Just as the Leafs get their one $5.25 million man back in the lineup, they appear to have lost their other one. The team’s leading scorer (11 points, tied with Phil) Joffrey Lupul is doubtful for tonight with a bone bruise after taking a puck to the foot in practice. Josh Leivo, first thinking he would be down with the Marlies for a stretch, is right back with the team and likely in the lineup tonight.
Randy Carlyle was noticeably peeved in yesterday’s meeting with the media about the refusal on the part of certain members of his team, of which Lupul and Kulemin (still recovering from a broken foot after taking a Phaneuf shot to the foot in practice) are two, to wear the shot guards the team has asked all of its players to protect themselves with in practice. I get that players hate feeling restricted by equipment they deem unnecessary, but I sympathize with Carlyle here and find it annoying to me as a fan of the team. Put on the guards and take the risks during the games.
Anyway, Clarkson will look to give his team a jump in his regular season debut and they may need his help in the offensive department sans Lupul. I’m not going to write any more about Clarkson’s debut because it’s already been hyped to Gretzkian (is this a word in Canada? Now it is) proportions. It is expected Clarkson will play with Raymond and Bolland, based on practice lines, which would put Kadri with McClement and Leivo. With Carlyle’s shuffling and the injuries though, no one can say for sure and things are constantly changing up front outside of the top line.
This is the Leafs’ first of three meetings with their new Conference foe in the Columbus Bobrovskys. Thanks to the man they call Bob, winner of the Vezina on account of a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage and the perception that his team sucked, the Blue Jackets went on a surprising little run for a playoff spot last year before ultimately falling a few points short. They’re now in East and off to an inauspicious 4-5 start, but it is very early. Prized summer signing Nathan Horton is currently on the shelf rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery.
Columbus’ biggest threat is Marian Gaborik, who has a recent history of lighting up the Leafs when he was a member of the New York Rangers. He has 4 goals and 6 points in his last two meetings with Toronto, and I still remember his four-goal game against the Leafs in January, 2011.
Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Leafs.
|GF/G||3.30 (5th)||2.44 (21st)|
|GA/G||2.40 (8th)||2.56 (10th)|
|SF/G||26.8 (26th)||31.1 (10th)|
|SA/G||34.5 (27th)||32.6 (23rd)|
|PP||28.2% (2nd)||21.2% (12th)|
|PK||86.8% (4th)||75.9% (25th)|
|5 on 5 F/A||1.06 (12th)||1.00 (16th)|
|Sh%||12.3% (2nd)||7.8% (21st)|
|Sv%||93% (5th)||92.2% (8th)|
|FO%||44.7 (27th)||52.2 (8th)|
We’ve all watched this a couple dozen times, but it doesn’t get old.
Enjoy the Game tonight guys I am taking my 8 year old daughter to her first Haunted House at 7pm, have to PVR the game ( the best invention ever ?) Will catch yas later
No way Clarkson can live up to this hype. Even if he has an ok game a ton of people are going to be ripping him.
GAME DAY THREAD BITCHESSS http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/10/25/gdt-leafs-at-blue-jackets-7-p-m-leafs-tv-2/
Gotta stick to what works......and it ain't Miley Cyrus...........Boys in Blue are gonna Shoot to Thrill......Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.....Our Leafs Take No Prisoners......Columbus puppets gonna find out that Carlyle is the Master of Puppets.......GO LEAFS GO!!!!
I am a Big Boy today Boys, currently typing on my first lap top ! Man this sucks, and gah Windows 8 sucks so far lol
Boys, my new Leaf's bank card just arrived in the mail.....its an omen. 10 game win streak starts tonight.
@Mind Bomb I remember the 1st time i convinced my 4 year old to actually go up to the door to get candy for halloween. He would stand out on the sidewalk and make me go up. So there was a small coffin outside the door with some other decorations and i told him just to lean against the coffin or something while we wait. Just as the door opened, the thing in the coffin sat up, automated, and i didnt even see the kid run off the step. He was that fast getting out of there. I had a very hard time not laughing. haha.
@wiski Lupul out... Go Leivo!
@rustynail Hmmm, thought Reims may have gotten this one.
@Shift_Disturber1 What he said !
@wiski I think Mirtle is happy with this move. As this will help correct the leaf SH% problem he has been going on about.
@Pent_House Good! The Leafs will sort them out!
@Pent_House haaha... ...oh your serious.
@rustynail why would they wait over a week to make a decision?
@Black_Hawk I wonder if Carlyle would bench someone a game for being so stupid
@JR from Halifax Wickie is going to take a 15 cent user fee on each purchase.
@JR from Halifax if you never use it
@Mind Bomb I hope they keep the covers on the cannons.
@Dink @JR from Halifax My Corsi is pretty good with this thing
@JR from Halifax lol