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Morning Mashup: Stars In Town Tonight

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Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin Shake Hands

The Leafs dropped their first December contest to extend the losing streak to five games, and six of the last seven. San Jose hurled 41 shots on the net and James Reimer was pretty good yet again, but it was another game where a poor first period meant that the Leafs were playing catchup all night.

What really stood out on Tuesday night was the pace and puck control an elite team like San Jose sustains throughout the majority of the 60 minutes. The Leafs have shown the capability of dominating stretches of play, but are a ways off of the consistency of the elite teams in the league like the Sharks; or the Kings, Blues and Blackhawks, each of whom the Leafs play in the next week and a half.

It was also another game with more injury fallout. Tyler Bozak left the game for a stretch in the second period and returned briefly, only to leave the game for good and miss the third period. Early indications suggest it’s an upper body injury this time, unrelated a to the hamstring issue that had him on IR in November. Just as Nazem Kadri returns, the Leafs are down another center.

 

Don’t panic yet, but Phil Kessel also left practice early with what is rumoured to be an ailing wrist injury, although that is unconfirmed at this stage. Randy Carlyle didn’t seem to think it would impact his ability to play tonight. Jerred Smithson was waived by the Leafs yesterday and will report to the Toronto Marlies today if he is not claimed by noon, which he almost certainly will not be.

Next up is the Dallas Stars tonight as the tough December marches on.

Some Leafs links on this Wednesday morning:

602 comments
wiski
wiski

Only the 4th visit by Dallas in the last 11 years

TheJFish
TheJFish

Franson in the lineup tonight?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

SportsnetSpec: So scoring is down despite pads reduction. PPs also in decline. Is it time to start talking "illegal defence?" Eliminate icing on PK?

maple1967leafs
maple1967leafs

Too bad our ultimate reserve d-man passed away,Or we could recall Carl Brewer

dlb meh
dlb meh

JVR-Kadri-Kessel (play all game no matter what)

Raymond-Smith-Clarkson (i hate Raymond with Clarkson)

Ashton-Holland-Kulemin (see if the kids can get something going with a steady winger)

D'Amigo-McCLemment-Orr (play McCLemment in the role he flourishes, swap Kuli and Orr to play McC's line in key situations)

anyone know what the real lineup is?

Claymish
Claymish

D'Amigo will inject some determination into our team and will be with us for the rest of the season if he can get in 5 games to prove his worth. He is a lights camera action performer, and will be a rare player who preforms better at the NHL level than AHL level. Reimer was our December present a couple seasons ago, D'Amigo is this years, mark my words.

whalz
whalz

so rumours about Kulikov going to Avs or Caps..??? guess Nonis is staying away for now and looking at possible centres?

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

LEAFS WIN TONIGHT..........that is all

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

markhmasters: After 3+ seasons w Marlies, Jerry D'Amigo may make Leaf debut: "Hopefully I'm not too nervous & fall down a few times here," he joked

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

This might have appeared before, but:markhmasters: Rielly, -3 on Tues, on being called over by Carlyle for chat: "I was a little frightened, but I think that was a pretty natural response

"It's like when you get called in after class to talk to your teacher ... but he was great. Kept it positive."

.""He told me to play the game hard (even) if I'm chipping pucks off the glass chip it hard"

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

looks like leafsnation.com are selling their own shirts and hoodies

wiski
wiski

Got a chuckle out of this 

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

I just hope beyond Hope that the refs call it fair tonight and Kerrt Frazier still sucs

Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

Question. With the cap going up... Markov....? anybody.... Markov?

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

which network has the game tonight? 

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Xxxxxnew 

was it howie meeker seeking to penalize shot blocking?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Put Carlyle in for his offence/meanness on the back end.

dlb meh
dlb meh

@Claymish 

Ashton's better and he's not getting much ice time despite playing well when he gets a chance.  D'Amigo better show a set or he'll be sent down soon.

wiski
wiski

@Claymish Strangely enough I feel the same way, I tweeted him earlier today saying so 

ingy56
ingy56

@Burtonboy Someone tell him it's 2 for 1 night in the Platinum Lounge

BPsotka
BPsotka

@whalz I like a three way trade: Kulikov to Col; Duchene to Tor; FML + Fraser to Florida.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Carlyle had a three-season stretch in Pittsburgh where he was over a point-per-game pace while at the same time recording 370 penalty minutes. No, Mario wasn't there yet. Play like Randy.

ingy56
ingy56

@wiski If Gretzky comes he'd be the #1 center. I mean right now. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

If we were further along in solidifying ourselves on forward, especially C, he'd be a guy to use for a couple years. But he's 35 now. Leaf fans hate anyone over 30.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Jmessih He will get away with murder tonight.  Go hog wild Antoine!

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Could be. Years ago with the light equipment it wasn't always an option. Today these guys are wearing Iron Man armour so everyone is a blockade out there.