Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Predators (8 p.m., LeafsTV)

Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Predators (8 p.m., LeafsTV)

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Team Records: Leafs – 3-1-0 vs. Predators – 1-2-0
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Jonathan Bernier’s recent play, career record (7-1) against Nashville and familiarity with the opponent has gotten him the nod against the Predators tonight despite a loss on Tuesday. The loss might have given Carlyle reason enough to go back to Reimer, but he seems to be sticking with the hot hand (Bernier was excellent despite the loss).

We’ll see how Reimer responds when he gets his next chance, but I’ve always thought he needs to get a run of starts to stay on top of his game. If true, it could be his undoing in the goalie battle. Ideally, one goalie will get hot when the other cools off and the Leafs will reap the net result of great goaltending all season, but we’ll have to see how it actually plays out.

Don’t take what I just wrote the wrong way, either – There is a lot of sound reasons why Bernier should play tonight. He’s played well, knows Nashville shooters far better than Reimer, and has had great success against the Preds. Just a thought on how this goalie thing might play out.

The Leafs have continued to be the anti-advanced stats team in the early going, winning games they were out Corsi’d in and losing to the Avalanche after technically outchancing them on Tuesday (there was some pretty desperate low percentage shooting from the Leafs, I thought). Overall, they have not been at their best yet and it would be nice to see them play like it for the first time this season.

Maple Leafs Lines vs Nashville Predators

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators Lineups, Oct. 10th, 2013
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
JvRBozakKessel
RaymondBollandLeivo
LupulKadriBroll
AshtonMcClementOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
RiellyFranson
GardinerRanger
Goalies
Bernier
Reimer
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1097 comments
darthNihilus
darthNihilus

Leafs outshot every game, horrible at possession -win every game. Universe explodes, masses of statisticians commit suicide as regression to the mean turns out to be a huge lie LOL!!!!!!!

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Kadri 16 min and Reilly 19 min tonight.. Reilly WILL NOT be sent down

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

A lot to like about the game tonight. Bernier was just outstanding again...that save on Jones was amazing. Kadri looked much better. Gards and Ranger had good games. Rielly looks like he could really stay and add to our team...winning puck battles consistently...great passes and quick feet. Real good first NHL games from Leivo and Broll...I would like to see more from them.

theacs1966
theacs1966

Well the Rangers look fucked!  Down 3-0 in the 1st to the Ducks.

New Leafs Dynasty
New Leafs Dynasty

Sweet jesus does Bernier look great.......making Nonis look like a genius 

Optimustic
Optimustic

Avs beat Boston tonight. 2 - 0.  We at least got one by them.  

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

brolldozer and leivo best call ups thus far IMHO

GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

Kessel & lupul in top ten scoring ....right where they should be all year.

B4rry
B4rry

Leafs win. Now GO TIGERS!

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

Wow the out of town scoreboard is yummy.....how bout those panthers, 9 goals against one night, 7 tonight. Yikes!

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

How Ironic... Top 3 goalies currently in GAA and Save % are all Leafs or Ex Leafs...  Funny but Toskala is not one of them

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Jmessih Dam good game. Took some time to get it going but the end result is all that matters.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@theacs1966 

4-0 now, WTF is wrong with Lundqvist?

Did the 2" he lost off each pad really make him that much better?

.JVR.
.JVR.

@CanuckUKinToronto

Heart no longer stops every time a shot is taken, because he doesn't kick the rebound back into the slot like Reimer does.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@CanuckUKinToronto

He's already awesome, but when he begins to enter his prime at the age of 24, he'll be unbelievable.