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
  • Biltmore

    Good luck Peter, good luck Leafs.

  • LeafsForLife

    I think the results will be much better tonight. 
    Looking forward to seeing Holland playing for the Leafs.
    Go Leafs GO!!!

  • BigM27

    Shows Granberg, Percy and Finn are ahead of Blacker in eyes of management, better upside and fills dire need although sounds like McKegg has a fire lit under his arse today, good for Nonis

  • Alec Brownscombe

    To whoever requested Holland’s Landing in the title – there you go.

  • peterbleafs

    Biltmore Thanks Biltmore!

  • 4evrblue

    Alec Brownscombe It’s a nice title. Excited to see Holland play, obviously not expecting the world from him, just saying it’s always fun to watch new players in the blue and white

  • GreekGod

    No doubt this is how Peter Holland must feel tonight…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6hmQwfEmzc

  • Zep2

    For the love of God Randy, free Morgan Rielly

  • TuckerForPunishment

    GreekGod Lets hope he finds his happy thought.

  • 4evrblue

    Zep2 Tweet it!!!!

  • wendelsway1

    Nolan and Miller be damned……Leafs are taking this one…..in regulation.    Welcome to TO, Holland……great to have ya!…….GO LEAFS GO……LET’S START A RIOT!!!

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

  • dlb eh

    CanuckUKinToronto 
    i’ve been calling him a poor man’s Jeff Carter all day because no one’s told me to shut up lol
    he’s got good size, can skate, doesn’t use his size and compete hard every shift…sound familiar?  he’s got a nice shot by the look and sound of it.

  • dlb eh

    4evrblue
    yes.  and tweet it just like that.  For the love of God  God has a Rielly sweater.

  • dlb eh

    BigM27 
    or ANA wanted Blacker

  • dlb eh

    wendelsway1 
    lol, no YOU’RE a riot

  • wendelsway1

    dlb eh wendelsway1 As are you, dlb…..lol  :)

  • dlb eh

    Gunnarsson went from looking like he’d be out for a month to not missing a shift.  guy’s got rubber bones.
    i want to see more Rielly and more Ashton
    satisfy me

  • 4evrblue

    dlb eh CanuckUKinToronto I can’t think of a better player to compare him to based on the reports alone. Maybe we’ll see shades of a different player once we see him play for a few games?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    dlb eh I’m gonna be hurting for a month after just watching.  OUCH!!

  • dlb eh

    4evrblue
    i wish i could credit someone for suggesting it.  but truth is…it was me.  lol

  • wendelsway1

    CanuckUKinToronto Yes please……top shelf cheddar!!

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Rielly better be back in tonight. What’s the point in sitting him out for Orr and McLaren if they’re just going to puss out like they did last night?

  • 4evrblue

    dlb eh BigM27 this deal reminds me of Caputi for Deschamps but those two seemed to be all but out of NHL potential. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Holland and Blacker

  • wiski

    CanuckUKinToronto Another Gards would be nice.

  • GreekGod

    leafersutherland 
    Do I have to post the video of Orr beating up Scott? Shanahan called both teams before the game last night. Only reason why Orr or MacClaren didn’t drop the gloves.

  • Zep2

    4evrblue Zep2 I don’t have an account

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    GreekGod leafersutherland Then why play them?

  • Loric76

    I see one of two things happening tonight.  Scott goes after Holland, Holland pummels him, instant hero.  Or, Scott goes after Holland, Orr steps in and pummels him, Holland goes on to score a hattie, instant hero.
    Those are the only two scenario’s possible, everything else is gibberish.

  • dlb eh

    4evrblue
    Aulie – Ashton
    Paradis – Tlusty
    Earl – Hamilton
    sometimes you shuffle the deck and get an Ace.  other times…

  • Loric76

    leafersutherland GreekGod cause neither coach trusts the other to listen to Shannahan

  • dontcallmeshirley

    Got to get rid of Holland. There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch

  • dlb eh

    my arse smells like dog farts right now.  ooohh…i had an arena dog earlier today.  nevermind.  solved it.
    smells awful but i can’t get enough

  • Burtonboy

    McKegg is having a big game . 2 goals and an Apple

  • dlb eh

    dontcallmeshirley
    ironic

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Holland trade has every Marlies C looking over his shoulder

  • loomx

    leafersutherland That’s not the issue. Rielly should be playing over Fraser, Ranger, and Franson(in that order).

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Loric76 leafersutherland GreekGod Nor should they.
    Leafs could have easily compensated both their guys to not heed Shanahan’s warnings and set a message that hasn’t been sent all season by this club… “Last year’s penalty minutes were no fluke”.

  • Loric76

    dlb eh dontcallmeshirley moronic?

  • GreekGod

    leafersutherland GreekGod 
    Our fourth line wasn’t the problem last night. They were hitting and cycling the puck. If you are looking to pass blame on the loss then look at our top scoring players who have been struggling the past 4 games. Which IMO makes sense considering we are down 3 centers.

  • rustynail

    Holland up to 8800 followers

  • rustynail

    Loric76 Burtonboy or with Smith and Smithson gone he has an opportunity

  • vinoa

    dontcallmeshirleylol Goldmember!! Knew I heard that somewhere!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ882QYzr-M

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    GreekGod leafersutherland Which is probably why you put in every possibly offensive weapon you have to try and make up for it.

  • Loric76

    leafersutherland Loric76 GreekGod how about “Colton, Fraser, we had way more fighting majors at this point last season.  Tonight we need to catch up.”

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail A goal tonight and that will double :)

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy rustynail quadruple

  • Loric76

    vinoa dontcallmeshirley lol

  • dlb eh

    Loric76
    oh so now it’s funny eh?  lol

  • Loric76

    rustynail he started with 47 this morning lol

  • Loric76

    dlb eh Loric76 was above too lol