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Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Flyers (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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Team Records: Leafs – 1-0-0 at Flyers – 0-0-0
2012-13 Season Series: 2-1 for the Leafs; 12-9 cumulative score.
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The potent Leafs offense would be wise to test Steve Mason early and often tonight.

The Flyers will have the rest advantage to go along with the added momentum that comes with playing in their home opener. The Leafs got off to a good road start last night, with three or four positive shifts to begin the game, before opening the scoring thanks to a few powerplay opportunities. They coughed up the lead and fell behind rather quickly later on in the first, but the good start is something to replicate.

Troy Bodie was a bright spot on the third line, while JvR, Raymond, Kadri and Kessel were all dangerous throughout the night.  Lupul was a little quiet, but we can’t expect that to last.

Let’s hope to see both Ranger and Gardiner, if both remain in the lineup tonight, start to settle down. Ranger was shaky at points, while Gardiner had a hand in two goals against. It could have been three if not for a nice save from Reimer five minutes into the proceedings. Early on in the first, Gardiner got turned around at his own blueline by Rene Borque. It was a nice chip play by Borque, but Gardiner got caught on the wrong side and Borque walked right in for a good look at the net.

On the first Hab goal, Bozak and Kessel’s slow reaction on the 4 on 4 – a few moments of puck watching – were in part to blame. Also contributing to the breakdown was Gardiner, who ended up standing beside Ranger and one Hab while Eller stood alone in front. Gardiner tried to make an aggressive play on Galchenyuk, tying up his stick as the young Hab was attempting a tip on the initial point shot, but he wound up taking himself out of the play.

On the Canadiens’ third goal late in the third, Gardiner bobbled the puck at the blueline – which isn’t a big deal on its own, it seemed to be a result of a bouncing puck off a bad or deflected pass – but the real problem was letting Eller skate by him unfettered.

James Mirtle wondered if Gardiner may even come out as soon as tonight in favour of Morgan Rielly:

Gardiner is a key part to this defence core’s success this season, but he could find himself back in Carlyle’s dog house all over again before long if he doesn’t tighten up his game. His ability to do what he does best while taking care of his defensive responsibilities was evident in the Bruins series, and the Leafs are relying on a big season from him. I’d give Gardiner the chance to settle in before yanking him for those reasons.

As for the Flyers, it could be the same old story as years past. Flyers fans are hoping a healthy Andrej Meszaros and the addition of Mark Streit stabilizes their defence, and that one of Ray Emery or Steve Mason can somehow escape the clutches of the Philly goaltending graveyard and emerge as a decent starter.

Up front, this is a deep and dangerous team the Leafs are facing:

Scott Hartnell – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn – Vincent Lecavalier – Wayne Simmonds
Max Talbot – Sean Couturier – Matt Read
Jay Rosehill – Adam Hall – Zac Rinaldo

The ability for the Flyers to roll three good, balanced lines will test the Leafs’ defensive mettle tonight.

It looks like Jay Rosehill will dress in the place of Scott Laughton to account for Colton Orr’s presence in the lineup. We could also see a middleweight bout(s) between Rinaldo and an Ashton, Fraser or Bodie.

Jonathan Bernier will make his regular season debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs in goal, looking to answer back after a pretty good performance from Reimer last night.

Projected Lineups (unofficial, will update closer to game time):

Maple Leafs Lines vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Philadelphia Flyers Lineups, Oct. 2nd, 2013
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
JvRBozakKessel
LupulKadriRaymond
BodieBollandKulemin
AshtonMcClementOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
Gardiner (Rielly?)Franson
FraserRanger (Rielly?)
Goalies
Bernier
Reimer

Philadelphia Flyers Lines vs. Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs vs The Philadelphia Flyers Lineups, Oct. 2nd, 2013
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
HartnellGirouxVoracek
SchennLecavalierSimmonds
TalbotCouturierRead
RosehillHallRinaldo
Left DefenseRight Defensem
TimonenSchenn
CobournStreit
GrossmanMeszaros
Goalies
Mason
Emery
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. Contact him at [email protected]
1491 comments
Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Are people seriously thinking Reimer will start on Saturday?

RC has said he will start the hot hand. Clearly bernier had the better performance out of the first two games. That's not a knock on Reimer, just the truth. Reimer played well but bernier stood on his head.

Bernier will start Saturday. Don't gimme this politics crap about last year

adeel
adeel

new thread my friends

Wilbur
Wilbur

1) Bernier was fantastic tonight!!! But Reimer starts on Sat.

2) Two nights in a row that Dion clearly blows a few plays but also comes up with beauty two game changing plays.

3) Franson may prove to be our best Dman by the trade deadline.

