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GDT: Hurricanes at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Leafs TV)

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The Leafs hit the half way mark of the season tonight vs. Carolina, seeking their 20th win of 2013-14.

Game preview here.

Lineups:

CAROLINA HURRICANES:

Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Tuomo Ruutu
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alex Semin
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Pat Dwyer
Radek Dvorak – Manny Malhotra – Zach Boychuk

Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera
Ryan Murphy – Ron Hainsey
Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek

Cam Ward
Justin Peters

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin – Jay McClement – David Clarkson
Jerry D’Amigo – Peter Holland – Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly – Paul Ranger

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

 

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875 comments
B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Other things I liked about tonights game:


1) The Leafs were physical in there own end...Ranger, Franson, and Phaneuf made forwards pay.

2) Our bottom six looked effective...even got a couple goals. 

3) JvR looked better

4) Just love it when Morgan has the puck

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

You have to figure our players are hyped to play in front of 100k plus fans.. also our American players will be on NBC on a holiday.. expect JVR and Kessel to be very strong 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Also thought DAMigo had another good game, and in limited minutes Holland looked good too.

Gozo
Gozo

RC is stubborn but with his stubbornness he wins.

Jon5200
Jon5200

Tbay...mtl...columbus....wash....all lost tonite.....GREAT nite for Leafs in the standings!!

Jon5200
Jon5200

zep2....i TOTALLY agree about shutting STAAL up!!   Ever since he came in here and made those funny faces after he scored 2yrs ago i have hated him ever since and LOVE it when he gets NOTHING vs Leafs!!!

juliesucks
juliesucks

Not trying to favour one goalie, but RC sticking with one for a stretch may be having an impact as well...

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

time to take this momentum into the winter classic and shell the monster 

theacs1966
theacs1966

Break up the Leafs.  2 wins in a row!  Don't look now but we have 8 out of our last 12 points.  We gained on Mtl, TB too.  Boy, did we need these last 2 wins badly.   I forget, how many points do we get for a reg win?

Zep2
Zep2

Add Bozak, subtract Smithson and the team automatically gets better.


NotInsane
NotInsane

@Gozo 

He's one tough old goat.  I just saw him on 24/7 ep. 3 ... not one to inspire love that's for sure.  But telling players to cross-check fuckers who're trying to steal money out of your pocket is pretty badass.

Zep2
Zep2

@Jon5200 Kane / Ovie and Staal have been on my shit list since the All Star BS

djamon
djamon

@Jon5200 He was -4 tonight. I think he missed a 6 footer for a 67.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Dangle_My_Berries One early shift he had the puck 4 times and 4 times it ended up on a Car stick, but then he got violent and scored a goal, so all is good.

Zep2
Zep2

@Dangle_My_Berries Ranger is starting to fill the role that Fraser had last year plus he has a better overall game.

Kudos to Carlyle for not giving up on him

djamon
djamon

@juliesucks Agreed...this switching back and forth hasn't helped either of them. It fucked the Canucks last year too. Goalies wanna get on a run.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@Zep2 I was worried about getting nothing out of Bozak coming back because Holland would be demoted, then someone reminded me he was stepping in and Smithson was leaving, and I realized I was wrong. lol.

djamon
djamon

@theacs1966 That's fine cuz they're in the other division and will likely get a top 3 over there regardless.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@theacs1966@Jon5200 yes but now were tied with them and Detroit!!!  After our winter classic win we will b ahead!!

Zep2
Zep2

@Alec Brownscombe @Zep2 Holland/ D'Amigo / Orr were good, but Orr can't keep up. It would be nice to see Ashton/ Broll in there.