Game Preview: Visiting Bob in the ‘Bus

Game Preview: Visiting Bob in the ‘Bus

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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.

 
Leafs
Blue Jackets
Record7-3-04-5-0
GF/G3.30 (5th)2.44 (21st)
GA/G2.40 (8th)2.56 (10th)
SF/G26.8 (26th)31.1 (10th)
SA/G34.5 (27th)32.6 (23rd)
PP28.2% (2nd)21.2% (12th)
PK86.8% (4th)75.9% (25th)
5 on 5 F/A1.06 (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.

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]
83 comments
Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

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

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

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.

Jordan29
Jordan29

Jesus Christ Lupul fuck 

vinoa
vinoa

"BOB-ROV-SKY!"

Leafbites
Leafbites

A Friday night game, hallelujah– Where have you been? Fuck, let's go Leafs!

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

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

4evrblue
4evrblue

CLARKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dink
Dink

Damn, The Rangers and Flyers sure suck....

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

man i hope lupul is not out long. Sucks that we get one winger back and lose the other. 

JR from Halifax
JR from Halifax

Boys, my new Leaf's bank card just arrived in the mail.....its an omen. 10 game win streak starts tonight.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@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.

Have fun!

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@wiski I think Mirtle is happy with this move.  As this will help correct the leaf SH% problem he has been going on about.  

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

Things could come to a head quickly

Dink
Dink

@Black_Hawk I wonder if Carlyle would bench someone a game for being so stupid

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Pent_House @Jordan29 haha no she wouldnt have a sweet clue what I was asking. I dont need to try to teach her about hockey again. Last time was hard enough when she thought icing was when the zamboni comes out lol

ingy56
ingy56

@Pent_House @wiski Great for merchandise/movie passes...not so good for flying. They make you pay all the taxes and surcharges.