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.
Marlies highlights from yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Bulldogs:
Canada opened the 2014 World Junior tournament with a 7-2 drubbing of the Germans. Frederik Gauthier chipped in one assist:
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.”
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!
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!
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!
Just get through day two Canuck..a lot easier.
@darthNihilus Lmao Hasek ,he had some crazey moves though
@Burtonboy Good we need to have him locked up for that trade to NY for Del Zotto! (LOL)
@TheCanucksnaphooklol lol I used to that but now thats to much like lmao work ,fac that
@TheCanucksnaphook Sure rub it in, while some of less fortunate souls are stuck at work! (discussing Leafs Hockey-lol)
@TheCanucksnaphook Do it for me too! I need one....
@TheCanucksnaphook they can have Fraser for Del Zotto (and a 7th round draft pick)
@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!!!!
@-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)
@TheCanucksnaphookre fed ,has He been playing anywhere recently thet u know of ?
@-Keon- hahha Who is the Big Fish on Campus now lol
@-Keon- this is fucking hilarious! lol
@-Keon-re I think I might even love you and am willing to give you all my worldly possessions
LMFAO ,Keon was funny again
@DoormanPlease define normal , is being a hockey leaf addict normal ?
@wendelsway1 Maybe, they are still waiting for him to get there P
@wendelsway1 Mornin WW,
@wendelsway1lol,I likes your thinking
@TheCanucksnaphook Del Zotto for Gardiner? Brooks is dreaming
@-Keon- Sundin !
@-Keon- Is del zotto a top 6 forward? Does carlysle have a hard on for del zotto?