The NHL Evening Skate for Dec. 6

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Heading into this evening’s action, here are the day’s top NHL storylines:

Leafs’ Nylander to make season debut on a line with Matthews and Marleau
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William Nylander, who ended his contract impasse by signing a six-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs over the weekend, will make his season debut on a line with center Auston Matthews and fellow winger Patrick Marleau. John Tavares is set to take up his usual spot between Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman to give Toronto a potent top-6 forward group. [More] 

Wilson out with concussion from Reaves hit

Ryan Reaves didn’t receive a suspension for his hit on Tom Wilson, but Wilson is sidelined with a concussion nonetheless. However you feel about the Washington Capitals forward and his history of hits, it’s painful to watch the result of Reaves’ hard check. [More]

Lamp-lighters

Drouin probably didn’t purposely roast the Senators, but still

It happens: brains go to mush for those responsible for stringing words together on occasion. Rarely, though, do routine mental lapses result in a flawless troll job like it did for Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin. After Montreal’s 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Drouin spoke to a media member about the Habs’ upcoming second leg of their back-to-back — and wound up hitting his rivals where it hurt. [Check this out

NHL Mailbag: Will GMs be any wiser with Seattle expansion?

Rhys asks: “Seattle’s expansion draft will happen a full four years after Vegas’. What lessons will GMs have learned (or learned and forgotten) from the last draft?”

Hopefully, for their sake and not Seattle’s, they’ve learned not to give up high-end talent just because it’s a little more expensive than they’d like. I know everyone was roasting Columbus, which needed to get rid of the David Clarkson deal, for giving up Bill Karlsson, but he went from a half-dozen goals as a career high to 40-plus. Tough to see that coming[Full Mailbag

Here’s why Vegas Golden Knights should make the playoffs

Through 29 games in 2018-19, the Golden Knights have played 17 games on the road, and only 12 at home. That disparity will become more stark in the next couple weeks, as five of their next seven games will be on the road. Having a war chest of home games would be noteworthy for most teams in the modern NHL, where the difference between winning and losing can sometimes be agonizingly small. It’s even more important for the Golden Knights because they’re still deadly in Vegas, baby. [How deadly?]

Game of the night

Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander said he is ready to make his season debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. The right winger had been a holdout as a restricted free agent season before re-signing with the Maple Leafs on a six-year deal. The Maple Leafs did not have a regular practice Wednesday after defeating the Sabres 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night in Buffalo. It was the fifth win in a row for the Maple Leafs (20-8-0), who will be meeting a battered Red Wings team that lost 6-5 in a shootout Tuesday night at home to the Tampa Bay Lightning[Full preview] [Follow on Yahoo Sports]

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