Home Game Day Preview & GDT: Stars at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

Preview & GDT: Stars at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Leafs vs Stars

The Leafs look to pick up their first win in five games tonight against the Dallas Stars. The Stars are 10th in the west with a 13-9-4 record, but some of below-average teams in the West would probably be good teams in the East. I caught parts of a couple of Stars games this season and this is a fast team.

Jerry D’Amigo received his first ever call up after four seasons with the Marlies and is expected to play on the Leafs’ 4th line tonight.

It seems Colton Orr is injured, and there is no word yet as to whether or not Frazer McLaren will dress for the Leafs. The Leafs waived Jerred Smithson and recalled D’Amigo though, so it seems Randy Carlyle is starting to get the idea after getting smacked over the head with the dangerous realities of icing a boat anchor fourth line, with a banged-up lineup, against a deep team like the San Jose Sharks.

Many fans have been waiting to see D’Amigo after some beastly playoff performances for the Marlies 2012 and again in 2013. He has been a 30-40 point player in the regular season, but has 21 points in 26 AHL playoff games.

D’Amigo will likely get some penalty killing time given Smithson is now with the Marlies and Tyler Bozak is out tonight. Hopefully D’Amigo has McClement and maybe Ashton as linemates to give him something to work with in terms of a cycle line.

Phil Kessel will play, Joffrey Lupul won’t. Jonathan Bernier starts. Tyler Seguin is in for the Dallas Stars. Stephane Robidas is out for a long time for the Stars.

We’ll know the lines closer to puck drop.

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dontcallmeshirley
dontcallmeshirley

Rc should have dressed 7 d and double shift some one on the 4th in place of McL to spread out the minutes.

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

Bob (Big Daddy) McGill really is a lousy talking head.  Then again, Leafs TV sucks in general.  I really dislike McGill though (and Osbourne).  Good thing Andi jumped ship.

LeafFan15
LeafFan15

Gardiner-Phaneuf

Gunnarson-Franson

Reilly-Fraser


We shall try this one day

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

There is no D. Bumbling and stumbling, chaotic covering and chasing. A win is a win, but man, can't shoot and can't defend. So sad, but JVR stoodout along with Bernier IMO

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

Good win by the Leafs. They made it interesting though.

Things that stood out for me. 

They kept skating the whole game and we got points from our defence. Seems we were missing this from our defence.

Awesome game by Naz for his grandfather.

Bernier looked terrific.

Phaneuf is rock solid for us. WOW!

whalz
whalz

heres one to chew on, Nonis is gonna end up coughing up a 2nd rd pick for Holland who played what 5mins tonight? fukin RC playng MCclement too much

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Full disclosure - I'm a fan of Gardiner.  But no one can question that his game has been growing better and better each game - and he was very good tonite

loomx
loomx

Can't believe we're going to give up a 2nd rounder because Holland gets played 5 minutes a game. What's the point? D'Amigo 4 minutes. McLaren 3 minutes. Absolutely ridiculous.

Dink
Dink

nite all ..maybe that will help the team


Tim Horton
Tim Horton

Going to go see the leafs in Ottawa on Saturday. Keep up the streak boys!

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

I feel like the amazing Kreskin with my predictions tonight.. said we win in OT and that we needed 3 to win

LucienDeblois
LucienDeblois

Honestly can't believe Franson though. Fucking awful. RC really needs to sit him down for a bit, bloody awful.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Imagine we had Toskala in net for games like this. Oh boy. Lol. 

rustynail
rustynail

what a surly group after a fucking win

wiski
wiski

WTF is this with the flag

Dink
Dink

so now what? 

loomx
loomx

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The only thing LTV does better is showing the 3 stars of the game. It's an irrelevant thing, but much better than having the crown royal 3 stars.

Jay31
Jay31

@LeafFan15 I think i'd rather see ranger in though. Fraser's knee has just finished him

PeterZeroOne
PeterZeroOne

@whalz Yup, probably why he took that dumb penalty at the end of the 3rd - he was tired.  Also, why even dress McLaren if you're gonna have him on the ice for 3:06

loomx
loomx

@MaxwellHowe He's our 3rd best defenseman by a country mile after Gunnar and Dion.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@wiski The Leafs do have a better record with him out of the lineup... just saying.


I don't think losing any player to injury really helps any team, though. Unless the coach plays them way too much, which, in Bozak's case, is actually very true. 

ingy56
ingy56

@wiski Isn't it past their bedtime? It's a school night.

donelikedinner
donelikedinner

@loomx i agree, Holland should be put in a position to succeed, and if Carlyle isn't going to play him, then what was the point for the trade. This guy was a first round pick, and one of the better players to play for the Storm in the past 15 years. If he can't play more than 5 minutes with all the injuries to the centres, then what's the point.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@DWCMLHS


When we had Toskala we had the second best shot differential in the league and still didn't make the playoffs...lol

whalz
whalz

@PeterZeroOne yup,  I thought D'amigo looked great and skated well.......id love to see him instead of FML

LucienDeblois
LucienDeblois

True that, my expectations of Franson are much higher than Fraser however.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@DWCMLHS


Actually I think that was Andrew Waysoft I am thinking of when we were second to Detroit in shot differential.