4) We are on are way to being a deep 4 line team.

TuckerWantsDougieForGM
TuckerWantsDougieForGM

With regards to kadri and Gardiner, RC is sheltering both.  These guys are still young and learning to hone their great skills.  We have other competent experienced NHL players who can step up and replace some of their minutes when the coach feels they are shaky.  Gotta realise kadri or Gards didn't get a head start this season too.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

sooooo you guys arent gonna beleive me but, the waitress at shoeless joes here in oakville told me a rather crazy story of matt Frattin, and had photos to prove it lol

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Idiots .... TSN don't have the cap space to call up Liles LMAO

Mattmark
Mattmark

Talk about winning ugly... who would have predicted the final score on the basis of the first two periods?  The only players who've looked big league so far are our goalies--and they've been enough for four points!

Our most consistent forward has been JVR... he's looked convincing every shift.  Bolland is starting to look pretty good in exchange for a second-rounder.


Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Vinny did nothing. May be early, but that was a poor showing.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Fraser left the rink on crutches. Twisted knee

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@wiski Don't need those numbers to tell me the Leafs were not world beaters tonight. But once again, the only number I care about is 3-1.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski Don't care. Saw both games and what happened throughout. Leafs 2-0-0 :)

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@adeel got to post the link when you do that. We're very lazy. ;)

moimoi
moimoi

@Mattmark Slightly underrating the team, I think. If Price didn't make some unbelievable stops that game could've been 7-3. Bernier played that role tonight.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Doesn't mean that bernier couldn't own the sens too though. That argument seems silly

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@DJBrianBurke @Dangle_My_Berries I was there tonight to watch the leafs game and the waitress hosting us, very talkative/nice 27 year old girl, said she hated the leafs. Out of curiosity, and to drum up conversation, I asked how could you possible hate the Leafs. She procceeds to tell me that she recently got married in August to a man whos sister was dating matt frattin. Her, now step sister and playboy bunny who I randomly met once (a different interconnected story that blew my mind), had Matt as her +1 at the wedding and he supposedly ruined it. He spent the night walking around to all the girls drunk out of his mind looking to hook up. He got in a fight with the grooms brother after they had enough of the way he was womanizing the other guests. The brother put him in a cab and starting wailing on his face with his fists as both sides of the family stood and watched in disgust. He didnt get her even a wedding card, the left his jacket that had his own name stitched on the inside and his smashed iphone........ The waitress told me that he absolutely ruined things and embaraced himself as well as both families. TMZ approached her after the incident and purchased the photos of frattin from the wedding. While i sat there she literally went to the car and brought back the physical pictures of frattin with his tong out trying to lick a girls face..... 

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

I came in with half of the second period gone. Didint see him do anything strong. Simmonds, Giroux and Schenn seemed to be the offense. Respect your opinion. Would be interested if you would tell me what I missed (seriously).

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Koenig: true, but new club, new season, Olympics coming up. Oh well, not a Leaf. :)

moimoi
moimoi

@Jay_Berg Ok coach. Cool your jets, you know no better than anyone else.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

she was absolutely disgusted with him and the way he treated her family at the wedding. She said it was a nice, well planned, event, procceded to show me other photos taken, and she said she was extremely upset afterwards. He and her step sister never apologized their actions and she still curses him to this day........my mind was blown lol 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

she told me that TMZ paid her 400.00 for the story but that have yet to air the thing on TV supposedly waiting for a good time to put it out there. I took a picture of the photos she presented me with my phone as proof. 

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Bitter, iPad spell check beat me again. Sorry god sir!

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Optimustic

@-Keon-

 @Burtonboy

The best course of treatment for an injury to the knee joint caused by a twisting force depends upon the exact nature of the damage sustained.

This can vary tremendously from a simple sprain to an internal ligamentous or cartilage tear.

In principle the initial treatment involves RICE;

  • Rest – rest for the first 24 to 48 hours to prevent any further injury.
  • Ice – cool the knee by using an ice pack or a packet of frozen peas.
  • Compression – which must be firm but not too tight and must not be allowed to affect the blood circulation.
  • Elevation – of the joint for several days in order to avoid dependent swelling.

Simple analgesia with paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen will help to relive pain and reduce swelling.

The symptoms of an external supporting or collateral ligament sprain would normally be expected to settle within four weeks of the injury.

Even following this length of time, it is possible to experience pain on weight bearing and twisting the knee.

Physiotherapy may be required and a further two or more weeks rehabilitation before the recommencement of sports training.

Any on-going swelling or giving way of the joint might indicate the need for further investigation to exclude a torn cartilage, possibly requiring surgical repair.