Here's what the Leafs lines look like for opening night

Oct 13 2021, 4:00 pm

The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to debut some new lines ahead of tonight’s season opener.

The Leafs start things off against an opponent they probably know a little too well; the Montreal Canadiens. In the first round last season, the Canadiens knocked them out of the playoffs.

Injuries to Auston Matthews (who should be back soon enough as he recovers from wrist surgery) and Ilya Mikheyev (who’s out long-term following a thumb surgery) have made head coach Sheldon Keefe’s job just a little bit tougher.

Here’s how the Leafs look to line up tonight in game 1/82 (via David Alter), with game time set for 7 pm at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena:

Leafs forward lines

Nick Ritchie — John Tavares — Mitch Marner

Michael Bunting — Alex Kerfoot — William Nylander

Pierre Engvall — David Kampf —  Ondrej Kase

Michael Amadio —  Jason Spezza — Wayne Simmonds

Extra: Pierre Engvall

Marner got a little banged up in practice yesterday, exiting the skate earlier. Keefe said Wednesday morning Marner was a game-time decision, though he did join the Leafs for today’s optional skate.

Leafs defence pairings

Morgan Rielly —  TJ Brodie

Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin — Travis Dermott

Extra: Timothy Liljegren

Outside of the loss of Zach Bogosian, the Leafs’ defensive units are remarkably unchanged from last season.

Leafs goalies

Jack Campbell

Petr Mrazek

Jack Campbell gets the start on Wednesday night, which presumably means that Petr Mrazek will make his Leafs debut in Ottawa tomorrow.

For a proper pronunciation of their player’s names, the Leafs even put out this helpful video earlier today:

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