Team Records: Leafs – 2-0-0 vs. Senators – 1-0-0
2012-13 Season Series: 4-1 Leafs
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Morgan Rielly makes his regular season debut in the Leafs home opener, while James Reimer looks to continue his dominance over the Leafs’ provincial rival in the first edition of the 2013-14 of the Battle of Ontario season series.
The Leafs went 4-1 against the Senators in the 2012-13 season series. Anderson, who was out of worldly for the Sens last season, was pretty easily solved by the Leafs in their two encounters, posting a .880 save percentage in two losses.
With a healthy Karlsson, Spezza and Michalek, and the new additions of Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur, the Senators may present more of a challenge this season.
Morgan Rielly debuts
Jay Rosehill has claimed another Leaf victim, as Mark Fraser has been placed on the long-term injury reserve with a knee injury after sustaining a late hit from Rosehill on Wednesday. Fraser is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Toronto may miss the element Fraser brings to the back end. While his lack of foot speed gets him into trouble at times, he is a big asset on the penalty kill, clears the net better than any other Leaf defender, is positionally sound, and usually makes a safe first pass.
Rielly obviously won’t be replacing the black and blue defence role Fraser filled for this team. Instead, he’ll add even more mobility and puck-moving ability to the blue line. It doesn’t appear to be the sturdiest group in its own end – this defence’s best defence may be its offence and ability to move the puck effectively.
Carlyle’s message for Rielly in yesterday’s media scrum: “just go out and play your game.”
In an interview earlier this week, Jim Hughes really talked up Rielly’s training camp and preseason performances with and without the puck:
He’s been very consistent. His game doesn’t really change night to night. It’s sound, it’s steady, it’s consistent. He plays a sharp game that is detailed, both when he has the puck and when he doesn’t have the puck. He defends the rush very well, he doesn’t get beat out of the corners in the defensive zone; his game is compact. He’s a smart kid, so he kind of gets it.
Rielly is expected to play with Cody Franson. It will be interesting to monitor how Randy manages his minutes, which will likely depend on how he looks early.
MacArthur returns to Toronto
Clarke MacArthur will take part in the first meaningful battle of Battle of Ontario since changing sides.
MacArthur spoke out against Carlyle’s coaching style in the media today, complaining that Carlyle harped on him with negatives too often and it wore on him. Returning to Toronto was never a consideration.
“Some guys are good with the criticism and some guys don’t want to hear it every single shift you come off the ice,” MacArthur said. “You’re old enough to know (you) made a mistake. You don’t need to hear it every five seconds.
“It weighs differently on different people and, for me, it was some long days.”
Where a player’s coach Dallas Eakins might approach each player differently – he often says his job as a coach is to figure out what makes each player tick, whether it be a kick in the ass or an encouraging word – Carlyle is a hardened veteran bench boss known for his love-it-or-lump it approach.
What works for some might not for others.
Take Kadri’s opinion on his coach, for example:
“He (Carlyle) explains everything he does, even if you don’t get the minutes you want there’s an explanation for it, a reason for it,” Kadri said. “And he’ll come tell you personally, it’s not beating around the bush sending someone else to come preach.
“I just like the communication.”
“Before I didn’t really get the impression that I was kind of wanted in the lineup or I really deserved the minutes that I may have gotten,” Kadri said following Friday’s practice. “With Randy Carlyle it’s a whole different ballgame.
“He makes me feel like I belong here and I can be a big contributor here and I feel like that as well. As a young guy I just needed others to believe in me as well.”
Nazem seemed to appreciate the honesty and direct approach; MacArthur was surprised his by reputed hard-ass coach being a hard-ass coach and didn’t like playing hockey anymore last season, apparently.
Let’s hope for a short and sweet pregame ceremony for the home opener. Here are the lineups:
Maple Leafs Lines vs. Ottawa SenatorsToronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators Lineups, Oct. 5th, 2013
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Left Defense||Right Defense|
anyone ready to trade reims yet?....I'm willing to wait til his value is higher later in the year but bottom line....he's gone...he wont resign with the Leafs since he'll be backup by the end of the year, and make less then JB...trade him to Calgary for sven baerschi and maybe a 2nd at this point....actually, trade him 30ish games into the season... Burke will suck his fucking dick to get him to Calgary...and we can score a high pick and prospect then bring McIntyre up as backup...better than reamer leaving for nothing at the end of the year
Something I have noticed is the lack of talent in the league that are ex leafs.Alex Steen, Tukka Rask and Matt Fratten are the only players I would want back. Now look at the players we have from other teams. I think this is a good guage as to how a rebuilt is going. We have aquired good talent from other teams but have given up very little. Along with our young guns I say thank you to Burke and Nonis.
Does anyone rememeber all last year when everyone was thinking Mackinonn would not go #1 and Drouin was better, but I kept telling you he was hurt. Hes 100% now and i hope you all see his talent
What I like more than anything is that as bad and sloppy as the Leafs played, they clearly looked like the more skilled team.
3-1 Van over Edm. So Eakins said the Oilers weren't going to roll over for the Canucks anymore. Apparently, they're just going to bend over :)
Its not Dubnyks fault...but how does he get an invite to team Canada before Bernier and Reimer? Joke.
@Palmateer Tlusty I would want back over any of those guys...except maybe Rask
@Wilbur thanks for posting the link :)
@astrit07 Can't score........like the Rangers last season.
@Jordan29 I saw them play once, both were great, Drouin was a bit more flashy, but Mac was the better player.
@Jordan29 Just because Drouin had a better WJC, he was never rated better than Mackinnon. Can't imagine there was anyone selling that story........It was a 2 horse race all yr between Mac and Jones.
@TuckerForPunishment Fuck predictions. Game by game Tucks. Lets just keep winnin, wooo!
@-Keon- You like Raymond yet? Yeah, thats right Keon, it was a SICKKK pickup! WOO! ;)
@Shift_Disturber1 Acton: shut your FUCKINGGGG MEOWTTTHHH!!!!!!!
@CanuckUKinToronto Time to start a different kind of streak..... winning shootouts !
@CanuckUKinToronto Made so much sense to go with Raymond, right? And then Bozie because of the breakaway goal the other nihgt. In retrospect it was easy to see why and that's the way it should be.
@wiski Our D was horrrendous in that respect all game. Thank god for Bernier and to a lesser extent Reimer.
@Dan39 Acton is a solid 4th liner imo. Works his ass off.
@Dan39 Eakins said he was the hardest working Marlie last yr.
@Knights2Leafs well the Sens 2nd line is MacArthur - Turris - Conacher.....so uh, yea....depth in skill drops off for the Turds fast.
@CanuckUKinToronto Curious to here from those who saw it live.
@-Keon- Also having a hot start.
@Savo43 Canada's biggest weakness is goaltending
And Carter Verghaghe is having a great start as well. Leafs brass feel he could have a 100-point season in OHL this year. Brown has more points than McDavid. How wack is that?
@-Keon- That's awesome. I think the Leaf brass expected a big final yr in Jr....... but his start has been wicked
@Zep2 What a rediculous contract for RNH. 4 goals in 40 games last year. Why not let the season play out and then sign him to that type of deal if he plays well and gets more than 8 goals this yr.
Yes please. I don't care what shoulder problems RNH has. You jump at that chance to get a player of his skill set.
@CanuckUKinToronto "Win and you're in"
@daniel marois I posted something similar this afternoon
No question. But if he does play Brobovsky-like this year, it will garner attention from around the league.