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
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Left Defense||Right Defense|
Chicago’s lines per Second City Hockey:
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Michal Handzus – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Marcus Kruger
Brandon Bollig – Brandon Pirri – Joakim Nordstrom
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Michael Kostka
Corey Crawford (3-1-2, 2.25 GAA, .919 save %, 0 SO)
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
Anybody have a link for the fights tonight???
Need my entertainment somehow haha leafs did not satisfy!
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 An injured hab is a good hab,
@Burtonboy you're just trying to make me feel better. Its working
You aren't alone with that hope.
Burkie's wisdom haunts....but what is a GM to do nowadays?
Rough night to use logic...try swearing.
@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 i was hoping he would go beast mode on them
Mary-anne or Ginger?
@leafersutherland You mean the fucking Shabs and Turds.
@-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
@-Keon- He must have had a heck of a game tonite
@-Keon- I think he's going to be a future star for my Maple Leafs.
@-Keon- anybody have a time machine?
@DJBrianBurke Boy did they ever need to be blown out. Nothing like a good shellacking to wake a team up.
@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
@-Keon- Not much to look forward to in it, but hey, we knew we wouldn't win them all.
@-Keon- I'm searching high and low for good news after that game lol
Tears on the toilet seat
@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
@-Keon- agree laptop is more useful
@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.
@TheCanucksnaphook I agree, I'm just curious what Nonis and Carlyle decide and at whose expense.
Don't forget to lower the Hab when you finish
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.
I didn't mean to marry ;)
@-Keon- I saw several posts saying that
@-Keon- Heck of a game
@Cloud09 Hahahaha. Now that's the kind of disillusion we be needing around here.
@-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
@-Keon- With 2 cups in the bag?