Can the Leafs make it four in a row for the first time this season? A Hockey Day in Canada marquee matchup against the Habs sounds like the perfect occasion.
Toronto enters this game six points back of Montreal for third place in the Atlantic Division, meaning they could make it four while also distancing themselves four points clear of the Ottawa Senators, who are nipping at their heels for that last wildcard spot but lost to the New York Rangers 4-1 earlier today.
Toronto will be without the injured David Clarkson, something they’re not exactly unused to. Troy Bodie will step onto the fourth line while Carter Ashton presumably joins Nik Kulemin and Peter Holland on line three.
The Leafs will look to avenge a bit of an embarrassing outing in their last meeting with the Canadiens in Montreal, where they only seemed to wake up once Max Pacioretty scored the 4-0 goal late in the second period – a shorthanded, backhanded squeaker on Bernier – and capped it off with an excalibur sword celebration.
If you aren’t already fired up for this game, especially after watching this HNIC montage below, you’re on the wrong website.
GO LEAFS GO.
Projected TML Lineup
JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Raymond – Kadri – Lupul
Kulemin – Holland – Ashton
Bodie – McClement – Orr
Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Gleason – Franson
Gardiner – Rielly
Projected MTL Lineup
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher
Prust – Plekanec – Gionta
Bournival – Eller – Briere
Moen – Nattinen – Parros
Gorges – Subban
Markov – Emelin
Murray – Diaz
Just made some chicken fingers with some of the sauce I got last week. My asshole will be singing soprano for 3 months.
my God, did someone piss in the opponents dressing room before the game, why the over the top hate in this game?
Carlyle gets a lot of grief , especially over his handling of Kadri.
Kadri had one of his best games of the year. Carlyle responded by putting him on the ice for the last minute and Kadri was great
No one , other than Dave Feschuk or Steve Simmons , should criticize that
@TheCanucksnaphook Where/when did this happen?
@TheCanucksnaphook What happened there?
@TheCanucksnaphook google the Malarchuck.
@wiskino wonder Shannon doesn't get anything right......it's 1045 and he's just tuning in
@wiski hes probably still surprised to see Lou in the Vancouver net...
@Rick_Vaives_slapshot You're eating them wrong
@Shift_Disturber1 i remember those thery were awesome
@Dangle_My_Berries Hockey Day in Canada. The Flames thought they'd top off the day by beating on the most universally hated team in the country
@Dangle_My_Berries its a Burke team
@Loric76 Does anybody know what is the highest number of players ever to fit into a penalty in the NHL?
@Loric76 And that was preceded by Bozak saying that the thought Kadri had played well for the Leafs this year.
@rustynail any other game I would not agree, but I really hate the habs that much.
@rustynail I loved that tuggin' on the crest.
@TheCanucksnaphook I could have seen it if the Leafs were up by a couple going into the 3rd but this is exactly why the Leafs get so little scoring from their bottom 6.
@Zep2 I noticed that. Kadri has to learn how to get himself in that state of focus all the time
@Xxxxxnew and even better when bolland and clarkson can play together
@MaxwellHowe He just needs to play a prick like Plekanic more often.