GDT: Leafs at Bruins (7 p.m., CBC); Lines + Keys to the Game

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If the Leafs can pull this off, it would be a huge win not only in keeping Boston behind them in the divisional race, but in boosting confidence for a banged up team facing extended time without Bolland and Bozak.

Keys to the Game for the Leafs:

1 – The Bruins defense pinch heavily almost every play and force the Leafs to play on the boards, which is a weakness for them.  The Leafs need to keep the puck 3ft or so off the boards and make the Bruins play in the open ice — not necessarily the Bruins strength – and use aerial passes when available if those options are not available.  If the Leafs don’t work on this, they will not be able to break out with efficiency this evening.

2 – Play the Bruins hard whistle-to-whistle. Do not engage in in after whistle skirmishes (looking at you, David Clarkson).

3 – The Bruins send two men in and try to force d-to-d passes; passes have to be firm, crisp and on point.

4 – Try not to let the Bruins consistently set up below goal line in on your own zone. The Bruins feast on a cycle and on great board play once they have the D facing the wrong way from the net.

5 – The Bruins defense is more mobile than it was last season, but stretching them out when the opportunity presents itself will generate odd man rushes.

Lines: Leafs vs. Bruins, November 9, 2013.
Leafs Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
LupulJvRKessel
RaymondKadriClarkson
BodieMcClementKulemin
McLarenSmithson
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Rielly
Starter: Reimer
  • LeafsForLife

    Got the Riemer sweater on. Undefeated when im wearing it!
    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/reporterchrishttps://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/399318325857370112
    James Reimer gets the start for the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23leafs&src=hash at TD Garden.

  • Jay31

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/399318449299533824
    No Colton Orr again for the Leafs. Have the option of re-installing Carter Ashton or sticking with seven D.

  • DARF24

    too bad the bruin announcers are as bad as cbcs. So biassed it hilarious
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjMDOxefHck

  • 4evrblue

    DARF24 thanks for the reminder. can’t bring myself to watch this still

  • AsburyJukes75

    TheCanucksnaphook Healy’s giving me indigestion too. Makes me feel horrible.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook take some pepto and wait for the win baby!!!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    lets go boys! LETS GET THE BIG W!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    wow something said that makes sense…..Galley just said it! “just because your being outshot doesn’t mean your being out played” where was this stroke up genius for the last 4 weeks!?!

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    4evrblue DARF24 He also claimed that Campbell breaking his leg blocking that shot was as brave as the soldiers on D-Day.

  • mcloki

    Well small glimmer of hope. Galley is between the benches. I can ignore Healy between periods.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Jay31 
    Or both.  Bodie out Ashton in and Rielly stays in.

  • mcloki

    I defy anyone to give me one quotable quote, not gaff that Simoson has ever uttered in his entire career on HNIC. Looking forward to the Saners games. I think Neale and Bowen will be doing one. Yes.

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    I hope your bad feelings travel well.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Dangle_My_Berries You spelled 4 weeks wrong. It’s spelled 2 years.

  • rustynail

    ingy56 4evrblue DARF24 what a fucking idiot

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweetshttps://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/399320477346562048
    Morgan rielly looks like a scratch. ashton slots into 4th line with smithson and mclaren. ranger/fraser are 3rd pairing. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Dangle_My_Berries Doesn’t fit the HNIC narrative.

  • mcloki

    Galley isn’t bitter that he was looked over for the GM job. Imagine that Healy as GM.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    mcloki The best words he ever uttered were “Don’t draft me Toronto”

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Go Leafs Go!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hjqrxfvJ0A

  • Tim Horton

    Burtonboy He should not be a scratch… I get he is young but he played better than half the D in his 9 minutes of ice last night.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy BOO

  • mcloki

    Nice to hear Niedemyer say that even he had to figure out when he needed to use his wheels

  • Hammertownleaffan

    The Truth Hurts I live in the States and thus watch the games on gamecenter through my Xbox…There’s a solid minute and a half delay in between the light going off and the goal being scored on-screen….it’s gotten to the point where I activate the light for both teams so there’s at least some mystery to who scored…And no, I’m not turning it off…it’s F’N awesome

  • mcloki

    Carlyle might be expecting a rough night.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    mcloki 
    I still cringe when I think about Domi throwing the elbow back in the ’01 playoffs.  Stupid stupid move.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    They doin’ a Hot Stove here or what??

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/HockeyAbbshttps://twitter.com/HockeyAbbs/status/399319417206878208
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23fastfacts&src=hash Franson earned 10th assist vs NJ and is 2nd in https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&src=hash pp assists (8) – 13a shy of 100 career. Had 2g in game 7 vs Bos https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • mcloki

    That was the series and stupid Domi played the game of his life that night.

  • 4evrblue

    https://twitter.com/mirtle

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/399324129070817280

    Carlyle is starting a first
    line with Raymond-Kadri-Kessel. Bit of a switch up here as he rewards
    Raymond for his play last night.

  • Kouba

    rustynail I would say Kessel earned him that assist lol what a beauty.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    4evrblue he did look good last night

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    4evrblue 
    This could be interesting.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Kouba rustynail 
    That was all Franson – pass was right on the tape; easy pickings for Phil from there on.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Healy; it’s the fucking refs not calling the penalties on Phil

  • Tim Horton

    I AM ORDERING PIZZA!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Tim Horton 
    Haha…I just ate a bowl of beans and weenies.

  • Loric76

    Tim Horton OK…ENJOY IT

  • 4evrblue

    https://twitter.com/mirtle

    https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/399325312397230080

    So https://twitter.com/hockeynight clocked Kessel at nearly 40 km/h during his goal last night.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Tim Horton PEPPERONI?

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook
    They have great food there.  Enjoy!!!

  • Jmessih

    A lot of changes https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/399326003656282112
    Game 7 participants gone or not in the lineup for Leafs tonight: MacArthur, Grabovski, Frattin, Colborne, Komarov, O’Byrne and Liles.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I gotta say…I do like when they have the kids do the introduction and commercial breaks.

  • Jmessih

    Orr as well

  • Mind Bomb

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Tim Horton Tacos and a Scotch here

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/399325312397230080
    So https://twitter.com/hockeynight clocked Kessel at nearly 40 km/h during his goal last night.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    mcloki PMD are the way to combat the Bruins, can’t beat them at their game

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night!

  • Tim Horton

    PEPPERONI – GREEN PEPPER – ONION!