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

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TORONTO, ON- SEPTEMBER 22 - Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk would get a goal tender interference penalty for running over Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel looks on in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, September 22, 2013. Steve Russell/Toronto Star

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:

[quote_box_center]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.[/quote_box_center]

[quote_box_center]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.”[/quote_box_center]

  • dontcallmeshirley

    yep got to have this one tonight!!

  • Zep2

    Lose this one and its obvious that this team is more than Bozak away from a playoff spot.

  • darthNihilus

    Glad we have another solid 4th liner developing in Gauthier because we did not have many of those in our system. 

    If we don’t beat the sabres today (and I do not think we will) not much will be different from the last few playoff-less seasons we’ve had in the last few years-oh so close but not quite there and picking too far from the bottom. Lol (we are trying so hard to be mediocre)

  • Mind Bomb

    Good Morning Folks, Its Finally Fucking Game Day, Drop the Dam puck already :)))

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb  Man, there was nothing on the internet last 2 days, I had to get to know my Wife. Geesh I did not realize she had Reddish Hair lol

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus I am weary of how our team responds to “must win” games lol

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook I’d give you guys mine but I dont think you’d want to know her LOL

  • Mind Bomb

    darthNihilus TheCanucksnaphook Ha I cant afford the one I got lol

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus 4 out of possible 6 pts ain’t that bad lol

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus we are leafs fans, lets hope for the best, maybe they’ll surprise the hell out of us with a strong win

  • darthNihilus

    Mind Bomb darthNihilus TheCanucksnaphook then you definitely do not want mine – she is a shopaholic – a real pro at spending (not a real pro at earning though hahahha)

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus Mind Bomb Hhaha its genetic :)

    Cue WW :)

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus Mind Bomb I hope not cause if she’s really your – YOU KEEP HER! lol

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook is Bozak back today?

  • darthNihilus

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus if he comes back maybe Phil and JVR can get going again. I know Phil misses his man love

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus Not eligible to come off LTIR rill the 29th was what I heard

  • darthNihilus

    Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook darthNihilus you are right. So another night of suckitude with a solid 20 min period and 2 periods of uninspired hemmed in our zone play? I hope Reimer starts tonight.

  • Burtonboy

    darthNihilus Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook I would be shocked if Reimer starts tonight after the performance Bernier put on the last game

  • darthNihilus

    Burtonboy darthNihilus TheCanucksnaphook With Carlysle you never know. But Reimer was pulled last time and needs to be given the chance to redeem himself. No way he starts in the winter classic.

  • Burtonboy

    darthNihilus Burtonboy TheCanucksnaphook Nope you never know with Carlyle but I would still be shocked if he did play Riemer lol

  • Uncle Otis

    In this,the special holiday season, it is far better to give than receive :)
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/top-10-hockey-fights-2013-puck-daddy-review-205905009–nhl.html
    Enjoy

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy darthNihilus TheCanucksnaphook  Morning BB, Nonis and RC, always Preach, they judge by a Persons * Body Of Work * And Riems has earned the Start at the Classic, If I was Riems and the new guy got it, I would immediatley demand a Trade, I would not play for a GM who turned me aside after a Bad game that clearly our D and forwards did not help him. 

    IF thats the new way its going to work, Tell bozak that Holland is the new guy and played better than you, so you now sit !

  • Jmessih

    We need to win a bunch of those games coming up, if not we don’t deserve to make the playoffs. Here is hoping we deserve to make the playoffs.

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

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook Mario Lemieux’s return was one I remember. He got a goal his first shift and I think the Leafs lost 7-1.

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

    TheCanucksnaphook Golfinator 5000

  • Leafs rule

    Good morning u all ,yes the crappy white stuff got shoveled this am ,St Thomas is sfe for sidewalk navigation again .Holland wake up and get us a hatty please u know you want it !

  • wendelsway1

    Good Morning Fellas…..Leafs are winning tonight….that is all  :)

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook  An instuction manual on how to beat that dreaded Windmill ?

  • Leafs rule

    TheCanucksnaphookLeafs ruleSorry to hear that ,no thorold is over by …..thinking ,south of hamilbonium

  • Leafs rule

    wendelsway1lol,I likes your thinking

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

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 I shouldn’t laugh at golfers and their buying habits, I am a sucker for fishing gear.

  • Leafs rule

    -Keon-lol,gees

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

    Mind Bomb TheCanucksnaphook Cordless sawzall works for me.

  • wendelsway1

    -Keon- I’d prefer a delete button for some…lol  :)

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Mind Bomb TheCanucksnaphook Hhahahha, I need a new on to lol

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1 Mornin WW,

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

    Mind Bomb ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook That swinging log is never a problem afterwards either.

  • Mind Bomb

    -Keon-  Hhaha that would be funny Keon

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Mind Bomb TheCanucksnaphook Thats what she said to me

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

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 Nude beach porn works for me.

  • wendelsway1

    TheCanucksnaphook wendelsway1 Somebody’s gotta stay positive….might as well be me.  :)

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook
    Phook, you have been hanging ’round Damien too long 😉
    #golf and tennis anyone?

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Uncle Otis except the Russian Womens tennis team bro, they can stay :)

  • wendelsway1

    TheCanucksnaphook wendelsway1 Then I guess that makes two of us….sorry didn’t read any earlier posts  :)

  • JMAC17

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 Depends on what you shoot!  Range finder might be the better buy to improve your game.

  • wendelsway1

    Has Smithson been sent down yet?

  • Leafs rule

    wendelsway1TheCanucksnaphooklol theres at least 3 here ,Im positive about that

  • wendelsway1

    TheCanucksnaphook wendelsway1 Just a dream eh?…..Damn

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1  Maybe, they are still waiting for him to get there P

  • wendelsway1

    Leafs rule wendelsway1 TheCanucksnaphook Excellent…..we’re growing in numbers……with any luck, the Leafs will put together 3 good periods…..maybe we’ll outnumber all the naysayers tonight….be a nice change.  :)