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GAME NIGHT

Columbus Blue Jackets 13-10-0

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at Toronto Maple Leafs 17-7-2

Tonight 7 p.m., Air Canada Centre

TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590

WHY WATCH

What will the Leafs roster look like?

Injuries and suspensions will leave observers – and maybe the Leafs themselves – in the dark until game time. But as long as Jack Campbell is in net, the home team will feel pretty good about getting back in the win column after weekend losses. Set for his 20th game this season, Campbell has won 13 and still leads all regular NHL goalies with a .942 save percentage.

These teams look a lot different than their last meeting in the 2019 playoffs, Brad Larsen replacing the kinetic John Tortorella behind the bench  and tasked with leading a rebuilt core to eventual success.

Auston Matthews seeks to extend his scoring streak to seven games, with Babe Dye holding the franchise record of 11.

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POINTS LEADERS

Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares 25 11 15 26 +5

Auston Matthews 23 15 10 25 +4

William Nylander 26 10 14 24 +4

Columbus Blue Jackets

Oliver Bjorkstrand 23 6 13 19 -10

Jakub Voracek 23 1 18 19 -4

Zach Werenski   23 5 11 16 -5

Three things about the Blue Jackets

1. They’re coming off a 6-4 win against San Jose that broke a season-worst four-game losing streak. That victory was sparked in part by defenceman Adam Boqvist’s two-goal night, the second time he’s done that this season.

2. Forward Alexandre Texier has 10 points in his last four games after a slow start. Born and trained partly in France, he’s a second rounder from the 2017 draft. The Jackets need his offence with Patrik Laine, second to Matthews in the 2016 draft, out the past month with an oblique muscle injury.

3. As the Leafs have been noted for recent comebacks, Columbus is the conference’s second-best team producing third-period goals with 31 as well as net three in overtime.

Special teams

Power play

Toronto 25.7% (5th)

Columbus 20.0% (15th)

Penalty killing

Toronto 82.4% (15th)

Columbus 84.1% (8th)

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