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Ilya Samsonov’s excellence giving Maple Leafs teammates a confidence boost with Rangers on tap tonight

By no means thoughts Ilya Samsonov’s fairly help the opposite night time. 

It’s what Samsonov is paid to do — preserve the puck out of the Maple Leafs’ web — that continues to offer the membership with a sturdy spine.

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All indications had been that Samsonov can be again in aim on Wednesday night time when the Leafs play host to the New York Rangers at Scotiabank Enviornment, trying to enhance on his almost-perfect house file of 13-0-1.

“Sammy, when he’s feeling it, he’s studying the play so effectively, you may simply see it,” veteran Leafs defenceman Mark Giordano stated after the membership’s morning skate. “It’s not simply straight photographs, it’s deflections, suggestions, seeing performs. He’s there earlier than the puck will get there. After which his total sport. You noticed final sport, he reads the play so effectively he received an help due to it. 

“It’s like with any participant, goalies are the identical — you may see that confidence and able that’s that essential, after they have that confidence, the entire group feeds off it.”

Towards the New York Islanders on Monday, Samsonov’s stretch move to William Nylander resulted in a power-play aim by captain John Tavares. Samsonov completed the sport with 31 saves because the Leafs received for the third time in 4 video games.

The beginning on Wednesday can be Samsonov’s fourth in a row. Whether or not the Leafs flip to Matt Murray to begin towards his former group, the Ottawa Senators on Friday within the third sport of a five-game Toronto house stand, is to be decided.

Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe will keep on with the ahead change he made on Monday, one which sparked the Leafs to their 18th victory in 25 house video games. 

Mitch Marner will line up alongside Auston Matthews once more, whereas Nylander can be to the appropriate of Tavares. 

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“Matthews and Marner work rather well collectively and I all the time considered going again to that, but it surely (Marner with Tavares) was working effectively for us as a group, was going effectively for all of them as people, so there was no actual want to modify it,” Keefe stated. “Of late, issues haven’t gone as effectively for each teams.

“Once you make a change and each teams actually hit, it’s simply pure simply stick with it. The truth that for such a protracted time frame, it labored the opposite method, offers me confidence to flip it again if I have to. It’s nice that the gamers have embraced no matter we’ve requested them to do.”

The Rangers have received 4 of their previous six video games, together with a 6-2 trouncing of the Florida Panthers on Monday, and are anticipated to begin Igor Shesterkin in aim. 

Of their solely earlier assembly in 2022-23, the Rangers beat the Leafs 3-1 in New York on Dec. 15.

How do the Leafs get a greater outcome on Wednesday?

“Rating a couple of aim,” Keefe stated. “We performed a very good hockey sport once we had been down there. We did plenty of good issues in that sport, simply didn’t rating sufficient.”

The projected Leafs lineup for Wednesday night time:

FORWARDS

LW-C-RW

Michael Bunting-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner

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Calle Jarnkrok-John Tavares-Wiliam Nylander

Bobby McMann-David Kampf-Pierre Engvall

Alex Kerfoot-Pontus Holmberg-Joey Anderson

DEFENCE

Morgan Rielly-Justin Holl

Mark Giordano-Timothy Liljegren

Rasmus Sandin-Jordie Benn

GOAL

Ilya Samsonov

Matt Murray

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