Listen, Jack Campbell was not going to win every game he started this season. A loss was bound to happen sooner or later, and I don’t know about you, but Leafs losses just don’t faze me as much this season. They’re good, their record is good, they have what it takes to pull out wins even when they might not deserve it. Yes, last night’s game was not exactly a great example of what they can do, but I can’t be too mad at a stinker every 9 or 10 games.
Onward. The Leafs play again tonight against the Flames – and on Sunday evening they traded for former Flames goalie David Rittich (who has historically played very well against the Leafs) – it’s like a soap opera and I love it. Will he start tonight? If so, is that a good thing? Obviously having some extra goalie insurance is a plus, because with Frederik Andersen sidelined indefinitely the Leafs goalie options are Campbell, who is clearly not yet used to handling the starter’s workload, and Michael Hutchinson, who is Michael Hutchinson. It’ll be interesting to see what Rittich can do behind this Leafs team.
The Flames are coming off a shutout against the Oilers, which was probably a relief for them following a multi-game losing streak (including two losses to the Leafs.) Meanwhile, of course, the Leafs lost last night to the Habs, traveled, and are playing the second night of a back to back. Should be fun.
And of course there’s the question on everyone’s mind: will the Leafs ever score a power play goal again?
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Though unconfirmed, it appears that it will be @Jacob Markstrom versus David Rittich in net tonight, which is hilarious and fun no matter what! I wonder what that Flames plane ride was like…Anyways, Markstrom is coming off a strong showing where he shutout the Oilers, and Rittich will likely be playing his very first game as a Toronto Maple Leaf. This could really go so many ways, especially considering that Rittich has never even practiced with the Leafs. The Leafs of last season had a tendency to let their backups down, but the Leafs of this season have mostly come out strong when playing in front of goalies not named Freddie, so who’s to say what version we see? At the other end of the ice, can Markstrom make magic happen twice in a row? That shutout helped his save percentage get to .901, so he’s inconsistent at best. This one feels a bit like a circus, so buckle up!
Puck drop is at 7:30pm EST on Sportsnet.