Monday Mashup: Here Come the Ducks

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The Leafs are officially in the midst of their first losing “streak” of the season. Tuesday’s contest sees the 7-1 Anaheim Ducks visit town, which will be another difficult test for a Leafs team who have yet to really hit their stride despite being 6-3 on the season. The Ducks shellacked the Stars 6-3 last night, and Getzlaf, Perry, Jakub Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who is getting a chance to center their second line, are all off to hot starts.

While the hope will be that the return of Kulemin and Clarkson from injury and suspension will help the Leafs dictate the flow of games a little better, between an improved forechecking presence and more depth in offensive options, they’re going to have to try to find a way to compete better with who they’ve got on Tuesday. Clarkson will be eligible to return to action Friday, Frazer McLaren will likely draw back in on the weekend, and hopefully Nik Kulemin isn’t too far from his return, although he’s yet to skate.

The Leafs assigned Carter Ashton, David Broll and Trevor Smith to the Marlies for their 2-1 win on Sunday (Ashton scored the game winner in a 2-1 win over Hamilton), but have recalled Trevor Smith this morning as per Sportsnet.

Some Leafs links on this Monday morning:

Friedman’s 30 Thoughts
Important takeaway: The reevaluation point on Rielly is 40 games because a) that’s when his season counts as credit toward arbitration and free agency determinants (40 games on active roster); b) that’s the last game before Christmas, when he could possibly join the World Juniors.

Mirtle’s latest at the Globe & Mail on Saturday’s loss to Chicago

Jonas Siegel at TSN on Chicago’s team model as one for the Leafs to follow


Jeffler’s recap of yesterday’s Marlies win over the Hamilton Bulldogs

Mike Brophy’s post-game at CBC

Mike Smith scored a goal!

Marlies highlights from yesterday’s 2-1 win:

Brennan keeps on ripping it up. Ashton with the game winner.

  • Dink

    huh

  • MaxwellHowe

    The Ducks break out of their zone with speed. Leafs have to clog up the neutral zone and jump on loose pucks IMO.  And finally begin to execute team breakouts with short quick passes.  Problem is, the Leafs always try to make those short passes thru skates and sticks.  Carlyle will probably spend the whole season working on this.
    And for gods sake, develop something resembling a forecheck.

  • Optimustic

    Can’t wait till tomorrow so we can prove that we really don’t need that #1C we all keep waiting for.    Na not really.  :-)

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook We have a lot of time to hope for the best and prepare for the worse.  Carlyle should have his fingernails worked down pretty good by then

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/392323036135055361
    Fraser and Kulemin were slated to come back on the western road trip, won’t be able to know for sure until they start practicing, says coach

  • Optimustic

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook Maybe if he sharpened his old skates up, he could fit himself on the roster.   We could use a good D-man like he was. ( hope I don’t need a smiley face here )

  • MaxwellHowe

    Optimustic MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook 
    The Leafs could trade him again!

  • Optimustic

    MaxwellHowe Optimustic TheCanucksnaphook I hope they wouldn’t trade him until Fraser is back.

  • wiski

    Love the new look Alec very clean and sharp. 😉

  • adeel

    and the Monster with NHL first star honours haha. but anyways, the boys need to play a more consistent game. another effort like the one against chicago and we wont be beating the ducks either.

  • wiski

    Lance Hornby ‏@sunhornby https://twitter.com/sunhornby/status/392328049615581184
    2nd time in past few days Carlyle has mentioned another Rielly decision could come at 40-game mark, another hint he stays beyond this week.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    -Keon- Interesting

  • Greg Fenton

    wiski Good. 
    Unless Rielly looks completely out place the next couple games he should stay.

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- I was wondering the significance of the 40 game mark . Thanks for de info

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/sunhornbyhttps://twitter.com/sunhornby/status/392329957499600897
    Carlyle’s 40-game reference has to do with releasing him for Team Canada if he’s still in the NHL at Christmas.

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- You posted it lol

  • Pent_House

    Interesting new look

  • Pent_House

    So Clarkson back friday against Columbus, and McLaren back saturday against Pitt

  • Knights2Leafs

    I was just reading something about Glenn Healy and I forgot to post yesterday that his douchebaggery knows no bounds.  The Harlem Globetrotters music thing was insulting enough but especially so with the Hawks playing keep away on a freaking PP.   The Leafs might have earned some derision if it was 5 on 5 but even then it would it would have been over the top.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Knights2Leafs “Look at these idiots! No puck possession or completed passes on a penalty kill! Ha!”

