Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #8 – Red Wings at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Just one more of these before it’s time for the real deal.

With a back to back wrapping up the preseason schedule leading into a back to back to start the season on Tuesday/Wednesday, the Leafs may opt for a rookie heavy lineup tonight in what Randy Carlyle has described as an opportunity to assess some call-up options.

The Leafs recalled the following players from the Marlies this morning (not clear how many will play):

 

Carlyle was also noticeably peeved at last night’s effort by his Leafs, who had pretty much their full lineup on display less Kessel. The Leafs puck chased all night, which might be a theme we can expect against the Red Wings this season, and Carlyle seemed to be pretty upset with the effort level and lack of physical play on the part of the Leafs.

Carlyle also took an opportunity to call out defenceman Jake Gardiner, in what may be a continuing theme again this season. Something Carlyle sees in Gardiner’s play, whether it be taking too many chances or playing lackadaisically in his own end or both, still seems to be getting under his skin.

Another takeaway from Carlyle’s last couple of interviews has been the possibility of running with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen to start the season, presumably as a way to accommodate a nine-game audition from Rielly despite the Clarkson suspension and the cap crunch.

We know James Reimer will start, and the Leafs will have to ice a few more regulars to hit their NHL quota. Clarkson will likely take his final opportunity to play before serving his 10 game suspension, while Bolland, Orr and Franson could probably use another tune up. Kadri is also expected to play.

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  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Go Reims!!

  • wiski

    I would be pissed if I paid 500 clams for a seat tonight. lol

  • 2minutes

    wiski Who the hell would pay 500 for preseason?  There’s no way that’s even possible.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    There’s still time for my cat Booger to earn a spot on the 4th line.
    http://imgur.com/rkemACd

  • 4evrblue

    Im tired of preseason. Bring on the regular season!!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I hope MacW gets into tonight’s game.  Would love to see him again.

  • Leafbites

    Leafs will have to physically impose their will on the Wings this season and muck it up with their smaller, skilled guys. We all know Detroit are more then happy to keep the game out of the trenches. And with this opposition, there has to be a game plan on how they’ll to go about protecting the crease and how they’ll go about getting traffic in the Wings’ crease.

  • mcloki

    I just hope there’s more hitting tonight. But I have a feeling that the guys know this is just a preseason match and don’t want to get hurt before the regular season.

  • mcloki

    Leafbites I think most of the opponents in the East are going to try and roughhouse Detroit out of the rink. It might be their only tactic.

  • 2minutes

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Nah, he’s a pussy.

  • wiski

    2minutes wiski Whens the last time you checked the price of a box platinum seat. lol

  • Knights2Leafs

    mcloki 
    The callups will have no trouble ratcheting up the physical play. This is no preseason game to them.

  • Knights2Leafs

    mcloki 
    should be callups and bubble boys.

  • Kouba

    Ha, f* you, Santa. Three more chocolates from Advent Calendar and it is Game 1.

  • Leafbites

    mcloki Leafbites Yep. Just have to be intelligent with it, you’ll never suck them in. A good fore-checking team can expose these guys.

  • Knights2Leafs

    If the Leafs go 11 forwards, is it?:
    JVR  –  Bozak  –  Kessel
    Lups  –  NKss –  Raymond
    McClement  –  Bolland  –  Kulie
    Rielly  –  Colborne  –  Orr
    I kind of like Colton riding shotgun with Morgan.
    The only problem is that means Brennan has to clear waivers ( and Holzer who will be an Oiler soon anyways).

  • dlb eh

    Knights2Leafs mcloki 
    what was Ashton and Broll’s excuse last night?

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/mORRganRiellyhttps://twitter.com/mORRganRielly/status/384068042667212800
    Judging from the roster for tonight, this is a final test for a few players. Bodie, Smith, Broll, Devane, Ashton, Colborne, Rielly, Holzer.

  • Knights2Leafs

    dlb eh
    Broll was meh but I thought Ashton played pretty well.  Hard to be a one man band on the physical side.

  • dlb eh

    Loric76 
    i hope half of them aren’t playing tonight.
    seen enough of Broll (like him, but not going to make it)
    Ashton lost the job last night.  i was looking for a reason to use his waiver exepmtion so it’s tough love there.

  • Knights2Leafs

    To Kadri:
    “What are you trying to accomplish in your last preseason game?”
    Duh – keep my head up and avoid injury.  Oh, and I’m really trying to impress Ronnie Wilson that I’m not a winger anymore.

  • dlb eh

    Knights2Leafs dlb eh 
    i just don’t like the idea of using Ashton on a 4th line.  Colbourne or Smith can do just as well in that roll…Ashton’s the one who can be sent down easily and i want hm there to become a 2nd-3rd NHLer.
    also, i didn’t think Ashton played with much determination last night.  re-watched this morning again, felt the same.  not enough to force my hand.

  • dlb eh

    Knights2Leafs dlb eh 
    Broll still looks like a good prospect…he’s just in over his head right now.  needs a role on the Marlies to figure out what he really is.  but he was peripheral last night, i agree.  meh.  lol

  • dlb eh

    Knights2Leafs 
    brilliant.  was that Phook in the scrum?

