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

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 Hannan Jason 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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1060 comments
theacs1966
theacs1966

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.

whalz
whalz

I smell a trade happening tomorrow...not sure who, perhaps Gards for a centre, and Gleason or kuly coming in...

mr_hanie
mr_hanie

Carlyle is old school stubborn. Remember how he played Holzer was a number 2 D-man last season ???

whalz
whalz

Wow anyone see that Shaw vs Roussell? Fight tonight????

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

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 :) )

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

So....why are we supposedly interested in Kulikov again??  They keep pumping his tires.  Healthy scratch tonight.  Perhaps we are trading Franson for him.

whalz
whalz

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.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

and The NYY signed Ellsbery from BOS

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Jays traded Brad Lincoln if any one cares 

Conis
Conis

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
Burtonboy

Upper body for Bozak ...... so its not the hamstring

loomx
loomx

@Yaknowwhat Literally ANYBODY. Play the kids. Ashton-Smith-D'Amigo/Broll

rustynail
rustynail

@Yaknowwhat Orr can play n my 4th line anytime FML and Smithson nope. FML has been bad this season

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Conis physical play causes turnovers, its what made them successful last season 

whalz
whalz

Should be in the echl ffs

whalz
whalz

Than RC needs to look in the mirror and make better decisions on who to put on that 4th line

loomx
loomx

@Yaknowwhat @loomx We're talking about a guy who played Holzer with Dion for half a season and when that didn't work(edit; after he finally realized it didn't work), his solution? Mike Kostka.

loomx
loomx

@Yaknowwhat @loomx By replacing slow pylons who achieve nothing with faster kids that can actually catch up to people to hit them and play a decent grinding game? Absolutely. Fix it completely? No. But at least you're not shaking in your boots every time you put the 4th line on.

whalz
whalz

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

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@whalz Maybe it's the final straw for them? Give them "one more chance" type thing?