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

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.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
445 comments
B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Hey guys, interesting game. I really like Leivo's game, nice to see him come through tonight. This guy has an NHL game and plays in the dirty ice. He is young but don't be surprised if he gets a spot.

Rielly and Percy both look good too. At times Percy looks a little safer, but I think if they can work it Rielly will see some games before going back.

MacWilliam has also left an impression.

I knew most these guys were going to impress, the biggest surprise for me was Percy.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Carlyle now saying the Rielly decision is not up to him.  "I get one vote". 

Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

A sight impaired person without a seeing eye dog could have made that FG!

JMaster
JMaster

Van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson

Colborne - Bolland - Raymond

Kulemin - Mcclement - Orr

Beat that starting line-up

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Reimer should be the starting goalie to begin the regular season. After his play last season, the position should be his to lose, and he hasn't played himself out of it. In fact, he has been much better than Bernier. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

Declin, you around? Where am I sending this 'Game in Ten'?

FloorHockeyFlopper
FloorHockeyFlopper

Haha  whoever said trade Liles before he screws up in the 3rd ...    good call

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Percy and Rielly looking real good.  I agree with the announcers that Colborne has not impressed at all this rookie season so wonder what the Leafs will do the next two days.  Going to be real interesting tomorrow.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Nothing to do now but wait for Cameron's post game assessment.  Wonder how he'll justify awarding Dion first star of the game?

Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

What a good way to finish the pre-season. Now bring on the regular season!

Jay31
Jay31

lol, Liles saying a few extra things to Reimer huh

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Has Franson played this peroid ?

DarthBurke
DarthBurke

@TheCanucksnaphook So many questions between now and the start of the season... the suspense is killing me... come on Nonis... hit a homer!!

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@-Keon- The NHL's "giveaway", "takeaway", "hit", and "blocked shot" stats are not very trustworthy. 

JMAC17
JMAC17

@-Keon- Maybe cause its a preseason game the stats arent as complete as regular season?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Colborne doesn't deserve to play on the 3rd line

JMAC17
JMAC17

@JMaster

Van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson

Kulemin - Bolland - Raymond

McLearn/Ashton - Mcclement - Orr

djamon
djamon

@JMaster Kulemin in Colborne's spot. Colborne hasn't earned it yet.

loomx
loomx

@DWCMLHS Thought Bernier played well anyway though. He was fighting the puck yesterday but the goals were hardly his fault. Reimer also faced an AHL roster tonight. But I agree, Reimer hasn't lost his job and should start on Tuesday and Saturday, Bernier plays Philly, and we go on from there. The real test starts now for both tenders.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@DWCMLHS Reimer has done better, but lets be fair, Bernier faced a much different set of shooters last nite than Reimer tonite.  Reimer wasn't really tested a lot.  Still, I agree, Reimer should retain the top spot going into the season

whalz
whalz

Masters reminds me of Doogie Howser

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Burtonboy Must be beat out after two straight games - the guy didn't have a real camp after all

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

No real standard across the league.

JMaster
JMaster

@djamon @JMaster He's got skill and you can't keep him in the minors forever. He looked real good in the playoffs last year, he had 2 points tonight, give him time with players like Raymond who can move the puck with him, and his size, McClement and Kulemin were real good together last year and can shut down easily as Bolland, Raymond and Colborne. I think he would fit

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@-Keon- You've caught Colborne derangement syndrome.  At least twice I saw him make a good pass that his linemate failed to pick up, bounced off a stick or skate and go to a Wing.  Not really turnovers