Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #3 – Maple Leafs at Senators (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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Based on the personnel on offer, preseason could become at least a little more interesting tonight.

Randy Carlyle will be icing a few line combinations of intrigue, including a potential “shut down line” combination of Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin. How Raymond fares on that unit will be a worthwhile talking point; this seems to be, based on the projected opening night lineup, the spot he is vying for. The line looks good on paper, with a nice balance of two-way acumen, speed, and some grit between Kulemin and Bolland. 

The other line of interest presents an opportunity for Joe Colborne to make an impression and prove he’s deserving of a lower roster spot to open the season. He will be playing between James van Riemsdyk and David Clarkson in what represents a potentially beastly cycle line. Playing alongside two other big bodies who are both effective down low, we’ll see if Colborne acquits himself well alongside two of the team’s top 6 forwards.

Nazem Kadri meanwhile will center Spencer Abbott and David Broll. Abbott must have done enough in camp and his firs preseason appearance for Leafs brass to reward him with another look, but it’s tough to foresee a spot he could even take. It’s likely the team is assessing a potential call-up option here. The undrafted Abbott, who was signed out of college, is a pretty skilled player so we’ll see if he can get anything done working alongside Kadri tonight. On the other flank is David Broll. With Frazer McLaren and his broken pinky cursing Carter Asthon from the press box, there is potentially a 4th line wing spot up for grabs come opening night. If he can prove he’s responsible out there and make smart decisions while bringing his physical edge, Broll has a shot. It doesn’t hurt his cause that his cap hit is below $600,000.

Rounding out the lines, Jay McClement will get his first taste of preseason action tonight playing in between Jamie Devane and Carter Ashton, who is looking to build on an impressive camp. As for Ashton’s prospects for making the team, whether or not Mason Raymond receives a contract beyond his PTO will impact his chances. If the Leafs end up giving Raymond a contract, Ashton would still have a shot at grabbing a 4th line wing spot (should McLaren be out) or the 13th forward slot; he’s in competition with Broll, but may be hindered by the million dollar hit he carries as a former 1st round draft pick on an entry level contract.

I’m, of course, assuming a cap crunch is imminent due to Franson re-signing sooner than later. That may be reaching at this stage.

Stuart Percy, arguably the team’s best defenceman in the rookie tournament, makes his preseason debut on the blueline, expected to play alongside the Captain. Can Percy put himself in the conversation alongside MacWilliam and Brennan for the 7th/8th spots in the depth chart?

Phaneuf and Gunnarsson will play their first competitive action of the season as well. As expected, Rielly will play his third consecutive preseason game as the brass thoroughly test the kid in the buildup to one of their most important preseason decisions: should he stay or should he go?

Between the pipes, Jonathan Bernier will reportedly play the first 40 minutes.

 

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines vs Ottawa Senators
Forwards
JVRColborneClarkson
RaymondBollandKulemin
BrollKadriAbbott
AshtonMcClementDevane
Defense
RiellyRanger
PercyPhaneuf
MarshallGunnarsson
Goalies
Bernier
Gibson

Here’s what we know of Ottawa’s lineup:

Michalek-Spezza-Ryan
Greening-Zibanejad-Neil
Prince-Pageau-Petersson
Kassian-Grant-Schneider

Here’s the full lineup card for the Sens. Sounds like Craig Anderson will start. Overall, there are quite a few regulars featuring on both sides. Should be a good one.

  • Biltmore

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, game tonight. Franson signed yet?

  • Dink

    Biltmore lol

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Wooga wooga!!

  • T_Ry

    Senators’ lineup has been posted as well: http://senators.nhl.com/v2/ext/PDFs/game_notes_Toronto.pdf
    Looks like they’re dressing pretty near their whole opening-night lineup.  I wonder if that’s because they just don’t have that much camp competition, or because they really, really want this game.

  • LyrkiJumme

    Lyrki is back from lurkin’.
    Amazed at the depth provided on preseason lines here. Lovely.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GO! time to send a message boys!

  • Ratzshite

    Senators are bunch of wankers, i hope the Brolldozer & Devilsbane have a field days slapping those wanker around for 3 periods.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/SkyKersteinhttps://twitter.com/SkyKerstein/status/380794867376353281
    Multiple sources are telling me that the big announcement at the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Caps&src=hash convention Saturday is DC getting an outdoor hockey game next season
    Is there anyplace Bettsy has left out yet?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Glad Reimer’s not in the nets tonight, he owns those bitches and no sense them getting a free look at him. Bernier needs a taste of the rivalry and to feel what it’s like to have two home arenas.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV4wt2w0mq0

  • Burtonboy

    Maple Leafs’ Troy Bodie out to prove he belongs with NHL team.
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/09/19/maple_leafs_troy_bodie_out_to_prove_he_belongs_with_nhl_team.html

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    T_Ry I think it’s because the Leafs are in their heads so much they feel they have to ice their best. No worries, it hasn’t worked that well in the past.

  • Ratzshite

    Burtonboy sound like Brodie owe’s Eakins a punch in the face

  • Doorman

    5-0 Leafs!!!  Raymond with a Hatty!!!  

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Bobsyouruncle

    T_Ry There may be an agreement to ice a better team at home for the fans. I’m kind of expecting to play against a good team in our 2nd last preseason game in Detroit while they play mostly AHL players in the return here Saturday night.

