Morning Mashup: Stars In Town Tonight

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:

534 comments
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

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?

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

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? 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

who would win a Subban for Makkinon deal? 

The Toronto Maple Leaf
The Toronto Maple Leaf

Fantasy question: I have both fleury and niemi who are playing each other tonight. Who do I play?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

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

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!

JWaterdrager
JWaterdrager

Doesn't matter bezza, I'll take the win anyway

NotSince67
NotSince67

@The Toronto Maple Leaf See, I used to play in a head-to-head weekly pool. You could play both and you were guaranteed to pick up a win, and you just hoped for a low scoring game, haha.

They gave me the boot when I finished the reg season first overall even with Sidney Crosby set on the shelf for the second half with a concussion (in that absolutely torrid year where he was almost at 2 PPG)

NotSince67
NotSince67

@Pent_House Sometime, IDK why, but with jersey #42, I see him on off days baked off his face playing CoD and stealing Kessel's cookies out of the jar.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Pent_House Carlyle might have been hinting at something like that . He praised Kessel for his preparation and ability to play through injury and said there were others on the team who he wished were the same 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Pent_House i say it is more bad luck then anything. He was never injured much before this season 

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.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@Jmessih @NotSince67 @dlb eh @Black_Hawk IMO, he's got a winger's skill set. But Karlsson isn't really playing sheltered minutes and until Methot emerged as a guy who could eat minutes they leaned on him pretty heavily. In his 3rd NHL season his defensive shortcomings were far less apparent though, possibly due to goaltending.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@Jmessih @dlb eh @Black_Hawk I lived in Ottawa for 6 years and I visit a lot. I watched a LOT of Karlsson, he's a pretty special talent. IMO he's miles ahead offensively, and quietly he's got a very good stick which makes up for his soft play.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Jmessih @Black_Hawk @dlb eh yeah it would be very hard decision. Makkinon looks like he will great but subban already won a norris so he technically is a franchise D.