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

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Leafs vs Stars
Photo: Getty Images/NHL.com

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.

  • Mind Bomb

    Leafs Win Large, turn the camera’s on Going to be awesome
    Go LEafs !

  • wendelsway1

    Leafs are gonna put on a show for HBO!………GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • dlb eh

    Jerry has big moment potential, he can skate and knows the defensive side of the puck.  he’ll surely be looking to make an impression in his first chance since his uninspiring pre-season.  i personally see him as a premadonna who doesn’t like the rough stuff, but hopefully it’s just a matter of maturing and finding some courage from finding some success.

  • TheJFish

    Let’s go!

  • dlb eh

    Ashton’s gotta get some playing time.  let him and Holland play together in an offsive role 10 minutes tonight.
    Kadri, my sympathies for your grandfather…we need you tonight.

  • Savo43

    Is Leivo playing tonight as well? If not, why not?

  • Savo43

    JVR-Holland-Kessel
    Leivo-Kadri-Kulemin
    Raymond-Smith-Clarkson
    D’amigo-McClement-Ashton

    Is what i’d ice.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Leave it all out on the ice tonight boys, we need a win!

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1
    i’ve never really liked D’Amigo despite his heroic moments…shades of Mike Craig or something i dunno

  • Jmessih

    I assume the Leafs roll 7 D

  • dlb eh

    Savo43 
    swap Ashton and Raymond.  Clarkson can’t figure out how to play with Mason with all those spins and fancy bullshit.  let Mason and D’Amigo provide some quick strike threat on an otherwise defensive line.
    i think Kadri should get a chance to role with the top line with the coach’s encouragement to be the #1 centre this team needs right now

  • dlb eh

    @Dangle_My_Berries 
    leave it all on the ice, that’s right.  they can scrape seguin up with shovels after the final horn.

  • wendelsway1

    dlb eh   What I wouldn’t give to have Dion catch him with his head down in the first minute of the game  :)

  • mcloki

    Afternoon ladies. Totally off topic but I just heard Nelson Mandela passed. Sad day indeed.

  • wiski

    Oh we’re done for, we’re done-diddly done for, we’re done-diddly-doodily, done diddly-doodily, done diddly-doodly!

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1 wiski trying some reverse psychology

  • wendelsway1

    wiski LOL!

  • wiski

    mcloki Heard on the news people were chanting his name on the street while he laid on his death bed.

  • Tim Horton

    wendelsway1 D’amigo should be a fun watch on HBO kids a character. Maybe thats the sole reason they called him up lol.

  • Black_Hawk

    we need to dig deep now. Bozak is gone for awhile and if we dont step up we will sink in the standings.

  • sniperstar

    Kadri is going to have a big one tonight. I can feel it. GO LEAFS GO

  • mcloki

    wiski mcloki
    Very Sad. Reminds me of my teenage years. A bit old you some of the youngsters in the crown. Little Steven had a life before he was in the Sopranos
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopKk56jM-I

  • wendelsway1

    Tim Horton wendelsway1 Just hope he takes advantage of this opportunity…..beats riding a bus  lol

  • Wilbur

    Screw that Miley Cyrus BS in the dressing room…
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0381606/: All right, Cincinnati, it is time for this town to get *down*! Now, you got Johnny… Doctor Johnny Fever, and I am burnin’ up in here! Whoo! Whoo! We all in critical condition, babies, but you can tell me where it hurts, because I got the healing prescription here from the big ‘KRP musical medicine cabinet. Now I am talking about your 50,000 watt intensive care unit, babies! So just sit right down, relax, open your ears real wide and say, “Give it to me straight, Doctor, I can take it!” 
    [starts Ted Nugent’s “Queen of the Forest”, then puts on his sunglasses] 
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0381606/: I almost forgot, fellow babies…”Booger!” 
    …Let’s roll these Texas red-necks!!!!!!  GOLEAFSGO

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/EtobicokeErniehttps://twitter.com/EtobicokeErnie/status/408734148811968512
    Somebody should try cracking a book http://t.co/1tr7bzOAVX

  • sniperstar

    wiski Hokely Dokely Neighbouroonie. Smokers are jokers. 😉

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56 …..doesn’t really surprise me

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Dangle_My_Berries ingy56 They walk among us…

  • sniperstar

    ingy56 http://i.stack.imgur.com/jiFfM.jpg

  • wendelsway1

    ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries Yep….and there are far too many of ’em

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries people aren’t as educated or worldly as they once were

  • mcloki

    ingy56 You’re kidding.

  • Wilbur

    mcloki wiski Miami Steve!

  • wiski

    mcloki wiski goosebums

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 lol that was the Martin Luthor king speeck am i correct?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    mcloki ingy56 Can’t make this shit up. You just can’t.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Black_Hawk ingy56 Yup

  • mcloki

    wiski mcloki They all look so young.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/EtobicokeErniehttps://twitter.com/EtobicokeErnie/status/408734148811968512
    Somebody should try cracking a book http://t.co/1tr7bzOAVX

  • JWaterdrager

    ingy56 Boring fake

  • wiski

    Burtonboy Ummmm…… lol

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    JWaterdrager ingy56 is it a fake?

  • Wilbur

    wiski mcloki What the hell are goosebums? :) lol

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    JWaterdrager ingy56 Don’t think so…blue check marked anyways.

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 Black_Hawk lol haha man she is stupid

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    wendelsway1 ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries They reproduce too :)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ingy56
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/hunterschwarz/the-paris-hilton-tweet-confusing-nelson-mandela-with-martin?bftw
    Fake

  • mcloki

    Black_Hawk ingy56 Oh my Black_Hawk.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    DeclanK ingy56 Well, what a buzzkiller you are LOL.

  • Cameron19

    Man we are in a bind.  These injuries are going to completely derail our season.