  • Burtonboy

    Leafs giving Joe Colborne, Carter Ashton every chance to impress
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/09/19/leafs_giving_joe_colborne_carter_ashton_every_chance_to_impress.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • wendelsway1

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy LOL…Me too…..can’t wait to see them in action tonight.  :)

  • wendelsway1

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Jmessih

    Anderson is suppose to get 40mins as well.
    Really to me so far I think Rielly should get sent down, just my opinion.

  • Marlies Man

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih I see no reason for not keeping him for the first two weeks of the season at least.

  • Jmessih

    Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih He has not impressed me that much, I would rather he started with his jr team (prob will be named captain) and just focuses on having a strong year for them and taking that league by storm, work on shutting guys down, we know the offence is there. Have a great world jrs (could be captain there too) and then either make the playoffs with Moose Jaw or play for the Marlies when MJ season is done. 
    Piertrangelo got sent down both years and he was just an offensive dman when drafter came back after starting at the world jrs and became a Norris candidate, that is what I would like to see from Rielly. My comparable to him was always Pertro no Letang.

  • peterbleafs

    Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook I really side with this logic too.  Let him develop more, he hasnt stood out to me that blatantly as yet.  I saw him at the rookie tourney and he was superior at several aspects of the game but did not dominate.

  • peterbleafs

    wendelsway1 TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy When did we get Colborne? Will be fun to watch him.

  • Cameron19

    Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook If only being a Norris candidate still meant something…

  • Marlies Man

    peterbleafs Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook But he should get as much of the pro taste as possible. It’s already a given he’ll dominate in the WHL, and even if he spends the first two weeks in the NHL, he’ll still get plenty of time in junior and at the World Juniors. Remember, Moose Jaw is horrible. The NHL experience would be invaluable. I’m not saying keep him for the full year.

  • Cameron19

    What a dumbass extension for RNH.

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook  They really cant keep Rielly while they have Gardiner and Liles on the roster.  They may keep him for the 9 games hoping a taker for Liles comes along and while waiting out Franson but chips have to fall the right way to keep him here.

  • peterbleafs

    Shift_Disturber1 As a minimum lol

  • Cameron19

    peterbleafs Cameron19 Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook Not arguing the Rielly point, just (a) don’t think Rielly has as much defense to work on as some people suggest, and (b) don’t think being nominated for a Norris means you’re a good defensive defender.

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 peterbleafs Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook He would not be out of place in the NHL that is assured.  If the Leafs were in a position to play him 16 minutes a game now given contracts etc. he would do just fine at the NHL level.  Im a thinking CArlyle is going to be a nasty prick this season as his expectations are going to be a lot higher.

  • Jmessih

    Cameron19 peterbleafs Jmessih Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook Players in the rookie tounry walked around him, I think there is D to work on. He should just focus on shutting down the top players in the dub b/c it does not get any easier in the NHL, if he wants to play nig minutes in the NHL he will need to be able to handle a Lucic or a Clarkson, etc.

  • jhockley

    any good links for the game tonight?

  • Jmessih

    Cameron19 I don’t think it is as bad as people say it is, he has unbelievable talent.

  • Jmessih

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih He can learn to cope with skilled forwards yes, and then next year be even more ready for that challenge.

  • Marlies Man

    TheCanucksnaphook Jmessih Yeah, his learning is pretty much over in that league … unless he could play against WHL all star teams every night. You get better by playing against better competition and learning. That said I too doubt he’s in the NHL this year.

  • Cameron19

    Shift_Disturber1 Cameron19 7 years, 6 million per.  The guy has 75 career points.

  • Cameron19

    Jmessih Cameron19 He’s a PP specialist with perpetual injury troubles….

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Cameron19 Shift_Disturber1 and 2 messed up shoulders

  • jhockley

    is the game also on NHL network tonight?

  • dave14keon

    Cameron19  hey buddy check your trade log in jvr hockey pool
    and yes  a dumbass extension for sure

  • dave14keon

    Jmessih Cameron19 talent  that’s spends as much time off the ice as on it

  • Cameron19

    Jmessih Cameron19 peterbleafs Marlies Man TheCanucksnaphook I find these singular extractions to be quite comical.  Do you ever watch NHL D with that microscope?  I mean, besides Phaneuf of course – everyone’s favorite bag of shit. EVERYONE gets beat, all the time.  Rielly getting walked around a couple times doesn’t mean he has no defensive proficiency and needs to keep playing junior until no one in that league can ever beat him.  Guys are always going to be able to beat him. That’s hockey. 

    Did we get scored on the two times he was walked around? No.

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook It would be when Ottawa dresses a full roster though.  Tough luck.

  • dave14keon

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook beat them in the alley now to soften them up for later

  • Doorman

    Shift_Disturber1 Cameron19 Thanks for the Notice:  Have fun Coaching Punch!!!  lol

  • dave14keon

    would love to see Broll  take on Neil tonight

  • dave14keon

    never to early to send a strong message

  • maple1967leafs

    pitts and columbus tonite on nhl network

  • Cameron19

    dave14keon Cameron19 Is that the ESPN one?

  • dave14keon

    Cameron19 dave14keon yes