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There has been a lot of talk about the Leafs bottom line since the Lindholm trade. Trevor Moore seemingly has a good reputation already among the coaching staff and has seven points to his name in 12 NHL games this year, while Tyler Ennis potted three amid a positive night for his line on Monday after sitting out the prior game as a healthy scratch.
They’ll now add to that line’s skill level tonight as Nic Petan replaces Frederik Gauthier at center. The 23-year-old Gauthier has played 94 games in the NHL now over four different seasons, including 57 this year. I wouldn’t say we’re getting into last chance territory yet, but he has a solid body of work now at the professional level and hasn’t posted good enough results for the team not to explore other options. He’s never finished with a positive RelTM Corsi or expected goals offensively and has had mixed results defensively. This year, in fairness, he’s been solid in his own end and has allowed 2.3 fewer shot attempts per hour relative to his teammates; he can be a good complement to skilled players as someone who can win puck battles, stay above his man, and support down low in the defensive zone, but Petan’s skill level and scoring rates in the AHL have earned him a look in what has been Gauthier’s role for most of the year so far.
The only other change for the Leafs is Justin Holl drawing in once against for Igor Ozhiganov. Holl’s last game was the Leafs 6-1 loss in Tavares’ return to Long Island, and it’s good to see the organization is approaching this as a more active rotation than earlier in the season given the blue line’s need for more puck-moving ability with Travis Dermott and Jake Gardiner on the shelf.
The Canucks are 2-6-2 in their last ten and currently sit sixth in a Pacific Division that has five of the NHL’s poorest teams below its top three of Calgary, San Jose, and Vegas. 2018-19 will nevertheless be looked at as a relative success for Vancouver compared to some of the bleak years they’ve had recently. There’s still some pain to be had before they’ll have a team that could compete for a playoff spot (they rank between 22-25th in most major metrics this year), but the play of Pettersson, Boeser, and Horvat have given Canucks fans hope that there are better days ahead.
Tonight’s starting goaltender for the Canucks, Jacob Markstrom has been with the Canucks four years now, two years as their starter. He hovered around league average numbers until this year, when he’s taken a step up with the team more competitive on a regular basis. He ranks seventh among regular NHL goaltenders in goals saved above expected this year. It’ll be him vs. Andersen tonight, who’s so far continuing the best year of his career into the month of March. Andersen now ranks second in goals saved above expected and has won his last five consecutive starts.