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)

  • mcloki

    STFU Healy.

  • rustynail

    mcloki that should be part of every HNIC game thread

  • wendelsway1

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • mcloki

    Generally speaking. He needs to be fired as well as Simpson and Hughson. They just make the games so dull.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/391694834290806784
    James van Riemsdyk (back) skating alongside Bolland and Leivo in warmup. Will await confirmation on whether he plays tonight.

  • JR from Halifax

    Wow, sounds like we have no business even being on the same ice as the hawks. Lucky I have these hinc experts to watch otherwise I’d have my hopes up.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/YakovMironovhttps://twitter.com/YakovMironov/status/391694638307749888
    Cassie Campbells attire provided from the Eddie Murphy collection.

  • mcloki

    Weekes you just need to turn to to your right and drop Healy like a bad rash. And how the hell does Millen work the Montreal game and Bowen is relegated to radio. This stinks.

  • mcloki

    I want to party all the time, party all the time, party with you. Lol

  • rustynail

    mcloki need to synch radio again

  • Waiting4LSC

    Bitchez reporting in sir!!!!!!! HNIC really pumping the Leafs tonight. I wish the fans at the ACC would hold up signs noting what a douche Healy is. Need Leaf Nation to embarrass him publicly

  • wendelsway1

    Shift_Disturber1 Are we including all Habs players?…..LOL  :)

  • rustynail

    Waiting4LSC I suspect MLSE would never allow that

  • mcloki

    I would if I could. I’d love the CBC to offer the radio as the secondary audio channel. Otherwise I’m learning Punjabi.

  • Waiting4LSC

    I know, but it’s what is needed!!!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/391695560085753856
    Smith and Ashton the scratches tonight. Bodie goes back in.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Gonna need the physicality and giving up the body. Hope this is the right decision.

  • Burtonboy

    Bitchezs indeed ……Hrumph

  • mike_84

    2 more games till Clarkson time

  • wendelsway1

    Shift_Disturber1 wendelsway1 I know what you meant…lol  I don’t mind Friedman and Weekes.

  • docyqx

    Waiting4LSC get a few fella’s with body paint maybe ?? Healey SUCKS !, lol

  • JR from Halifax

    Yup, and imagine when we start playing a full 60 minutes…..I don’t think we are even close to playing to our potential yes.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    rustynail
    We’re aware that line rushes mean SFA. That’s Carlyle trying to screw with Quenneville’s pre-scout.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Shift_Disturber1 mike_84 
    The worst part about their injuries is the difficulty in assessing the strength of our Leafs.  A loss tonite will lead to a debate over whether the Leafs have serious issues or the missing bodies would make the difference.
    But of course, there won’t be a loss, so never mind

  • LeafsForLife

    Good start to the night so far. Turds lose. Canucks lose. And everyone is pissed off at CBC crew.
    GO LEAFS GO!

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy I know eh?…..cheeky Fella!  :)

  • Waiting4LSC

    RW hockey vs Bruins playoff. Way off base right now, and with the beauty of having Bolland and Clarkson on board we should be able to put deadly back in our vocab.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/BonsieTweetshttps://twitter.com/BonsieTweets/status/391697044760317952
    Presidents of the Piped Palaces are Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs and Corey Crawford for the Hawks https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    What did I miss, whys everyone pissed at the CBC crew?

  • JR from Halifax

    I think we can play any style now. Speed and skill….ok, rough and tumble no problemo, grind out tight games…..ok but you asked for it. Once healthy there is no reason this team can’t go deep in the playoffs.

  • wendelsway1

    Oh Fuk….here we go…..Healy…blah blah blah blah……STFU!

  • rustynail

    fuck off Healy

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Yaknowwhat The_Polish_Cannon i thought they might have said something extra stupid that i might have missed.

  • rustynail

    holy fuck all Montreal all the time

  • Leafbites

    Shouldn’t be long before PJ is stock-ing shelves.

  • rustynail

    Leafbites under qualified for that

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweetshttps://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/391700519678246912
    Bozak line to start game with van riemsdyk and kessel on the wings. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafshttps://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/391700236751499264
    Via https://twitter.com/BonsieTweets: The Presidents of the Piped Palaces are Jonathan Bernier & Corey Crawford https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash http://t.co/VoqkgD0Ivs

  • mike_84

    Montreal with a great start at 5-2 but leafs suck with a 6-2 record. oh how i hate cbc

  • wendelsway1

    3-2 Leafs

  • Loric76

    wendelsway1 in OT

  • Jordan29

    Jesus christ. No wonder they are the champs. That lineup looks mental

  • Jordan29

    EA sports always has the most unrealistic commercials for NHL14 anf other hockey games. I just saw one with Claude Giroux actually scoring a goal this year. That doesnt happen

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/HockeyAbbshttps://twitter.com/HockeyAbbs/status/391700972432412672
    Kane (145) Bolland (130) Kadri (93) points during final https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OHL&src=hash season, each in London. Kadri-Bolland wore 91, now face Kane tonight https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • Optimustic

    Glad to see Bodie back in the  lineup.   He played very well in the minutes that he did play.

  • theacs1966

    Optimustic Who came out?

  • Loric76

    theacs1966 Optimustic no Ashton tonight

  • Optimustic

    theacs1966 Optimustic Smith and Ashton are out it seems.

  • mcloki

    Thanks

  • theacs1966

    Optimustic theacs1966 Yaaaaaaaaa not more Ashton.  Don’t like him at all.