Game Preview: Leafs host Ottawa, in the first meeting of the Battle of Ontario

Mark Freitas
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Another chapter in the Battle of Ontario will begin tonight as the Ottawa Senators (4-6-0) play against the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-4-2).

The Leafs are coming off a 6-5 overtime win Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Auston Matthews will look to continue his dominant season. The star forward for Toronto has 13 goals in 12 games this season. 

Matthew Knies will remain on the first line with Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. Knies had three points in the game on Monday, with one goal and two assists.

William Nylander will also be looking to keep his point streak going to 13 games. He has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. 

Ottawa comes into the game on a two-game losing streak. The Senators last played Saturday, where they were booed off the ice by their fans following a 6-4 loss to Tampa.

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe says there will be no lineup changes.

Joseph Woll will start in net following an impressive outing on Monday night when he came in relief for Ilya Samsonov. 

Joonas Korpisalo is the expected starter in net for Ottawa.

The puck drop will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sportsnet. 

Photo Credits: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press