Home Game Day 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. Contact him at [email protected]
140 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.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Excited to see #71 and #38 roaming the ice tonight

Pent_House
Pent_House

Kess is going to get 2 goals tonight 

Jordan29
Jordan29

Jesus Christ Lupul fuck 

Loric76
Loric76

Happy David Clarkson Wendel Birthday Mother Fucking Friday.  

Fuck you work week.

Pent_House
Pent_House

Time to bust out the vodka, Polak. Watching the game alone tonight for the first time, so I'll be on here with the boys. 

wiski
wiski

Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg wants to buy the Lethbridge Hurricanes, his former WHL team – myLH.ca http://bit.ly/1blYlsg

vinoa
vinoa

"BOB-ROV-SKY!"

Leafbites
Leafbites

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

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

T.F.G.I.M.F.F. and a game night!!!!!!!!!!

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

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!

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Mind Bomb Sounds like fun! Have a blast. You know where we'll be. LOL

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Tim Horton I just want him to play his game. That's good enough for this cowboy

Loric76
Loric76

Ok, now I'm ready for the game lol

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Jordan29 Ask your fiancée  lmao 

Edit: low blow? Maybe I pulled a Jon Scott on that one 

Pent_House
Pent_House

@wiski Atta boy, good intentions.. It's too bad he wasn't so passionate about his own play, had to drop his  ass off my fantasy roster. 

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wendelsway1  Tomorrow nights CBC game is definitely going on mute. It will be a rock n roll, rock'em sock'em hockey night. Public dosage [TM BonScottWasALeafsFan] tunes. :)

wiski
wiski

@Jmessih I thinks its better he starts on the road. 

wiski
wiski

@Mind Bomb you'll learn to love it, update too 8.1 right away. 

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

Loric76
Loric76

@Pent_House @wiski imagine a whole team of mouth guard chewers.  He'll make it mandatory to be able to play on the team, so that he himself doesn't look so weird doing it.