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

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

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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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803 comments
deedrag
deedrag

My only concern tonight is if the players are buying Randy's system. It's starting to appear like many aren't because of the losses maybe or something behind the scenes. I don't know but they seem to have lost that fire from last year almost like, hey I proved my worth last year so I can coast this year. Wow as much as everyone has taken jabs at our centers you sure miss them when they're not there. The Kessel line is hurting like crazy for a center. It seems Kessel is lost lately without a proper center. But on a bright note most of the defence has raised their game except for Franson. Lol and up until recently we were all trolling on Ranger and Gards play. They sure showed us lately. Anyways don't sweat it fans, we were feasting on the other teams tears, now we're in a famine period. Soon the torrential rain of tears will come again and we will feast once more.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

I don't think its time to panic, but I do think it may be a good time to go to Garth Snow and offer Reimer and Liles for Strome and Nabakov.  Bernier is the real thing. Reimer's numbers can't get much better.  If we wait, the Isles will get Hillier or another Ducks goalie. Isles have a glut at centre (imagine) and may go for it

Zep2
Zep2

In the words of Paul Simon 

Slip sliding away, slip sliding away , you know you're just slip sliding away

Or something like that . Good nite folks

theacs1966
theacs1966

We are fucked if we don't acquire a Centre, soon.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Ah we should have won, out played them, out chanced them, just one of those games.  Im over it.

juliesucks
juliesucks

Is there a definite timeline on Boazak's return?

loomx
loomx

Taken from HFBoards. And some people defend Franson?

Goals against per 60 minutes (at even strength):


Franson - 3.47
Gunnarsson - 1.89
Phaneuf - 1.50
Ranger - 1.26
Gardiner - 1.24

loomx
loomx

Only two points away from not having a playoff spot. But that's ok with some people here.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle

12s

Leafs got Leafed tonight. Way ahead in possession metrics. Sabres just blocked tons of attempts and got strong night from Miller.

Stat boys happy or even more confused 

gjdevlin
gjdevlin

Some one mentioned about Versteeg going back to Chicago. I was glad to see him gone from Toronto. I never liked his work ethic and one can see why teams trade him really quickly - Philly then Florida...

rustynail
rustynail

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle

5m

Ben Scrivens posts his second shutout of the season tonight, improving his save percentage to .940. Kings likely fine without Quick for bit.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

And the Turds are beating Boston . Wow if they win it will be the 1st time since 2009 they beat the Bruins at home 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Loric76 Bold move!  I just checked 5 minutes ago and he had let in 3.

Jay31
Jay31

@Loric76 Funny because they had to give away an actually serviceable defenseman just to fit Bryzgoalgive under their cap

whalz
whalz

I think we see another stinker...especially if the big guns don't get going...after another loss to Buff panic will set in for leaf nation,,,hard to win games when they caant score., lups, kessel, clarkson, jvr and raymond have been Shooting blanks like the just got a vasectomy

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Jmessih ya basically..........we outplayed Buffalo tonight just didn't get the win, look at the Corsi

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Zep2 Slip sliding away, slip sliding away , you know the nearer the destination the more you're  slip sliding away

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@theacs1966 Trevor Smith got more elite scoring chances than Bozak would have gotten this game.  Sure it would be nice to have no injuries, but it could be worse, we could have all grown up in Buffalo.

LucienDeblois
LucienDeblois

@juliesucks The end of the month. Since he was put on LTIR he can't play until the time frame is satisfied.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@loomx 

Yeah he apologized to Bernier right after he cleared the puck to Ott for the goal.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@loomx And the Pens are only 3 and the Bruins are only 4 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@loomx should we march in the streets?  faint?  we've missed playoffs before

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@loomx Only 2 weeks away from December, but that's ok with some people.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@peterbleafs @theacs1966 He played well.  He is a good point producer in the A, it never makes sense to me to pull up your most skilled Centre from the farm and play him 5 minutes.  Put him on the first or second line, it's where he's used to playing.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Yaknowwhat @theacs1966 I don't know who, but this aint working.  JVR hasn't got a point since moving to Centre.  Maybe Nono is waiting to do a deal for ROR in Jan or Feb, but we need a stop gap measure now.

loomx
loomx

@Burtonboy @loomx And we're in free fall and they are not. They also didn't just play the worst team in the league

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@loomx @Burtonboy Not when we are 4rd in the conference and it the middle of November with our 3 top centers out but 2 of them returning in 2 games  I'm not 

loomx
loomx

@Burtonboy @loomx We've seen this act before though. Good October, season crushing November. You can't tell me you're not a little bit nervous?

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@loomx @Burtonboy Take it easy, wow. hard to beat ANY team in this league with your top 3 centers out. Did anyone really think this was going to be easy, worst team or not? Never mind the Leafs never win in Buff.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@loomx @Burtonboy You do realize things change very quickly in thsi league right  . Step back from the ledge bud