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 WingCenterRight Wing
JvRBozakKessel
RaymondBollandLeivo
LupulKadriBroll
AshtonMcClementOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
RiellyFranson
GardinerRanger
Goalies
Bernier
Reimer
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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]
  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Automatic transmission is for pussies!!  Pussies, I tell ya!!
    Go manual or go home!!
    Oh, and Go Leafs!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Bernier’s gonna shut the door on the Preds!!  Big game tonight!!

  • Pazzuzzu

    Bernier has been realgood, so much more economical and fluid than Riems. Best 1-2 punch in the league IMHO

  • MaxwellHowe

    8-2 for the Leafs.  Gunnersson scores the 8th goal on a simple slapshot from the point. Everyone accuses him of hotdoggin it because its the kind of thing he usually only does in practice

  • Pazzuzzu

    well, i not to excited bout scrivens, so i’ll stick with and optimus bernie

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bolland certainly seems to be getting the linemates we thought Kadri would in the early season

  • Pazzuzzu

    He is Alec. Thats why I spitballed the Nail thing.

  • JMAC17

    Alec Brownscombe Think this is part of a plan….Keep Kadri hungry till Clarkson comes back

  • http://www.gregcaughill.com/ DarthBurke

    Here’s hoping for a rebound game where they don’t play so sloppy.

  • mORRganRielly

    Alec Brownscombe The more I read into it, the more I think it’s not a coaching / player disagreement but a coaching tactic to shelter Kadri.  And even though he was held off the scoresheet, Kadri dominated at even strength.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Alec Brownscombe Naz has to elbow his way in there somehow.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    ingy56 Alec Brownscombe Once Clarkson and Kuli come back there will be 3 good lines, but for now he gets the short end of the stick

  • wiski

    Alec Brownscombe ingy56 Seems to be doing much better at the dot vs third line competition, Randy knows what he’s doin.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    -Keon- https://twitter.com/TPSChrisBoddyhttps://twitter.com/TPSChrisBoddy/status/388441443859050496
    Out watching the https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs on https://twitter.com/Leafs_TV tonight? Don’t drink & drive. There are no turkey dinners in jail. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tmltalk&src=hash https://twitter.com/search?q=%23thanksgiving&src=hash

  • wiski

    These guys calling the Bruin game are pretty good

  • ProfessorRance

    MaxwellHowe Yeah Rinne wont let in 8 but we will win.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    wiski Alec Brownscombe ingy56 Leafs got owned on the draw and Kadri played 13 mins, a chunk of which was with Orr, and we lost 2-1, so I don’t think that really worked on Tuesday.

  • Pazzuzzu

    Whats the time on the puck drop?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    -Keon- ingy56 I saw that one right after reading your post.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/macLUKINhttps://twitter.com/macLUKIN/status/388444939052277761
    2 goals for Verhaeghe now 2-0 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23icedogs&src=hash

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    -Keon- ingy56 That’s not turkey, it’s exercise yard pigeon.

  • ProfessorRance

    Burtonboy That kid is on fire.

  • mORRganRielly

    Burtonboy Man, he’s looking like another steal already.  Morrison is a wizard.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Reminds me of the Thanksgiving WKRP episode….
    “I honestly thought turkeys could fly!!”

  • mORRganRielly

    *tap mics* 
    This thing on?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan ‘As God is my witness…”

  • Pazzuzzu

    Shift_Disturber1 thanks bro

  • Loric76

    Pazzuzzu right after the anthems are done

  • Pazzuzzu

    I heard Guy Lafleur was singing the anthem tonight:-)

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Guys, you might know it already but kyle wellwood is calling it quits.

  • Tim Horton

    Burtonboy pretty excited to have him in junior, is there anyone else down there to keep an eye on though? Maybe Connor Brown comes to mind but he is in his +2 year.

  • Burtonboy

    OHL stats
    http://ontariohockeyleague.com/stats/show

  • Tim Horton

    Really good stream for the bruins game if anyone is interested. http://hockeyreality.com/stream2.html

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Not that I don’t like Bodie, But I would like to see Leivo with Kadri.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    -Keon- Ze_theLeafsFan hahah well quits from hockey.

  • Pazzuzzu

    -Keon- Ze_theLeafsFan LOL

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy nice, two prospects in the top 5.  Is that Sam Carrick’s brother at 19?  Did we pick the wrong one?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    -Keon- Ze_theLeafsFan ha I got that :)

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Tim Horton thanks!

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy Tied for 1st as of now

  • Tim Horton

    -Keon- Tim Horton What is TV?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    I am ok with Bernier starting

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Tim Horton -Keon- TV is … i don’t know…

  • Uncle Otis

    Prediction for tonight?
    Sketchy sunbelt officiating
    …and Leafs win despite it
    GLG

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Burtonboy impressive. Brown is older and is playing with OHL sensation. Really good for Carter.

  • Pazzuzzu

    Ze_theLeafsFan Tim Horton -Keon- TV is an electronic like box where they show … shows

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Franson with a hatty

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Uncle Otis Snoozefest…3-2 Leafs (OT)

  • Burtonboy

    Ze_theLeafsFan Burtonboy Brown is a project because he’s so small

  • Jmessih

    Loric76 I saw this comment in the last thread and I couldn’t stop laughing
    “Listening to the hangout from last night…2 minutes into it and Langlois has already talked for like 20 minutes.”