Winners of three straight games, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 of the past 15 games heading into Sunday’s game at the Anaheim Ducks. The Maple Leafs have won six straight road games, giving them a chance to tie a team record against the Ducks with a seventh straight road win.
Maple Leafs centre Jason Spezza will dress for his 1,200th career game. The 36-year-old continues to be a valuable depth contributor on this roster. He has seven points (4 G, 3 A) in 22 games.
The Maple Leafs are also expected to have Kyle Clifford in Sunday’s lineup. It will be Clifford’s first game for the Maple Leafs since he was claimed off waivers from St. Louis.
Ondrej Kase remains out of the Maple Leafs lineup for the game against his first NHL team. He missed Friday’s game in San Jose as well.
Defenceman Travis Dermott will return to the lineup Sunday, in place of Timothy Liljegren on the third pair.
Starting goaltender Jack Campbell will return to the net after Joseph Woll earned the win in San Jose Friday.
After recording a goal and an assist in San Jose, captain John Tavares holds the team scoring lead with 20 points (10 G, 10 A) in 21 games.
Toronto goes into the game with a 15-6-1 record, good for 31 points in 22 games, which has them in second spot in the Atlantic Division.
Here is the expected lineup for the Maple Leafs in Anaheim:
Bunting – Matthews – Marner
Kerfoot – Tavares – Nylander
Ritchie – Kampf – Simmonds
Clifford – Spezza – Engvall
Rielly – Brodie
Muzzin – Holl
Sandin – Dermott
The Anaheim Ducks have cooled off after a hot start to the season. They had lost three in a row before defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Friday.
Anaheim has a good mix of young talent and veterans contributing this season. Ryan Getzlaf already has more points this season than he did last season.
The Ducks also have rising young starts like centre Trevor Zegras and defenceman Jamie Drysdale, players that should be fixtures for the Ducks for a long time.
Right winger Troy Terry is enjoying a breakout season, scoring 23 points (13 G, 10 A) in 20 games to lead the Ducks.
The Ducks are 11-7-3, in third place in the Pacific Division.
Here are expected lines for the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday:
Henrique – Getzlaf – Terry
Milano – Zegras – Rakell
Steel – Lundestrom – Silfverberg
Deslauriers – Grant – Carrick
Lindholm – Drysdale
Fowler – Manson
Benoit – Shattenkirk
Toronto Maple Leafs (-192) at Anaheim Ducks
O/U 5 .5
That is a steep price to pay on the road, but the Leafs are on such a roll that it hard to pick against them. It might make more sense to try the under.
Watch on TSN and listen on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.
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