Preview and GDT: Sabres at Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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Pregame coles notes:

– 3 regulation wins in the last 25 games for the Leafs. That has to change tonight.
– Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs after stopping 39 of 40 shots vs. the Rangers.
– No real changes to the lineup from Monday’s loss to the Rangers: Paul Ranger stays in beside Morgan Rielly, Liles and Fraser sit.
– Randy Carlyle says he likes the strength and “power” to Ranger’s game, meaning “Power Ranger” can now be a thing.
– No Cody Hodgson for the Sabres, who is out for another couple of weeks after hurting himself blocking a shot.
– Ryan Miller starts in net. He sports a 31-15-1 record and .922 save percentage in his career vs. Toronto.
– Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons has three goals and three assists in his past nine games.
– Buffalo remains the worst team in the league but have gone 4-4-2 in their last ten. Mostly because their goals against are down lately. Ryan Miller is heating up ((2-0-0, 1.45, .959 in last 2 GP).
– The Sabres are averaging a hideous 1.68 goals per game. The last team to finish below 2 per game on average was the Lightning in 1997-98 with a 1.84 GF/G.
Ted Nolan has stated his intention to put John Scott in front of Jonathan Bernier on the powerplay tonight. Bernier will have to peer around him and tune out all the guttural grunting.

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

    Where is everybody? 5-0 Leafs, Kessel with a hatty… glove tap to Doorman, this prediction has to work sometime!

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    -Keon- OK …you got it, engage… Warp 7.

  • Komas Taberle

    4-2 Leafs, VanReimsdyke with 2, Clarkson and Rielly.

  • wiski

    McClement should play on the top line with Kessel. He’s the closest thing we have to Bozak.
    Holland and Kadri can play on the second and third line.
    This way, we’ll have a balanced attack and none of the lines will be too weak defensively.
    JVR – McClement – Kessel
    Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin
    Raymond – Holland – Clarkson

  • wiski

    -Keon- I was in the old thread

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    -Keon- Full stop

  • wiski

    Gilbey93 wiski the first line is like -27 in the last few games lol. Bozie will be back Sunday hopefully

  • wiski

    Gilbey93 Salaries match?

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    wiski Gilbey93 Not even close, Jake’s still on his ELC at under a million and Bogosian is over 5 million per.

  • wiski

    ingy56 wiski Gilbey93 Someone said the pens might be looking for a winger for Despres

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ingy56 wiski Gilbey93 Dion is a left shooting defenceman that plays on the right side.

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    DeclanK ingy56 wiski Gilbey93 There’s that too.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Gilbey93
    No thx….I’d keep Gardiner.

  • PEIleafnation

    need traffic and net drive to F**K up miler tonight…sick of his win loss shit vs TO…like I said yesterday ..yes 2 games left in Dec but these 2 dam teams just seem to be leaf killers..that being said… I expect good things tonight

  • wiski

    Gilbey93 wiski At least get Kadri with Lupul, Buff doesn’t really have a first line anymore so it might work.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/BuffNewsVoglhttps://twitter.com/BuffNewsVogl/status/416680948063666176
    Just when you thought being a referee couldn’t be more thankless, here comes the Spengler Cup … http://t.co/j1Azxh9vdV

  • Doorman

    What Can I say!!!  5-0 Leafs!!!  Phil the Thrill with 3 Biggy,s!!!  Merry Fucking Christmas!!!  lol

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

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    wiski Some NHL refs should have a horse’s ass on their uni’s.

  • wiski

    Doorman Hope fucking so or this place is gonna be a shit show

  • Doorman

    wiski Doorman Book it!!!  lol  Time to change Your avi!!!  lol

  • Black_Hawk

    better win tonight

  • wiski

    Doorman wiski still festive till the new year 😉

  • Doorman

    wiski Doorman You or the Avi!!!  lol

  • Great Dane

    Larry Brooks has a story about moving Del Zotto for Gardiner – that sounds like a completely stupid move unless something else is included. Anyone have any juice on that story?

  • Black_Hawk

    Great Dane that would be stupid

  • Doorman

    ingy56 LOL

  • JMAC17

    Great Dane Heard that a while ago…the latest is from Dregger saying Ottawa is the team now.

  • Doorman

    INGY!  i posted that before I saw Yours!!!  LOL

  • wiski

    off topic but worth a look
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/26/t-rex-optical-illusion_n_4504088.html

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    Doorman Haha.. I gave you credit though!

  • PEIleafnation

    Great Dane stephans name ..giradi name…fransons name…sounded like nonnis wanted to turn it into bigger move..rags backed out

  • Great Dane

    JMAC17 great – really stupid deal for the Leafs

  • Great Dane

    Can Carlyle be so stupid that he makes his fourth line McL – Smithson and Orr ????

    If that is the case – I am officially on the fire Carlyle band wagon

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    Yaknowwhat Ek has him possibly going to the Scabs for Maxi-Pad.

  • Great Dane

    ingy56YaknowwhatWell let us get PK from the Habs – Therrien and PK seems to have some issues.

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 Yaknowwhat i  would love the habs trading pacorety, wud be a huge over payment imo

  • wendelsway1

    Big Leafs win tonight…..in regulation……GO LEAFS GO!!!

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    Black_Hawk ingy56 Yaknowwhat Yeah, consider the source but DelZotto won’t come cheap is basically the message.

  • Doorman

    wendelsway1 Nice Avi Tish!!!

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 Black_Hawk Yaknowwhat lol yeah i know its eklund

  • wendelsway1

    Doorman wendelsway1 Well somebody told me to ditch the Christmas avi……lol  :)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    wendelsway1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqq1YWEFVxo

  • bear19

    4-2 Buds 2 for JVR

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    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan wendelsway1 Wow, that’s a golden oldie!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Just seen the news clip that Keon posted earlier about the 5 yr old boy who may have slipped through the ice.  Man, that tugs at the heart strings.  I hope he’s found safe and sound.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    ingy56Bon Scott was a Leaf fanwendelsway1
    Humble Pie is the bees knees!!  Lots of good boogie in that band.  Props to Steve Marriott….one of the best (may he RIP).

  • Kouba

    Shift_Disturber1Pink

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Shift_Disturber1
    Unless he suddenly breaks out with some fantastic play (doubtful)….I think I see the Paul Ranger experiment ending after this season.  Would prefer to keep Liles, to be quite honest.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Shift_Disturber1Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
    Well, up till now I was mostly wanting to cut him some slack seeing as he hasn’t played at this level in 4 years….but enough is enough.  When he’s actually costing us points at a time when we desperately need to tread water…..I find myself drawing the line.  1 million for this season, fine…..but I’d rather put money/cap space elsewhere.

  • Kouba

    Shift_Disturber1Koubasorry