Less than 24 hours after securing a 2-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs will take to the ice again tonight for Game 4 of the series. A loss sends the Leafs back home with the series tied once again, but a win will pull the series victory to within striking distance and set up a date in the second round with the Winnipeg Jets.
Sheldon Keefe has a media availability at 5 p.m. so we won’t know until then if there will be any lineup changes (such as the return of Nick Foligno after his sudden absence last night) or who the starting goaltender will be. At this moment however, all signs point towards Jack Campbell playing.
Per Arpon Basu of The Athletic, the Canadiens have several game-time decisions to make, including Artturi Lehkonen. Head coach Dominique Ducharme wouldn’t reveal anything further than that. One thing that he did confirm however, was this:
“Yeah.” – Dominique Ducharme when asked if Carey Price is playing tomorrow night.
— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 25, 2021
With that, let’s get to the expected lineups:
Toronto Maple Leafs
*Note that Eric Staal is listed as a game-time decision.
Maple Leafs: Jack Campbell
This is pure speculation at this point, as mentioned above, Keefe’s pre-game media availability is not for another couple of hours. Campbell has been exceptional thus far, limiting the Canadiens to 4 goals throughout the first three games of the series. With Price confirmed to be starting, it’s no long stretch of the imagination to believe that Keefe will do the same with his starting goaltender, rather than bring in a cold Frederik Andersen.
Canadiens: Carey Price
As confirmed above by Habs media, Price gets the nod for Game 4 and as has been the case for every game this far this series, it’s impossible to predict which Price will show up to play: the vintage, perennial Vezina nominee or the much more human Price that has been seen throughout the last four years. We certainly hope it’s the latter, but as always, it’s a wait-and-see situation.
Catch all the action on Sportsnet and CBC starting at 7:30pm EST!