Maple Leafs Pregame #31: 5 Things to Watch for vs the Defending Champs

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs start a four-game road trip against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues.
The Leafs are now 4-3 under Sheldon Keefe and are surely looking to start banking some points in their pursuit of a playoff birth. It won’t be easy against a Blues team who has won four of their last five games and has had their way with the Leafs in the past.
Lineups

1) Pontus Aberg on the Top Line
After Andreas Johnsson got injured, it was a bit of a mystery as to who the Leafs would call up from the Marlies to replace him. Not only did Pontus Aberg end up getting the call, but it looks like he is going to skate alongside William Nylander and Auston Matthews.
Aberg has arguably been the Marlies’ best forward this season, with 24 points and 22 games. He’s been a dangerous threat in the offensive zone and is usually pushing play in the right direction for the Marlies using his creativity and skill.


 
In my opinion, putting Aberg on the top line represents Keefe putting him in a situation to succeed, as Aberg’ …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

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