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

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The Sharks enter this game 18-3-5, and are 9-1-2 against fellow Pacific Division opponents, which is easily the strongest division in the NHL. They enter winners of five straight.

This is a dominant team with a deeeeep lineup.

Projected Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
Tomas HertlJoe ThorntonBrent Burns
Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureTommy Wingels
Martin HavlatJoe PavelskiTyler Kennedy
John McCarthyAndrew DesjardinsMike Brown
Left DefenseRight Defense
Justin BraunMarc-Edouard Vlasic
Brad StuartDan Boyle
Scott HannanJason Demers
Goalies
Starter: Niemi

How can the Leafs beat them? Well, it begins and ends between the pipes with James Reimer, one would think. The Leafs are shorthanded and are the inferior team, so the answer to closing the gap is cliched – ‘outwork them.’ Playing without the puck a lot, which is almost ensured, means ramping up the physical play will be necessary to try to create separation.

Hey, even the Sharks once had a 0-1-4 stretch once, right? These guys are human.

Nazem Kadri won’t play tonight in order to be with his family after the passing of his grandfather. Cody Franson is a game time decision.

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  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Shift_Disturber1 i…i thought I was the only one

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Shift_Disturber1 Dangle_My_Berries almost time to sit back and watch…..just watch and observe

  • newkb

    ** Peeks around corner **

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    newkb don’t be shy….its safe to come out…..pull up a chair!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    BOLLAND!!!!! COULD BE SKATING IN 2-3 WEEKS!!!

  • ProfessorRance

    Dangle_My_Berries No way?!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ProfessorRance Dangle_My_Berries yup, McLean just said he’s on track to return quicker then expected!

  • ProfessorRance

    Dangle_My_Berries ProfessorRance That’s great news. I wont hold my breath but Im going to hope for the best. I just hope he comes back healthy and ready to go.

  • LeafsForLife

    Dangle_My_Berries Thats truly fantastic news!

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1 I was all alone in the other thread