GDT: Maple Leafs at Sabres (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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TORONTO, ON- SEPTEMBER 22 - Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk would get a goal tender interference penalty for running over Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel looks on in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, September 22, 2013. Steve Russell/Toronto Star

Jonathan Bernier starts in net. Trevor Smith will play between Lupul and Clarkson on line two (he’s never received much more than 5 minutes from Carlyle, so this will be interesting).

Carlyle: “We can’t expect Trevor Smith to come up and put him on our fourth line. It’s unfair to him in this situation. When we had other people ahead of him, we had Bozak, we had Bolland, it’s a little bit different, but in tonight’s situation he’s going to play a prominent role in an offensive line.”

GO LEAFS GO!

Lines: Leafs vs. Sabres, November 15th, 2013.
Leafs Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
RaymondJvRKessel
LupulSmithClarkson
AshtonMcClementKulemin
McLarenSmithsonOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Starter: Bernier
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  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/401492090237906944
    As expected, Jonathan Bernier starts tonight in Buffalo. Bernier is 0-2-0 career against the Sabres with an .846 save percentage.

  • BERNYAY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ2HcRl4wSk

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GO BOYS!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Wow Rob Ray is an idiot.

  • GreekGod

    Alec Brownscombe 
    What’s he saying?

  • Knights2Leafs

    Alec Brownscombe 
    lol – I first read that as Rob Ford and thought wtf else has he done.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/401494192246898688
    Trevor Smith lined up with Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson.

  • rustynail

    wiski  OUCH he better improve those stats tonight

  • Alec Brownscombe

    wiski WE KNOW JONAS

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

    Christine’s looking fine tonight.

  • wiski

    Alec Brownscombe wiski OOOOps 😉

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

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafshttps://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/401492588441513985
    Leafs Nation! RT https://twitter.com/BonsieTweets: Looks more like a Leaf home game in Buffalo https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tmltalk&src=hash http://t.co/kb2krrwGQK

  • Knights2Leafs

    GreekGod
    Thinks Carlyle should start the game with McLaren and Orr.  Get a fight or two out of the way early and the game will settle down. Not sure if that’s what Alec meant.

  • LeafsForLife

    ingy56 Lots of Blue(seats).

  • rustynail

    where the hell is Phook with his bad feeling we could use it tonight

  • Alec Brownscombe

    rustynail I said I had a Phooking bad feeling on Wednesday and it just didn’t work the same.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    rustynail god forbid he’s got a good feeling tonight …

  • rustynail

    Knights2Leafs GreekGod after the NHL just warned both teams

  • LeafsForLife

    rustynail I think Buffalo should have a bad feeling tonight. lol.

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

    rustynail I hate Friday games in Buffalo if it’s any consolation. I’m sure I’m not alone.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Alec Brownscombe
    hey, it wasn’t too bad considering the refereeing.  That was like a win.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe rustynail only Phook has the power and he has deserted us for frigging golf

  • rustynail

    ingy56 rustynail I just hate Buffalo

  • LeafsForLife

    I thought i wouldnt say this but, hope we get Bozak back soon.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Spank these little tiger cats, boys!

  • LeafsForLife

    rustynail ingy56 Hope they fall on their own sabres.

  • wiski

    rustynail He’s in florida me thinks

  • lilgrnmen17

    Maybe a silly question, haven’t lived in Ontario in a number of years, but will Sportsnet broadcast online? Trying out a new vpn service to watch the game.

  • LeafsForLife

    Jeez Scabs at Columbus and Boston at Turds tonight. Not sure who to cheer for in the 2nd game.

  • Jordan29

    LeafsForLife Lots of injuries

  • wiski

    lilgrnmen17 Negative

  • LeafsForLife

    Jordan29 LeafsForLife Yes excellent idea. THx man.

  • lilgrnmen17

    wiski bah, crappy first row i guess

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

    LeafsForLife Man, if one of those cannons go off in CBUS, there’ll be Habs laying all over the ice.

  • lilgrnmen17

    wiski ooo, looks good, thanks wiski

  • wiski

    lilgrnmen17 wiski NP hd quality you’ll like it. 😉

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

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/401494516860858368
    Projected Lines vs. BUF: Raymond-JVR-Kessel. Lupul-Smith-Clarkson. Ashton-McClement-Kulemin. McLaren-Smithson-Orr.

  • lilgrnmen17

    wiski had no idea this site existed, moving to Czech Republic soon, that could be a life saver

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56 man…what a patchwork….thank god we have some solid skill at the winger position

  • wiski

    lilgrnmen17 wiski He does all the leaf games, hope team Canada aswell

  • Alec Brownscombe

    ingy56 I think this is the right idea given the hand we’re dealt. Be nice to have Rielly in but I guess Carlyle is preparing in case.

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

    Dangle_My_Berries ingy56 Gotta get them the puck though…it should work out as long as the big guys come to play.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe ingy56 I wish we move JVR off center, he and Kessel have not done much since he moved to center

  • Jordan29

    Not sure I would have played Bernier tonight. I know he played well but Reimer has been better against the sabres didnt he?

  • lilgrnmen17

    wiski yeah definitely hope the olympics. I used to buy the NHL package, but they blackout so many Leafs games it’s not worth it, rarely do you get a saturday night game

  • Gozo

    The question for tonight.Are the LEAFS able to win tonight?????

  • Alec Brownscombe

    rustynail Alec Brownscombe ingy56 No choice, really.

  • rustynail

    Jordan29 LeafsForLife and suspensions

  • LeafsForLife

    ingy56 Im not a fan of Raymond playing that front line. Would rather have Lupul there and put Raymond on 2nd line. I dont think Raymond handles puck very well. He seems to lose the puck more times than not.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Jordan29 back to back, reimer gets home start tomorrow