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.
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|Tomas Hertl||Joe Thornton||Brent Burns|
|Patrick Marleau||Logan Couture||Tommy Wingels|
|Martin Havlat||Joe Pavelski||Tyler Kennedy|
|John McCarthy||Andrew Desjardins||Mike Brown|
|Left Defense||Right Defense|
|Justin Braun||Marc-Edouard Vlasic|
|Brad Stuart||Dan Boyle|
|Scott Hannan||Jason Demers|
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.
I'm not upset about this loss. I was disgusted with the game Sat, but I'm fine with this one. Maybe it's because I had a few days to prepare and expect a loss, maybe they looked a little better losing tonight. At least we weren't fucked on a goal! We did have butt load of penalties, but no blatant goals were given or taken away.
@theacs1966 good old Leafs, expecting losses to keep the mind at ease...
I smell a trade happening tomorrow...not sure who, perhaps Gards for a centre, and Gleason or kuly coming in...
@mr_hanie N-n-no. I must have that part of the season blocked out.
My instincts told me not to watch the Buffalo and Montreal games....learned the hard way.
Tonight, i wake up at 930, Leafs lose, Smith plays 19 minutes, Kulemin only 13 minutes, Smithson and FML still in the lineup...and i feel good!
Needless to say, going to be a pleasurably silent next few weeks (with MLHS of course :) )
Guys a lot of bitching going on about tonights lose..All I can say is it wasn't a bad effort but the blame needs to be on RC and wtf he continues to play frazer, and Orr with Smithson? That line was awful and was a result of that game winner tonight,,take also the fact that frazer took a stupid penmalty after a suicide pass and clean hit on Smithson... Would it be that much to ask for by moving Mcclement to the 4th with Ashton and Orr? Atleast smithson and frazer are out of the lineup...hell a line of tootoo -mccment-ashton is a decent 4th line as to what RC keeps playing.
@Yaknowwhat we've all been suggesting this...for weeks...
@rustynail we are seriously done if its any significant length
@Black_Hawk Who dat ??/
@Yaknowwhat Orr can play n my 4th line anytime FML and Smithson nope. FML has been bad this season
@Yaknowwhat Literally ANYBODY. Play the kids. Ashton-Smith-D'Amigo/Broll
Brings a lot more than FML...Ashton plays hard and battles the boards and corners pretty good, hits and skates well...FML can't skate and doesn't even fight anymore...just takes stupid penalties and gives up goals
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Reilly gets a mulligan for the entire season.
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Carlyle sounded a lot more pissed at Orr ,McLareen and Smithson then he did Rielly
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan When Fraser, Ranger, and Franson are still in the lineup, he better get a mulligan!
Anyone else notice that when leafs were dominating the play they were also finishing their checks and playing the body much more. This is key to their game and for some reason don't seem to play it consistently
@Burtonboy thats good news I hope
@Burtonboy hope he can play and doesnt miss any time
The reason Orr and Maclaren are in the lineup is fans demand it . Fans want to see fights rather than goals....keeps the paying customers happy.....