Another member of the Maple Leafs who's a former teammate of Tkachuk's with the London Knights and is thus familiar with his game is winger Mitch Marner.
In truth, it looked like they already had one foot out the door.
In anticipation of the two facing off on Thursday night, the Leafs centerman shared his knowledge of the opponent. The club's main goal prospect, Igor Shesterkin, seems prepared to take over when Lundqvist moves away, leaving Georgiev as a unusual man for at least another year, too long to juggle three goalkeepers on an National Hockey League list.
Once the Leafs return from the break on January 27 in Nashville to start a two-game trip, they're going to try to put behind them the first true skid in the Sheldon Keefe era.
Corey Crawford made the goaltending start in the Blackhawks' last outing, so Robin Lehner, who has a 14-7-4 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and.923 save percentage, may be in line for his first start since Tuesday. "I think it's not a time to point fingers or anything like that".
The three-time Stanley Cup champion is just two points away from reaching 1,000 - a breakthrough moment that could take place in the said game.
"We've found ways to make things interesting in a lot of games where we get leads early", Toews said. "I think it's pretty clear the opportunities that we're giving up", Tavares said.
Toronto is 13-5 in its last 18 home games as a home favourite of -200 to -250 at online betting sites, but has lost the three most recent games in that sample.
As such, the Leafs will scatter for warmer climates with just one win in their past six games, going 1-3-2. "I stay out of that", said Rinaldo.
Following the Leafs' 6-2 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, which came less than a week after an ugly 8-4 defeat versus the Florida Panthers, Keefe called out his team for being "immature". "(When) we're not performing (and) we're not playing with any level of discipline or consistency, that's what happens". "Sometimes you don't get it".
Toews seems to have Andersen's number.
The spurt, however, was short-lived as the Blackhawks, who have two more games before getting 10 days off, made it 3-0 at 11:02. It was the eighth time in his last 11 starts that Andersen has been sub-.900, and while Keefe didn't pull him for what would have been the third time in four games, the goaltender is well aware there's work to be done individually and as a team.
Nylander got one back 25 seconds into the middle period with his 22nd on a power play, but Toews fought off Martin Marincin on a wraparound to make it 4-1 just 2:54 later.