Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Canadiens (7 p.m., CBC)

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens
Photo: Getty Images, NHLI

There’s no such thing as a “must-win” in November, but boy do the Leafs need a win tonight.

Through 26 games this season, the Leafs and Habs have an identical 14-9-3 record but Montreal is 6-2-2 in their last 10 while Toronto 3-4-3. Both teams lost after regulation last night (Montreal lost to Washington 3-2 in a shootout), so there’s no “tired” excuse for either club tonight. And Montreal was in Washington, meaning they had to travel as well.

The month of November hasn’t been kind to the Leafs as they are 4-5-3, but they can at least break 500 with a win tonight.

There are some changes being hinted at for the Leafs line-up and some interesting things will be to watch Kadri’s and Franson’s ice time as both didn’t play that much yesterday (14:13 and 15:56 respectively). We’ll post the lines when they come in, but regardless of what they are the Leafs need to play a good game here and start feeling confident about their game again.

The Leafs won their first game against the Habs in Montreal and after tonight have one more game remaining in Montreal (March 1st).

Odds are that Bernier is starting tonight because Reimer did yesterday, but Henny tweeted Reimer arrived to the rink first so we’ll find out in due time. The Habs started Budaj last night, unfortunately, so chances are they get Price in tonight.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Go Leafs Go.

Franson is hurt:

989 comments
deedrag
deedrag

Wait a sec, didn't the leafs slide before when Lupul was out?


Luke_R
Luke_R

Clarson REALLLY dissapointing... not even playing like a quality third liner right now

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

I still believe in Reimer over Bernier. Reimer is a money goalie...Bernier ...I still do not trust, He has given the weakest goals, by being unfocused. The one from the other blue line against Carolina was a You Tube hit....

Zep2
Zep2

On the bright side of things , in the Rielly/galynchuk competition, Rielly looked like the better player. BB might have been right 

juliesucks
juliesucks

I don't see the point in centering out Kadri. The entire team has been bad, except probably Dion. How about Kessel? He hardly looks worth 8 Mil. One of the laziest players on the ice at times. Lupul was terrible for a good stretch of games too. Don't even get me started on Clarkson...

whalz
whalz

We've won 3 gms this month? Not sure how much Longer Nonis can watch this and be patient...either get a new coach or make a trade or two.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Not to dump on  Kadri, still believe he will turn it around, but Grabovski, is playing better than Kadri right now....

Zep2
Zep2

The Leafs went through October  with a horse shoe stuck up their ass. Now Lady Luck is giving them the finger

At 4-1 against the pens , Clarksons wraparound hits the post  dead on, that goes in its game over

Tonite , at 2-0 , after Dions disallowed goal, Kessel hits the post in the exact same spot. 


Roenick72
Roenick72

Team chemistry is poor. Remember how Kadri came on HNIC coaches corner and said the reason he is successful is because of these 2 guys, pointing to Orr and mclearn. That's not happening this year.

rockydundas
rockydundas

I'm OK with Kadri...i think he'll be fine and is going to get better over time...translated, I wouldn't be so quick to give up on him. HOWEVER... he's prime trade bait material. So is Franson, Reimer etc. Nobody should be exempt actually and I'm not just saying this because we've lost a few games...that's the way the business works. Buy low, sell high. It;s why we got Sundin for Clark when we did...

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

I also find it interesting that Kadri has never been used on the shootout...just like Grabo last year...pretty sure Carlyle not too pleased by Kadri's floating around, recently...he was dropped to the 3rd line against Habs...Trevor Smith looked better than Kadri...Smith is an AHL player !!!!!

Cloud09
Cloud09

I guess I need a game in 10 or someone to explain what happened. Trade Kadri?? Dion walked out?? WTF happened tonight?

Mcost61
Mcost61

NHL Officiating Translated: Leafs will always have tons of revenue, win or lose. Fans will come. Help the other teams to win

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Jmessih Was it St. Pierre? I mixed him up with the other ref.

Was there a ref from Toronto in the game? Not Ontario, specially Toronto. They are not one and the same. Quebec hate for Toronto is.

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

@Jmessih Rooney the worst ref in the NHL was the other ref......

Jay31
Jay31

@lukethenuke i think clarkson's struggling because he's not suited to play with skill guys like kadri

he needs to play with other muckers and grinders


mr_hanie
mr_hanie

@lukethenuke Kadri and Clackson do not mesh...Kadri is a rusher while Clarkson is a mucker. Clarkson needs a gritty centerman

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Zep2 Not sure who would complain about choosing Reilly in the 5th spot. He's going to be good.

Mcost61
Mcost61

@juliesucks You have fast scoring players and you want them to muck around in D zone and wait for breaks. Not sure that's the answer

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Like I said, he is tanking for Wiggins :)

rockydundas
rockydundas

@mr_hanie But if you're a playmaking center, who would you want on your wing...Clarkson or Ovechkin? 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@mr_hanie I like Grabo but let's not compare he and his situation with Kadri. Apples and buses.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Roenick72 Leafs forecheck is non existent. Can't strike fear into the opponent if all you do is chase them and the puck.

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Roenick72 No swagger now, confidence is shot. Seems we are afraid to play.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@rockydundas I'll be very interested to see what Nonis does if this death spiral continues into the New Year.  Will the Leafs become sellers? Myself, I hope he gets ambitious and tries to put toghethert that package for a young but very promising centre

rockydundas
rockydundas

@mr_hanie I agree but I'm not sure who that is. Kadri, Reimer and, say, Biggs would bring in quite a package but from who and for what? I'm not sure, but it would be great to see a blockbuster like that. On the other hand, if we just start winning, we'll all feel differently!

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

A player like Gallager is a pest, in your face player, has surpassed Kadri...a damn shame

Mcost61
Mcost61

@TheCanucksnaphook Seems we try to play rough, the refs screw us, other teams play rough, the refs screw us. Getting difficult to be calm here

LargusMeans
LargusMeans

@Mcost61 100% correct, no need for the riches team in the league to make the big show.  Far too many small fish struggling that do need to be there.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Mcost61 And that's it sadly. The NHL is a business first and foremost. Why save Pitts TWICE? Nevermind the other shitty franchises.  I wonder if things will change once Bettman is out and a Canadian is put in. Also Jacobs dying will help the NHL huge.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@mr_hanie @lukethenuke Perhaps when Lupul is back, Clarkson goes to the third line. Kulemin, Bolland Clarkson is an amazing third line. Raymond Kadri, Lupul sounds right for the second. Clarkson is in over his head right now

ConnorCrisp
ConnorCrisp

Can't gel when your linemates change every shift

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@MaxwellHowe @rockydundas If you take what Nonis says at face value that he thinks the team is "2 years away", he not going to rush anything, it's not like they are the Canucks, the window hasn't even begun to close. Open is an entirely different matter saved for another say :)

rockydundas
rockydundas

@Cloud09 @rockydundas Clark just had a career year and his value was never higher. That's why we got Sundin for him...it wouldn't have happened after that year or a couple of years before either. Kadri is still young and that's why his value is high. If he hasn't progressed any further in two years his value will be way down. If you think it's what you see is what you get then NOW may be the time to move him.