Preview and GDT: Holland’s Landing – Sabres at Maple Leafs (7 p.m.,...

Preview and GDT: Holland’s Landing – Sabres at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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This will be a special night for new Leaf Peter Holland, making his Leaf debut close to home in the ACC on Hockey Night in Canada.

Finding out you’ve been traded the day of, before heading to Toronto to play your first game in the ACC on HNIC just hours later, has to be a combination of exciting and nerve wracking that’s tough to wrap the head around.

He’ll also be playing a bigger role than he’s used to.

Over his four games, Peter Holland had the lowest TOI/game of any player to play for the Anaheim Ducks this season, clocking just above 9 minutes a game. He only received 39 seconds/game on the powerplay, as well.

That will change tonight, as he’s expected to either center Kessel and JvR or Clarkson and Lupul. We’ll know closer to game time. It may seem like asking a lot, but the Leafs are strung out down the middle and it’s against the Sabres. We don’t know for sure if JvR is returning to the wing, but it seems to be time.

The Leafs just have to keep plugging away. The goaltending continues to give them the chance to win, and their effort level wasn’t an issue last night, but the offense is understandably out of sorts. Hopefully the Leafs can break through with their first multi-goal game since their 4-2 win over Calgary at the end of October (yeah, been a while).

James Reimer starts for the Leafs. Jhonas Enroth goes for the Sabres.

A total guess at the lines:
Leafs Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
JvRHollandKessel
LupulSmithClarkson
RaymondMcClementKulemin
AshtonSmithsonOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Rielly?
Starter: Reimer
895 comments
ingy56
ingy56

Nashville spanking Chicago 7-2

Cloud09
Cloud09

Evening gents (and ladies... if you're there) don't remember much aft3r the first period but KULIE scored!! So good win by the boys and off to face those shitty Islanders. 

Wilbur
Wilbur

So with Fraser's injury will RC go with 5 Dmen and 13 forwards? ;)

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

I really wonder if the NHL is going to regret the refs decision to throw out Scott, tonight was a perfect opportunity to finally get it over with, now it's just going to stew until the next game. Plus the fans (you know the ones who pay to watch these games) wanted to see it too, but let's not give them what they want.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

The advanced stats only seem to be active on twitter when the leafs lose. What's up with that?

Lonsmos2
Lonsmos2

We let them get back into it when we started to fight

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

One more game and we hopefully have Bozak and Kadri back

ingy56
ingy56

I have to admit to a wee bit of schadenfreude watching the Oilers..feel bad for Dallas but the rest of the Oiler front office can cook a sock.  

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

So he wasn't feeling right before the game ?

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Black_Hawk Adequate, JVR scored twice with him on the ice so all is well in Leaf nation. 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Lonsmos2 We let them back into the game when we went up 3-0 and decided this one was in the bag. That third period bordered on embarrassing. Looked like the last 10 minutes of game 7 against the Bruins. Just waiting for the other team to beat us.

Zep2
Zep2

@Jmessih Steen must have found a genie in a bottle . Where did this come from

Even wide eyed enthusiast never predicted more than 25 goals for him.

Still, Go Steen Go

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@ingy56 flames vs. oilers. pffff.. The only loser will be the game of hockey