Friday Mashup: Leafs back at it, Herzog & Johnson score on Day 1 of WJCs

Friday Mashup: Leafs back at it, Herzog & Johnson score on Day 1 of WJCs

Back to work for the Leafs tonight, as they will hit the half way point of the season against Buffalo and Carolina this weekend (Friday/Sunday, with a rare Saturday off) before heading to the Big House for the Winter Classic on New Years Day.

By virtue of the collective ass beating the Eastern Conference has been handed at the hands of the stronger West, an 86-point pace somehow has the Leafs clinging to a spot on the right side of playoff cutoff mark. Many of the inter Conference matchups are behind us now and the points pace must pick up the rest of the way if a post-season spot is in the cards for this team.

It has to start with a good upcoming stretch against the following opponents: Sabres, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Rangers, Islanders, Hurricanes, Capitals, Devils. All are eminently beatable opponents amid those nine or ten layers of mediocre that exist in the Eastern Conference beyond the top few teams.

The Leafs have been blessed with five meetings against the Sabres, all in the first 49 games of the schedule. If the best they can muster through the first four is 1-2-1 or 1-1-2, they probably don’t deserve a playoff spot anyway. The two teams have split the points thus far, each at 1-1-1.

Got to have this one tonight.

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Marlies highlights from yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs:

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Canada opened the 2014 World Junior tournament with a 7-2 drubbing of the Germans. Frederik Gauthier chipped in one assist:

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Fellow Leafs prospects and 2013 draft picks Andreas Johnson and Fabrice Herzog both scored in the meeting between Sweden and Switzerland yesterday.

From the IIHF:

Just 61 seconds into the final period, the Swiss tied the game on another power play. A wicked shot from the point created chaos in front, and Fabrice Herzog finally knocked the loose puck in to make it 3-3.

The Swiss had a late power-play opportunity to get the tying goal, but after they failed to do so Andreas Johnson made it 5-3 thanks to a nice steal by Wennberg behind Nyffeler’s cage.

“I think I have pretty good chemistry with Johnson. I just try to put the puck on his stick. We played well in their zone,” Wennberg said, “but we need to play better in our own end. We made too many mistakes.”

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]
139 comments
TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Fans are now approaching Carlyle in the Swiss Chalet eh?  I still love you Randy !

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

That was the first day of P90x3 (newest release)  All workouts are 30 mins in length.  Solid pace (ie no breaks) and a really good sweat.  Cannot wait to complete these 90 days.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Really hoping we see Liles in the lineup tonight.

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

OMG Luke Frances-spaghetti - I used to love him as a kid, have completely forgotten about some of these players. Dave McLvain? Thank G-d Hasek not playing! 

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

Fuck seeing the alumni rosters I am more excited about the 2 alumni games than I am about the real game.


Mike Krushelnsyki - where'd they dig him up from? Robby Pearson and Todd Wariner as alumnis? haahahahahahahaha we are so fucked! But then on the other team we have some good players, I look forward to Iafrate hitting ol' Coffey! Woo hoo I hope these games will be streamed somewhere!

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

I keep having this nightmare that the Leafs call a press conference to announce that they have traded Gards, Kadri and a 1st for del fucko and brad fucktards. Please G_d dont let it become a reality!

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Leafs have been in discussion with New York in regards to Del Zotto.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

I want to see Federov play at 44.  Guy still has wheels I am certain !!

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@TheCanucksnaphook Fuck him and fuck moving Gardiner! Why is the MSM pushing so hard for a Gards trade?! They will not be able to replace him! I hope Nonis has enough brains that if he trades Gards its for a high flyin' scoring machine center and not some run of the mill decent 50-60 point guy. Fuck! These dumb fucks infuriate me!!!!

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@-Keon- You go down there and tell em! I don't think Carlysle has been getting through. (slap em' around a bit while you're down there will ya...wake those fuckers up lol)

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@Burtonboy @TheCanucksnaphook Lets hope Nonis has more brains than that! If we trade Gards for the Del Zotto I hope Nonis, Carlysle and the whole bunch get fired into the sun. That would be absolutely fucking horrible!

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@-Keon- Is del zotto a top 6 forward? Does carlysle have a hard on for del zotto?

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@Mind Bomb @-Keon- Sundin is not taking part last time I heard. Does not want to break a fingernail (or he's scared Wendel with check him through the glass for his antics) 

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@TheCanucksnaphook@vinoa  22 pts in 43 games hmmm ,we could try a offer of 1m for a centre though ,but with the injuries coming back  and Holland looking better do we really need a 43 yr old