Winning Formula: Sens vs. Leafs

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Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:01 PM ET

Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-1) at Ottawa Senators (5-5-0)

 

Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Scotiabank Place

TV: Sportsnet East. Radio: Team 1200, CKOI 104.7

OTT: PP 29.4%, No. 2. PK 72.3%, No. 29

TOR: PP 14%, No. 21. PK 76.9%, No. 25

LAST FIVE

SENATORS

OTT @ NYR 

OTT 4, FLA 3

OTT 3, CAR 2 (SO)

OTT 4, CBJ 3

OTT 4, WIN 1

MAPLE LEAFS

PIT @ TOR

TOR 4, NYR 2

PHI 4, TOR 2

TOR 5, MTL 4

BOS 6, TOR 2

MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

  • Joffrey Lupul-Tim Connolly-Phil Kessel
  • Clarke MacArthur-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
  • Matthew Lombardi-Tyler Bozak-Matt Frattin
  • Phillippe Dupuis-David Steckel-Mike Brown

Defence

  • Carl Gunnarson-Dion Phaneuf
  • Jake Gardiner-Luke Schenn
  • JM Liles-Mike Komisarek

Goalies

  • Jonas Gustavsson
  • Ben Scrivens

SENATORS

Forwards

  • Colin Greening-Jason Spezza-Milan Michalek
  • Nick Foligno-Stephane Da Costa-Daniel Alfredsson
  • Erik Condra-Zack Smith-Chris Neil
  • Jesse Winchester-Zenon Konopka-Kaspars Daugavins

Defence

  • David Rundblad-Chris Phillips
  • Sergei Gonchar-Jared Cowen
  • Filip Kuba-Erik Karlsson

Goalies

  • Craig Anderson
  • Robin Lehner

SIZING UP THE SIDES

Forwards: OTT

The Senators get the edge with no Connolly for TO

Defence: TOR

Leafs blue line is improved if Komisarek hardly plays

Goalies: OTT

Anderson has had good success vs. the Leafs

Power play: OTT

The Senators have scored some big goals here

Penalty killing: EVEN

The Leafs and Senators are both trying to climb

Coaching: TOR

The heat is on Wilson, he has to get to perform

Overall: Even

Senators don’t exactly get home-ice advantage

PLUS

  • The Senators are going to find out exactly where they stand during this stretch of games. After hosting the Leafs, they travel to Boston to face the Bruins Tuesday ... There were concerns about D David Rundblad during training camp, but he has stepped up to be one of the club’s best blueliners in the last two weeks ... Expect to see G Craig Anderson make the start against the Leafs. There is no sense in taking him out at this time, especially against a division rival.

MINUS

  • The much-improved Leafs scored a 6-5 victory over the Senators on Oct. 8 in the second game of the season at the Air Canada Centre. Ottawa allowed two power play goals in that game ... The Leafs have C Tim Connolly, the club’s big free-agent signing in the off-season, back from a shouder injury. He wasn’t there to start the year. He played 12:32 in his first game vs. New York and recorded no shots ... LW Clarke MacArthur scored his first of the season vs. the Rangers.

INJURIES

  • LEAFS: RW Colby Armstrong (ankle); G James Reimer (head).
  • SENS: D Matt Carkner (knee); C Peter Regin (shoulder).

ONLINE EXTRA

  • NO REIMER: G James Reimer is doubtful for Sunday against the Senators for the “whiplash” the Leafs won’t call a concussion. If he’s brought off IR, he’ll back up and Ben Scrivens will be returned to the Marlies. The only other possible change for Sunday could be Jay Rosehill and Orr to counter Chris Neil, Zenon Konopka and Zack Smith.
  • THIS' N’ THAT: The Leafs went into Saturday night’s game vs. the Penguins with six victories. It’s the first time since Oct., 2007, the Leafs have recorded six wins in October. The club has not won seven in the first month of the season since the lockout ended ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phil Kessel’s seven goals in Toronto’s first-five games of the season was the most by a Maple Leaf since Sweeney Schriner scored eight goals in the Leafs’ first-five games in 1944-45.
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