Team Records: Leafs – 7-4-0 vs. Penguins – 7-3-0
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Lineup Update: No Bozak tonight, who didn’t finish last night’s game due to a lower back injury. The Leafs four centers will be Kadri, Bolland, McClement and Smith. Big chance for the Leafs’ real number one center next to Kessel tonight.
Projected Lines vs. PIT: JVR-Kadri-Kessel. Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson. Ashton-McClement-Orr. McLaren-Smith-Bodie.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 26, 2013
Three losses in their last four, and only about 40 minutes of good hockey (versus Anaheim) in that stretch, has left me uneasy going into tonight’s tilt against the 7-3 Pittsburgh Penguins.
What would be magnificent is if the Leafs came out with a decent first 20 minutes as a starting point. The Leafs have been outshot 121 to 92 and outscored 10-7 in first periods. They’ve been out shot 58-25 in the first period of their last five games. This habit is something that could sink the Leafs early against a team with the offensive repertoire of the Penguins.
Last night’s loss again had Carlyle referring to team identity and his group straying from what he liked about last season in terms of the team’s physicality and work rate. It’s something that is clearly eating at the coach, and Jay McClement echoed Carlyle’s sentiment that there hasn’t been that same consistency to their game yet; in seeing Clarkson play last night, even if he didn’t get much accomplished, the team should take a refresher course from his determined pursuit to be first to pucks.
The Leafs were 1-1-1 against the Penguins last season, and save for a 3-1 loss in March, had success producing offence against the Penguins with 10 goals in three games. The Leafs didn’t have Lupul for any of those games except the first 9 minutes of the 5-2 win in January before he left the game with a broken forearm.
There is very little chance Lupul plays tonight; it sounds like Lupul has to get his foot checked out again now that the swelling has gone down to find out if the injury is something more serious.
Josh Leivo was returned to the Marlies after playing only 7 minutes last night. Carter Ashton, who has two goals in two games in the AHL, has been called up in his place.
James Reimer’s first game since October 15 vs. Minnesota will come in this second half of a back to back against one of the league’s consistently great offenses. He’s probably going to have to be great for the Leafs to win tonight.
Lastly, there is nothing that takes the fun out of watching the Leafs on Saturday night than the Leafs getting soundly beat while Hughson, Healy and Simpson excitedly spout verbal diarrhea about all of the team’s problems. Making matters worse, tonight’s broadcast will include long raptures about the wonderful way in which Sidney Crosby ties his skates. Please, Leafs, put on a good showing tonight.
|GF/G||3.18 (9th)||3.30 (3rd)|
|GA/G||2.64 (14th)||2.40 (7th)|
|SF/G||26.6 (27th)||32.5 (5th)|
|SA/G||34.5 (27th)||25.5 (3rd)|
|PP||26.2% (5th)||18.9% (16th)|
|PK||86.4% (6th)||77.8% (24th)|
|5 on 5 F/A||1.05 (13th)||1.22 (10th)|
|Sh%||11.9% (2nd)||10.2% (8th)|
|Sv%||92.4% (6th)||90.6% (21st)|
|FO%||43.7 (29th) (lol)||56.4 (2nd)|
Nice comeback from the stinker in Columbus. Kadri was a good fit on the 1st line. We played a good game tonight.
As much as some of our d and our top players did well tonight I thought Orr,McClement and Ashton played great . So much cycle time in the o zone
American Crosby outplayed Crosby
Kadri hopefully found a home on the 1st line
Rielly had his best game one night after his worse game
Phaneuf playing like an Olympian
Clarkson making me a believer
Love those Leafs
Reimer appears to be no worse for wear. Hopefully that hit didn't hurt him too bad and he continues to play well.
I think Crosby was whining about the icing going from the face off - my understanding is that regardless of where the puck goes after a drop it is neutral?
I hope boZie is out long enough so that even RC can see what he has here with Kadri and bolland playing with good linemates
Great T-E-A-M effort tonight - hitting and hitting and hitting. Fighting battles and clearing out the zones and reducing turn overs. Riemer was steady - improving on those rebounds. Lets hope the work effort continues into the next game. Had they played tonight like last night, we would have won. Buds have to go into games motivated no matter who the opponents are. No Bozie and we win.
@Alec Brownscombe they do come up faster after big wins :) :)
@djamon too bad we cud of used him now
@djamon yea, he's been ridiculous
@TuckerForPunishment Dion has had a great season, I believe the rule of thumb is, that it can't continue. :-)
@Burtonboy next time he gets a good feeling before a game some one needs to kick him so it goes away
@DWCMLHS what about Kadri? He was awesome too
@DWCMLHS Kadri wasn't too bad either. GArds played well also
@Knights2Leafs Gino set up two goals :)
@ConnorCrisp No doubt. Wait til they have some chemistry.
@ConnorCrisp He can sit out another 70 games.
@Doorman Doorman is always right! :)
@Shift_Disturber1 i think RC will see he can do that now and will do it more
@Loric76 Yeah but !!!
@Loric76 Holy shit man sign this guy up quick styles
@Komas Taberle Niemi's a stud!!
@Komas Taberle and Boston lose
@TheColborneUltimatum Skating with the team now Could return anytime I assume.