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 PredatorsToronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators Lineups, Oct. 10th, 2013
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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!!!!!!!
Game in 10 is up folks...
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.
Wow the out of town scoreboard is yummy.....how bout those panthers, 9 goals against one night, 7 tonight. Yikes!
4-1 and we beat 3 goaltenders touted as starters for their Olympic teams. Not too shabby.
Its not that long ago teams would roll out their 2nd stringer against us
What the fucks' going on?! We play like shit and keep winning. Whats going to happen once we start to play well, I wonder....(statisticians must be going nuts). oh and Bernier-kicked ass!
Bernier had something to do the win tonight
@Jmessih Dam good game. Took some time to get it going but the end result is all that matters.
@wiski I think the goaltending sucks most of all for them.
Who you gonna take out when Fraser is healthy or does he become the 7th dman?
4-0 now, WTF is wrong with Lundqvist?
Did the 2" he lost off each pad really make him that much better?
@-Keon- Montreal tied it up
EDIT: Make that 2-1 montreal
@-Keon- TB in our division, and looking good early.
@-Keon- I thought they were horrid minus Franson and Dion
@New Leafs Dynasty we gave up Frattin and Scrivens waaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!
@CanuckUKinToronto Well I didn't think Bernier would start tonight...
@CanuckUKinToronto I think so
@CanuckUKinToronto No.. I think you keep rolling with Bernier
@GeorgeCastanza JVR must be there too?
@CanuckUKinToronto How about Raycroft?
@Jmessih Sorry dude for my comment below. You realised your error.
@Zep2 Anderson isn't touted as a starter. See Jonathan Quick or Ryan Miller...
@Jmessih Are you Mirtle? If you're not you should post that it's his tweet you're posting.
I knew those visors were a bad idea ;)
Heart no longer stops every time a shot is taken, because he doesn't kick the rebound back into the slot like Reimer does.
He's already awesome, but when he begins to enter his prime at the age of 24, he'll be unbelievable.
I get so giddy thinking about how good Rielly is going to be 5 years from now!
@reenergized fighting to see who backs up Quick....