It doesn't matter to the skaters on the Toronto Maple Leafs who's in net — be it Curtis McElhinney, Frederik Andersen or Garret Sparks — because there's too much on the line. But it will be McElhinney between the pipes, with Sparks as the backup, as the Maple Leafs take on the Florida Panthers
Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid are the cornerstones of the rebuilds in Toronto and Edmonton. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers have a lot in common. Since the 2005 lockout, Toronto has appeared in the playoffs just once, falling to Boston in the first round of 2013.
The duelling losses — of Andersen and the game, Toronto's18th defeat in their past 21 trips here — put a damper on what should have been a more joyous occasion. Auston Matthews, drafted here No. 1 overall back in June, scored his 34th goal of the season — a marker that tied the franchise rookie record