GDT: Maple Leafs at Blackhawks (7 p.m., CBC)

GDT: Maple Leafs at Blackhawks (7 p.m., CBC)

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Team Records: Leafs – 6-2-0 vs. Blackhawks – 4-1-2
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Big test for the Leafs in Chi-town. The Leafs haven’t beat the Blackhawks in Chicago since 2003.

Some keys to victory:

1. Bernier brilliance. Begins and ends here, one would think.
2. Capitalize on powerplays. Chicago was dominant and far and way the best team at five on five last season, but their PK has struggled in the early going.
3. Improved, more simplified puck management and a ratcheting up of the physical game. Key to any road game, but the Hawks haven’t been firing on all cylinders yet this season, scoring 13 goals over 6 games. Don’t wake the sleeping giant by feeding it turnovers.
4. Feast on Kostka.
5. Rattle them with The Bolland.

JvR still hasn’t been confirmed for tonight. Assuming he’s in, here’s our best guess at tonight’s lines:

Lines: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Oct. 19th, 2013
Leafs Lineup
 
 
Left WingCenterRight Wing
JvRBozakKessel
LupulKadriBroll
RaymondBollandLeivo
BodieMcClementOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
RiellyFranson
GardinerRanger
Goalies
Starter: Bernier
Reimer

Chicago’s lines per Second City Hockey:

Forwards
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Michal Handzus – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Marcus Kruger
Brandon Bollig – Brandon Pirri – Joakim Nordstrom

Defensive Pairings
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Michael Kostka

Goaltender
Corey Crawford (3-1-2, 2.25 GAA, .919 save %, 0 SO)

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]
735 comments
GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

Leafs really need to draft McDavid in 2015 so they can keep him with Connor Brown.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

rough night boys, our defensive game looked good early but it wasnt meant to be. I really cant watch the game with my friends anymore....they are the type that start ripping everything with a leaf logo the minute things arent going well. I try to fight back with logic, but their is no place for it in their basement....I think ill just watch from home from now on, Ill save myself the breath and subsequent headache 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Colborne playing 3rd line C tonite. 

Conis
Conis

Anybody have a link for the fights tonight???

Need my entertainment somehow haha leafs did not satisfy!

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

My one solace is that even though the Leafs didn't play well tonight, they didn't blown out either and it wasn't a breakaway show or Bernier needed to make 10+ game saving saves. In the past that's how these games would go, especially against a team like the Hawks. Stanley Cup champs, young, fast and skilled team use to tear us apart. Better smarten up.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Coach threw some icetime at Rielly tonight . Played just over 20 mins 

OTL
OTL

I don't know if it's been said publicly yet buuuuut do we see Rielly play next weekend?

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Yaknowwhat 

You aren't alone with that hope.

Burkie's wisdom haunts....but what is a GM to do nowadays?

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Burtonboy One thing to be traded, it's another to be traded from a Stanley Cup winning team after you scored the Cup winning goal. I can only imagine.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- Funny how quickly things change . When he didn't have ay points in his 1 st 4 games people were calling him a waste of a 1 st rd pick 

Zep2
Zep2

@-Keon- He must have had a heck of a game tonite

loomx
loomx

@DJBrianBurke Boy did they ever need to be blown out. Nothing like a good shellacking to wake a team up.

Zep2
Zep2

@OTL We just got our asses kicked by a team with a D of Keith, Leddy, and Oduya and 2 Cups

All guys who can fly. 

Keeping Rielly and Gardiner is a good start if you ask me

Optimustic
Optimustic

@-Keon- Not much to look forward to in it,   but hey, we knew we wouldn't win them all.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@-Keon- I'm searching high and low for good news after that game lol

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Yaknowwhat ya, so you know what I mean, they just constantly bitch about this and that, then they question contracts and it just becomes a shit storm of hard headed douche that wont accept opposing opinions 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Uncle Otis @Dangle_My_Berries i liken it to listening to the CBC panel that also includes Feschuk and Simmonds on constant repeat....and they call themselves fans of the team......fans, only when things are going well 

Zep2
Zep2

@Burtonboy @-Keon- That  start was bit of a puzzle. By all accounts he was great at rookie and training camp. 


DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

I give MLHS a little more credit than that :)

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@loomx @DJBrianBurke Could go either way Could wake them up or could make them spiral. I want to see this team complete, with all the pieces. I know there will be more injuries, but just once (hopefully a lot more than one game) I want to see what we have. Maybe I'm projecting, but I wonder if the players are feeling that.

OTL
OTL

@TheCanucksnaphook I agree, I'm just curious what Nonis and Carlyle decide and at whose expense.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@DJBrianBurke @Dangle_My_Berries @Uncle Otis i can't when they are throwing Clarkson under the bus before hes played a single game as a Leaf. Or arguments that suggest we can just make the playoffs to be beaten by Pittsburgh or Boston. Arguments like that drive me nuts cause they assume too much 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I have an iPad. I also have a keyboard it slides into. Tons of free apps. I'm out with it a lot so it's like carrying a magazine.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Cloud09 Hahahaha.  Now that's the kind of disillusion we be needing around here.

Cloud09
Cloud09

Start them young, kids need to know what failure feels like.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@-Keon- We'll get there one day and see.  Or maybe we get tired of the Leafs disappointing us and find a new sport to follow...

LOL.  Its too late for us.  But I have to save my child before its too late