by Jackson Walsh
After putting up five goals “New York Style” on both the Rangers and Islanders in games full of offensive firepower, aggression, and even a controversial suspension, the Nashville Predators (32-12-7) will head North of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto (31-19-5, 67 pts) is sitting comfortably in the Eastern Conference playoff race, five points behind Boston in third place in the Atlantic division. They, like the Predators, are coming off a Monday night victory. Toronto defeated Anaheim at home 7-4.
Other than Jeoffrey Lupul, who is on the long-term injured reserve list, the Leafs may be without goaltender Frederik Anderson, who left Monday’s match with a head injury.
For the Predators, this will be the second game of Filip Forsberg’s suspension. How much will Filip be missed during this brief hiatus? And did Jimmy Vesey’s mouth ever heal? All questions that will be answered shortly. After the gold squad’s spirited comeback win Monday at Barclays Center, the odds of Fil’s suspension hurting the team appear low. Will it possibly be a motivator?
As of now, Nashville is second in the Central Division, just behind the Jets, who are also with 71 points at 32-13-9. These games are getting more and more important to win in order to continue the hope of winning a division title.