Look for the Toronto Maple Leafs to have an extraordinary game with team defense, timely goals and mastery saves by Jack “Soup” Campbell. The Leafs will be looking to break the streak held by Tampa Bay Lightning in the the postseason going 15 – 0 after a postseason loss.
The Maple Leafs will start Alexander Kerfoot on the top line to the left of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Michael Bunting will play on the fourth line with Colin Blackwell and Jason Spezza.
Maple Leafs projected lineup
Alexander Kerfoot — Auston Matthews — Mitch Marner
William Nylander — John Tavares — Ondrej Kase
Ilya Mikheyev — David Kampf — Pierre Engvall
Michael Bunting — Colin Blackwell — Jason Spezza
Morgan Rielly — Ilya Lyubushkin
Mark Giordano — Justin Holl
Jake Muzzin — TJ Brodie
Scratched: Wayne Simmonds, Timothy Liljegren, Nicholas Abruzzese, Kyle Clifford, Joey Anderson
Injured: Rasmus Sandin (knee), Petr Mrazek (groin)
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat — Steven Stamkos — Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Brayden Point
Brandon Hagel — Ross Colton — Nicholas Paul
Pat Maroon — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Corey Perry
Victor Hedman — Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh — Zach Bogosian
Mikhail Sergachev — Cal Foote
Scratched: Riley Nash, Jan Rutta
The master communicator Coach Cooper said:
“Just a ton of faith in the veteran group here so I expect a bounce-back”
“I can’t sit here and guarantee what’s going to happen but we’ll bounce back.”
“There’s always a misnomer out there that it’s the amount of goals you score … It’s the amount you prevent and that’s where we have to be better.”
Well Coach you should be concerned, your 3rd and 4th lines are slower and less skilled than the Toronto Maple Leafs. Intimidation by those lines were addressed in the first game!
The Maple Leafs are poised for a another big game by their defense. The Leafs scoring depth will continue their mastery against the Lightnings’ slower and less skilled 3rd and 4th lines.
I think coach Cooper should be worried. Tampa Bay Lightnings’ veterans have been sluggish and slower than those of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I predict the Toronto Maple Leafs will defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 4 by a score of 3 – 1.
Stay tune for a tight match-up between the Leafs and Lightning.
This is E. Sentry Sorgini reporting for GTA Weekly News. Enjoy the game!