot attempts (45.5%) and 26th in expected goals (46.9%), so the goaltending has really made a difference for them.
Timo Meier is off to a great start for San Jose, producing 18 points (7 G, 11 A) in 14 games.
Here are the San Jose Sharks’ lines for Friday’s game:
Meier – Couture – Balcers
Barabanov – Hertl – Gregor
Nieto – Weatherby – Labanc
Cogliano – Bonino – Reedy
Ferraro – Burns
Middleton – Karlsson
Vlasic – Simek
Toronto Maple Leafs (-155) at San Jose Sharks
The Maple Leafs should be favoured but that is a steep price to pay for a road favourite, especially when the Maple Leafs have a relatively inexperienced backup goaltender making the start.
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