  • Pent_House

    CanuckUKinToronto Pent_House I’m guessing next week

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House CanuckUKinToronto Carlyle said Fraser and Kulie aren’t scheduled back till the western road trip but that also depends how soon they can start practicing

  • Alec Brownscombe

    It was a particularly bad Hnic broadcast. Leafs deserved to be ripped on Saturday night, but Healy was blindly hating without using his brain, and Cherry, who I normally enjoy for entertainment and don’t take at face value, got on my nerves, too, with the Ontario thing. He took the evidence that he was wrong all along and then presented it as evidence his point has been proven. Pretty funny.

    Ugghh, CBC.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/sunhornbyhttps://twitter.com/sunhornby/status/392333131937636352
    Carlyle on the levity of ball hockey to start practice: “Sometimes (a bag skate) is counter-productive.”

  • Alec Brownscombe

    TheCanucksnaphook We always knew he was capable of it, but that guy doesn’t have the mental makeup to sustain a high level of play, imo.

  • wiski

    Alec Brownscombe Knights2Leafs At least he wasn’t there for the play by play

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    30 thoughts
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2013/10/30-thoughts-playoff-chase-begins-early-in-nhl.html

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/392334192500953088
    Randy Carlyle said initial timetable for injured Fraser, Kulemin was Oct. 29. Couldn’t say whether they’d be ready at that point though.

  • wiski

    James Mirtle ‏@mirtle https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/392334038645481472
    Carlyle on McLaren’s comeback from a busted finger: “As long as he feels he can handle a stick and make a fist…”

  • Alec Brownscombe

    wiski which comes first in the order of importance? lol

  • Burtonboy

    wiski The fist part I agree with …the stick is another question all together

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/392334496973877248
    Carlyle did say that both will begin skating with the team soon. “Until they join us on the ice they don’t really [hit] my radar.”

  • wiski

    Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe  I sure Orr will be glad to have him back

  • Pent_House

    wiski I know he’s eligible to come off IR on saturday. I hope he’s back ASAP we need some toughness in the line-up desperately.

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House wiski Whats wrong with Orr?. Did the Parros indecent make him gun shy

  • wiski

    Burtonboy Pent_House wiski Looks like it, they were talking about it on the radio this morning.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    wiski Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe He sure isn’t doing any fighting or much of anything lately

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy Pent_House wiski No idea, but it’s been bothering me a lot

  • wiski

    Pent_House Burtonboy wiski Well to his defense they were winning up until the last two games, so there was no real need for his talents.

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe
    not sure if he’s drawing any penalties, but he’s -2 and has his share of heavy checks in limitted action.  last i remember he was on the ice to supervise Kadri driving the net.

  • mcloki

    wiski Pent_House Burtonboy we need his forecheck and hitting, not the fisticuffs. It’s the hitting and forecheck that are killing the Leafs right now. They have it in their heads that they can outscore the opposition without taking a hit. And opposing teams know that the Leafs will lull themselves into a sleep like trance as long as you don’t hit them and wake them up.

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1 
    that’s a little vague.  so, tough to argue haha

  • wiski

    mcloki wiski Pent_House Burtonboy Just show what a big piece Komarov was last year, never did he not finish a check.

  • dlb eh

    wiski 
    that, and no one’s really been bullying us.  maybe he is having an effect that no one wants to ackowledge.

  • Pent_House

    dlb eh wiski We should be the bully. If teams dont want to fight us, we should be taking liberties so they do. We have to force teams to play our game.

  • mcloki

    Alec Brownscombe TheCanucksnaphook Maybe it was the Defense that Wilson put infront of him.

  • Pent_House

    Just a suggestion to the staff, the top of the screen button is right where the x is on the new-post pop up. If possible should be moved. Sucks having to go to top of screen to hit the x

  • Jordan29

    Like the new site still. Pumped to see it in action tomorrow night and see if it can hang with us animals

  • george

    Anyone of the preference to send Rielly down still?

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/ChasGillishttps://twitter.com/ChasGillis/status/392346384034050048
    Leafs play-by-play man, and sports broadcaster of year, Joe Bowen, on being called a homer: “You’re goddamn right I am!”