Preview and GDT: Panthers at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

Preview and GDT: Panthers at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

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There is talk Jonathan Bernier will start tonight, which doesn’t make any sense.

It would be five starts out of six for Bernier and in a back to back to boot – note: Bernier was also officially credited with the St. Louis loss – meaning Bernier would be the first of the two to get an extended run of starts for no reason related to actual performance.

Bernier has been below .900 in 7 of his last 10 games. Reimer won his last full game in a shootout after facing 50 shots against Ottawa. SItting him out in a back to back would be a slap in the face. Not sure if it’s related to the St. Louis loss, but the Leafs getting ran over in the first period and leaving players wide open in the slot all period would seem to excuse the goalie from any fault.

We’ll see who is in the net come game time before jumping to further conclusions.

The Panthers are not a push over as they were earlier in the season. They’re rested and have been waiting in Toronto. They’re winners of 5 of their last 6. Starter Scott Clemmensen has been solid in his last two games – wins over Montreal and Washington. Brad Boyes and Jimmy Hayes will each be good for a goal.

Jerry D’Amigo is unlikely to play, but we won’t know who will play in his place until game time. Same deal for any changes on the blueline (even though there shouldn’t be).

The Leafs need this one.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
1134 comments
ShiftyD
ShiftyD

What was the final score?

Bluenwhitediehard
Bluenwhitediehard

If the season ended today which Leafs would be signed, traded or let go?

NotSince67
NotSince67

This LEafs room sounds as frustrated as the Jets have been the last few weeks.

IT's unreal though, I mean don;t they notice the lack of urgency and compete when they do video?

Zep2
Zep2

I only saw the 1st few minutes thankfully. But why was Fraser back in ? And why was he paired with Rielly

Zep2
Zep2

Euphoria to despair in 72 hours. The plight go Leafs fans continues.


Cough up an early lead, play with no intensity, turn the puck over with authority . This is Ron Wilson hockey .


Morgan Riellys agent should demand that he be sent to the WJC  lest his career is ruined carrying Mark Fraser

David Lau
David Lau

perhaps we talk with Jets and present them their hometown boy james reimer, give him a chance to shine in his hometown and simply ask for Mark Scheifele in return?  we'll even add John M. Liles and take back Montoya in the deal.


MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Again, the big guns are firing blanks, simple as that.  Maybe they're tired, and that's a whole other problem

Bluenwhitediehard
Bluenwhitediehard

Grinding my teeth, yet agin. Fuck! I need primal scream therapy.

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

Howard Stern played a clip of Dallas Eakins on his show today because he used Baba Booey in his post game interview.

T K O
T K O

@Shift_Disturber1 One thing I will give Phaneuf credit for........when he acknowledges that he made a mistake or had a bad game...... he makes up for it next game.......cant say the same for a  lot of these guys.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

3-1. Huh I turned it after that 3rd goal figuring they were on their way to another blowout.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@NotSince67I was thinking this the other day. I mean they go over so much video how can they not notice

djamon
djamon

@Bluenwhitediehard They're both sucking right now. The 1A and 1B thing should have run its course by now I hope.

djamon
djamon

@Zep2 Ron Wilson hockey? They played harder and smarter under Wilson than this. He had very little talent to work with, especially between the pipes.

Jay31
Jay31

@David Lau they actually think pavelec is good so that aint happening

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Jmessih running short on terminology soon,.  brain dead, embarrassed, out-worked.  Nonis may need to hand everyone a thesaurus.  Look up suck, find all synonyms

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@T K O @Shift_Disturber1 Yes.  Though I'm a bit concerned these mistakes often come up in big games.  He is going to get a rep as not being a clutch performer.  

NotSince67
NotSince67

@djamon @Zep2 He probably could run and gun with this roster but remember losing like 18 in a row? That was bad... And the reports of the dislike of RW in the room (not saying RC is liked.)

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Gilbey93@DJBrianBurke Just shows how bad this team can be if he's not on his game. Everyone was playing like shit tonight which does not help at all.