Monday Mashup: Bozak set to return?

Monday Mashup: Bozak set to return?

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The Leafs pulled out a win in the shootout Saturday over Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to move to 14-8-1 on the season, good enough for second place in the Atlantic division. Sitting three points back of the Boston Bruins and in a tie with Tampa (Leafs ahead on goal differential tie-breaker), this week is an important one for the Leafs as they approach a real tough stretch of games in early December. This week sees Columbus in town Monday, Wednesday at Pittsburgh, and closing with a back-to-back in Buffalo and Montreal, Friday and Saturday respectively.

Pulling points out of the games this week will be vital for the Leafs to maintain their position in the division, with Columbus, Buffalo and Montreal all sitting below Toronto in the standings. Despite the fairly ridiculous slew of injuries the Leafs have withstood through the first quarter of the season, the Leafs have managed to get by on a combination of arguably the strongest goaltending tandem in the league and, while maybe not recently, timely scoring. James Reimer was incredible on Saturday, only beaten on a pretty insane shot from Ovechkin in the third period. The ever-popular Tyler Bozak will likely make his return on Monday after being a somewhat surprising late scratch for Saturday’s game. Head Coach Randy Carlyle has been consistently rolling new acquisition Peter Holland out with JVR and Kessel, but that will likely come to an end as soon as Bozak is ready to play.

It will be interesting to see what the deployment will be for Holland with Bozak back in the lineup. If Carlyle wants to maintain his shutdown line going forward with McClement, Kulemin and Raymond, it wouldn’t shock me to see Holland sent to the Marlies while McClement and Smithson run the third and fourth lines and Bozak and Kadri occupy the middle on the first and second lines. While Holland’s game is far from complete, he has shown flashes of the skill that caught the scouts’ attention leading up to the 2009 draft where he was taken 15th overall. Management may decide that refining his game in the AHL in big, all situations minutes is the way to go with Holland, but that is a decision to make once Bozak is back in the lineup.

A note on Anthony’s Notebook: with four games this week and one tonight, Anthony is posting tomorrow.

Some  Leafs links for your Monday:

The Leafs’ “hang-back plan”…is that what we’re calling the system now?  Mirtle on the Leafs continuing success against the grain.

Shoalts has the Saturday post-game for the Globe this week

Traikos at the National Post on Grabovski’s return to the city that bought him out this past summer

Jonas Siegel of TSN has his always excellent post game story from Saturday’s win.

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110 comments
deedrag
deedrag

I'm on the fence with this one.  Bozak isn't a bad player but on the other hand he's also not that super star 1c we would like to have. I think we need a different approach here. Maybe we need to strengthen our defence to help Dion instead. This might prove wiser with the two top goalies we got running now.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Is there anything redeeming about columbus in toronto on a freezing monday night>?  Seriously.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

I just have to comment.. changing to Christmas avatars seemed a bit lame.. but now seeing how hot most of the ladies in the avatars are.. I really have grown to like it a lot!!!!

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

I posit that we miss Bolland more than we miss Bozak.

What do y'all think of them apples ;P

mcloki
mcloki

Good Morning Gents. Excellent I didn't know that a game was on tonight. That's awesome.

Hope everyone is warm and comfy thi morning. Its really cold here in TO. And I heard it snowed on other parts of Ontario.

Take care.


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

I bet Bernier was saying to himself . Well Reims you just took it up another notch and is itching to get back in . This whole situation is dammed fascinating to watch . A battle of epic proportions lol

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@deedrag I am also on the fence.....maybe Bozak will come back and play very well with Kessel and that is all the matters.  Lines 2 and 3 are pretty solid right now.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Burtonboy i feel like this is directed at me for some reason Alec. LOL

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@mcloki  Morning MC, snowed all around me here, London got Dumped on, we got nothing 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy   So Bernier gets the easier BJ's tonight :), and Reims gets Pitsburg ?


Great Dane
Great Dane

@Burtonboy And that is why Nonis should go out and a center for JVR and Kessel and another shutdown d-man. We have a windows of 2-3 years to get a cup running Reimer and Bernier

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Mind Bomb I shall try and keep that in mind....I have been to one other CBJ game at the ACC and it was like a library inside the building.  Hope its not similar this time.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@ingy56 Ahhh she would love to attend a game at the ACC.  She was already down at the Ricoh last month ;)

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy  I originally said it would be Reimer again tonight then alternate Bernier, Reimer Bernier.. but at this point I do not think anyone can guess... fans, goalies or even Carlyle

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@CanuckUKinToronto @Mind Bomb @Burtonboy I still say Carlyle is doing it on purpose and snickering afterwards. I agree and would run Reimer tonight and wednesday, but they will not let golden boy sit till the weekend 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @Mind Bomb  Yep, and I dont have time at work here, But I would like to see one of our illustrious bloggers, put together something that shows who Reims has faced and record, as opposed to who Bernie has faced and record 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@MaxwellHowe Agree - we just need another Gunnar nothing more that should be possible to acquire.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Great Dane I'm not convinced the big time dman is what the Leafs need.  Our defence has been playing well. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Great Dane @Cameron19 @Burtonboy Problem is that no one gives two shits about our 2014 1st rounder, and teams that might be willing to move something for the 2015 1st rounder don't have top centers.