  • wiski

    dlb eh Knights2Leafs Phook is out hacking up a golf coarse somewhere

  • dlb eh

    Gunnar: keep your head up if you play tonight.  last night there were two times i clenched up fearing the worst…thankfully you didn’t lose your head.  i admire your balls but come on, stop it already!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Aportzlinehttps://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/384070975353942016
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash final rosters must be set at 5 p.m. Monday. Thus, waiver-eligible players must be on waivers by noon Sunday to clear in time.

  • Knights2Leafs

    dlb eh
    Phook is on temporary leave of absence as he’s trying to sharpen up his golf game. MLHS is saving him for the regular season.

  • dlb eh

    want to see Holzer, Brennan, Smith and Colbourne.  one needs to get hurt or play terribly so no one will claim them when they’re sent down.
    the other 3 need to play awesome to make the decision of the coach easy to match with the GM’s preferences.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Burtonboy 
    Hope Nonis has his alarm clock set.

  • wiski

    Knights2Leafs Burtonboy Many players hitting the wire today, tomorrow is gonna be nuts.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/TSN1050Radiohttps://twitter.com/TSN1050Radio/status/384071520001073152
    It’s dinner time in the ACC press box. http://t.co/TmX1g2CIgz

  • peterbleafs

    Burtonboy that stuff is gross

  • Loric76

    wiski Eakins is spinning in his igloo

  • peterbleafs

    Knights2Leafs dlb eh I would not like to see Broll on the NHL team this year.  Those sorts of guys need a year or two in the AHL as they are going up against the likes of Lucic in the NHL.  Need to mature physically.  AShton appears to be ready finally.

  • StanSmith

    The “something that Carlyle sees in his play” Is just that he plain and simply hasn’t played well.  Turnovers, overhandling the puck and a complete lack of physical play in his own end could lead to him sitting some more this year like he did last.  He should sit and watch tapes of his play in last years playoffs to see how he needs to play.

  • MaxwellHowe

    StanSmith Don’t ever remember exhibition games being the source of so much hand wringing

  • djamon

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan “Ok…you’re Kessel and I`m Scott. ” ACTION!
    “I’m gonna jump you Phil…”
    And scene…

  • djamon

    wiski I think it’s Simmons’ table.

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe StanSmith Only in Toronto.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/JSportsnethttps://twitter.com/JSportsnet/status/384074375160295424
    Can confirm https://twitter.com/DamoSpin report. Paul Bissonette automatic suspension will be reduced to 3 games. No quality video & conflicting game report

  • dlb eh

    peterbleafs Knights2Leafs dlb eh 
    finally?  he’s still a kid lol

  • Bobsyouruncle

    After reading some comments from yesterday and this morning I’m wondering, did I miss the announcement of a  “Best Impression Of A Crackhead” contest here at MLHS?   
    “Dion Phaneuf 3-4years at $5M.”  LMFAO    
    WINNER!! WINNER!!! WIENER!!!!

  • Biltmore

    I was at last night’s game in Detroit, a couple summary of trite thoughts:
    — I got two tickets from scalpers that were two rows behind the Leafs bench…. $80 for the pair… ooh baby. All I could think was “These are forgeries, these are forgeries…” They weren’t. 
    — My wife kept asking “Can we get hit by a puck here?” “No” I said, “unless something floats over the glass in an arc.” Middle of the second period a puck floats over the glass and clips a woman right beside my wife. That was the woman’s first hockey game, and she left early. 
    — On one play Gardiner picked up the puck behind our net, skated a few strides then COASTED with the puck from the face off dot to centre ice, never slowing down the entire way. He has Paul Coffey DNA in there somewhere, and I believe a jealous rage is why Carlyle has it in for him. Goodness knows I suffer the same affliction.  
    — Mason Raymond looks like he’s 17 years old in person. 
    — At the end of the national anthem, Bolland he was staring at me like I owed him money. I hoped he was just dreaming of hurting Alfredsson.  
    — Despite his advanced years, Alfredsson looks as slick and dangerous as he ever did. If I were a dispassionate GM, the $5m going to Alfie looked like a better buy than the money going to Clarkson. One game analysis, bear in mind.

  • Cameron19

    Bobsyouruncle Oh my God, did someone seriously type that?

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 Bobsyouruncle I ain’t saying who lol

  • dlb eh

    i think Kessel might sign for cheaper than we think.  he likes Toronto and his pals are here.  he’s the main guy but has a supporting cast.  and there’s lots of opportunity to make money from advertising, like Booster Juice, or Cheetah juice.
    i expect Nonis locks him up for that long term good CAp hit, say 8 years, 5.5 per year.  that wil make him the highest paid player on the team.  perfect fit.

  • Black_Hawk

    Biltmore man that was a sick deal for the tickets

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/carl_gunhttps://twitter.com/carl_gun/status/384072546884530176
    New D-pair on the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash? https://twitter.com/search?q=%23swedes&src=hash http://t.co/O1LH0AqJ5u

  • Black_Hawk

    Burtonboy too bad we couldnt be that lucky