Toronto Maple Leafs at Vancouver Canucks – Game #63 Preview, Projected Lines & TV Info – Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Luke Schenn returns to Vancouver just a few days after he was traded to Toronto as the Maple Leafs look for their fifth win in their last six games tonight at Rogers Arena (7 p.m. EST, Sportsnet).
All the lineup information is coming in last minute tonight due to the 4 p.m. start on the west coast, but it appears the Leafs will run with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the second consecutive game and Matt Murray will make his return to the net for his first start since January 17th.
Alex Kerfoot will start on the top line, with Michael Bunting — after a rough few games in Edmonton and Calgary — will move down to Ryan O’Reilly’s wing, but it will be a constant shuffle throughout with the 11/7 setup.
Head to Head: Canucks vs. Leafs
In the season-to-date statistics, the Leafs hold the advantage over the Canucks in four out of five offensive categories and five out of five defensive categories.
Game Day Quotes
Rick Tocchet on the meaning of this game in a lost season for the Canucks:
These are important games for us… These are the games that being quite honest, we treat like a playoff game. This is our kind of playoff game.
[The Leafs] are a team that’s built for a Stanley Cup run.
Tocchet on the Leafs adding Ryan O’Reilly before the deadline and what he appreciates about ROR’s game:
[Craig Berube] just raves about O’Reilly. That’s a huge pick-up for them in a seven-game series. He was outstanding against Colorado last year. An excellent move for them.
He plays the game the right way — Bergeron-type, Crosby-type — where he doesn’t cheat the game, is great on face-offs, and doesn’t take off from their own end when they don’t have the puck. It’s the little things.
Sheldon Keefe on his ability to use O’Reilly as his 3C as needed:
It gives us another high-end center with great defensive awareness and abilities and yet the ability to carry play and make a play, whether that is to score himself or to facilitate.
When you have that deeper in the lineup, it is great to have. You can use him against anybody. As we worked with when he arrived here, you have the ability to move him up, move John over, or try different combinations there.
It is a very significant addition for us.
Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines
#15 Alex Kerfoot – #34 Auston Matthews – #16 Mitch Marner
#19 Calle Järnkrok – #91 John Tavares – #88 William Nylander
#58 Michael Bunting – #90 Ryan O’Reilly – #28 Sam Lafferty
#64 David Kämpf – #52 Noel Acciari
#22 Jake McCabe – #78 TJ Brodie
#44 Morgan Rielly – #2 Luke Schenn
#55 Mark Giordano – #3 Justin Holl
#56 Erik Gustafsson
Starter: #30 Matt Murray
#34 Ilya Samsonov
Extras: Zach Aston-Reese, Timothy Liljegren, Conor Timmins
Injured: Matt Murray, Nick Robertson, Jake Muzzin, Victor Mete
Vancouver Canucks Projected Lines
#96 Andrei Kuzmenko – #40 Elias Pettersson – #72 Anthony Beauvillier
#8 Conor Garland – #9 JT Miller – #6 Brock Boeser
#92 Vasily Podkolzin – #15 Sheldon Dries – Vitali Kravtsov
#81 Dakota Joshua – #88 Nils Aman – #18 Jason Studnicka
#43 Quinn Hughes – Noah Juulsen
#8 Chris Tanev – #57 Tyler Myers
#86 Christian Wolanin – #44 Kyle Burroughs
Starter: #35 Thatcher Demko
#60 Colin Delia
Injured/Out: Tucker Poolman, Tanner Pearson, Ethan Bear, Ilya Mikheyev, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Filip Hronek
Bruins F Greer suspended one game for cross-checking Habs F Hoffman – TSN
Boston Bruins forward AJ Greer has been suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens winger Mike Hoffman on Thursday night.
Boston’s A.J. Greer has been suspended for one game for Cross-checking Montreal’s Mike Hoffman. https://t.co/SZkcAlo8qk
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 24, 2023
The incident occurred in the first period of Thursday’s 4-2 Bruins win over the Canadiens when the two players were battling prior to a faceoff, which resulted in Greer cross-checking Hoffman in the face.
Greer received a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct, while Hoffman briefly left the game with an injury but returned in the second period.
Greer, 26, has five goals and 11 points in 52 games this season.
Play-off field complete at LGT World Women's Championship – worldcurling.org
The play-off field is set at the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship 2023, taking place from 18–26 March in the Göransson Arena.
Switzerland women completed their round-robin campaign unbeaten (12-0), secured first place in the rankings and a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Norway finished second in the rankings with an 8-4 win-loss record, and they also secured a direct place in the semi-finals.
Canada are ranked third (7-5) and will play sixth-ranked Japan (7-5) in one qualification game. Fourth-ranked Italy (7-5) and fifth-placed hosts Sweden (7-5) will play in the other qualification game.
Both qualification games will take place on Saturday 25 March at 10:00 and the winners of these games earn a place in the semi-finals.
Switzerland will play the winner of the Italy vs Sweden game in one semi-final, while Norway will meet the winner of the Canada vs Japan game in the other semi-final.
Both semi-finals will take place on Saturday at 16:00.
The winners of the semi-finals will play for gold medals and the world title on Sunday 26 March at 15:00. The losers of the semi-finals will play for bronze medals earlier that day, at 10:00.
All times are CET (Central European Time) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +1 hour, except for 26 March, when times are CEST (Central European Summer Time) which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +2 hours.
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Canada narrowly qualifies for playoffs at women's curling worlds despite late loss – CBC.ca
Canada’s Kerri Einarson closed her round-robin schedule with an 11-5 loss to Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont on Friday but still managed to secure a playoff berth at the women’s world curling championship in Sandviken, Sweden.
Her Manitoba-based rink of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris, which defeated Turkey’s Dilsat Yildiz 10-4 earlier in the day, finished in third place at 7-5 and will face sixth-place Japan (7-5) on Saturday in a qualification match at the Goransson Arena.
The top six teams advanced to the playoffs, with three-time defending champion Switzerland (12-0) and Norway (8-4) getting byes to the semifinals as the top two teams.
Canada fell to Japan 6-5 in round-robin play on Thursday.
Sweden (7-5) and Italy (7-5) meet in the other qualification game.
After conceding to Denmark after eight ends, Canada locked up a spot in a qualification game a short time later when American Tabitha Peterson dropped a 10-6 decision to South Korea’s Seungyoun Ha.
“We were going to have some anxious moments here waiting, but we knew there were a lot of scenarios here where we still make it through,” Birchard said.
The Americans missed the cut at 6-6.
Qualification games and semifinals were scheduled for Saturday and medal games were on tap Sunday.
Einarson won bronze at last year’s world playdowns in Prince George, B.C. Canada hasn’t won gold at this competition since 2018 when Jennifer Jones was victorious in North Bay, Ont.
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