GDT: Maple Leafs at Coyotes (8 p.m., Leafs TV)

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Toronto Maple Leafs (25-20-5, 55 points) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-16-9, 55 points)

The Leafs are seeking their first five-game winning streak since the 2006-07 season tonight in Phoenix.

The Leafs took  a shootout win out of a  low scoring 1-1 game in the first of two season meetings on December 19 in Toronto. Both were dirty goals, one from Troy Bodie in the first period and the other from Martin Hanzal late to tie the game. Hanzal is out for tonight’s game.

The Leafs’ top line was buzzing but could not score; Phil Kessel in particular, who could have had a hat trick as the Leafs worked the airmail play while Kessel cherrypicked at the opposition blueline three or four times throughout the game. Kessel enters this game on a five-game points streak, with three goals, seven assists and 10 points over that span.

Phoenix is more of an offensive outfit than in season’s past, sitting top 10 in goals per game, despite their top scorer being Radim Vrbata with 35 points. It’s by-committee offense, and a chunk of it comes from the D core, which is one of the most offensively productive in the League with Ekman Larsson and Keith Yandle leading the way.

Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Leafs.  He’s posted a .929 save percentage while winning his last three starts, and is 2-0 lifetime vs. Phoenix.

TML Lineup
James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Nik Kulemin – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Mason Raymond – Peter Holland – Troy Bodie
Carter Ashton – Jay McClement – Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Tim Gleason – Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly

Jonathan Bernier

Phoenix Coyotes Lineup
Tim Kennedy – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Shane Doan – Mike Ribeiro – David Moss
Lauri Korpikoski – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker
Kyle Chipchura – Jeff Halpern – Jordan Szwarz

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Michael Stone – Keith Yandle
Derek Morris – David Schlemko

Mike Smith

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  • Loric76

    Leafs 3-1

    GLG!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Feeling a bit pessimistic, 3-2 OT loss. Still nabbing 1 point.

  • rustynail

    Leafs score early and often 7-0 Leafs

  • Jordan29

    Gotta go to ball hockey 8-9 my time, game starts at 9. So someone will have to fill me in on what happens in the first few

  • B_Leaf

    We always lose in Phoenix.

  • Pent_House

    Oilers letter to the fans is jokes. I bet they over-shadow our no-playoff streak.

  • Jmessih

    B_Leaf Hanzal might not play, arguably their best player up front.

  • lieffan

    B_Leaf Intimidating crowd?
    lol
    New team, new circumstances

  • Savo43

    B_Leaf ….When is the last time this roster has played in Phoenix? Pretty sure last time we were in PHX, Jason Blake was still on the team lolol. Could be wrong, but things have changed.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GO BOYS, LETS GET THE W!

  • Savo43

    @lieffan B_Leaf Theres actually a lot of Leaf fans in Arizona. My uncle will be one of them in the crowd tonight.

  • Jmessih

    So I just subscribed to the Marlies YouTube channel they post game highlights years before the Leafs site does (if they do at all, sometimes game highlights are not posted at all). 
    Here is a link to their channel they have all the game highlights, good way to kill time till the Leafs game starts. Marlies have won at least 4 in a row so well worth watching at least a few of the most recent ones.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/MarliesTv/videos

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

    Pent_House Over due for action, not apologies.

  • Pent_House

    ingy56 Pent_House No kidding. So much for MacTavish’s bold moves.

  • Loric76

    rustynail Smith’s not going to know what hit him, and by tomorrow morning Team Canada will come knocking on Bernier’s door

  • Black_Hawk

    LETS GO BOYS WIN THIS ONE

  • Loric76

    LOL…Stajan…extension…can’t breath….haha

    https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIChttps://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/425402474057326592
    Stajan extension will be four years, $12.5M…AAV is $3.125M

  • Pent_House

    Loric76 wow…. he just hit the lotto lmao

  • Jmessih

    Loric76 Does the kid ever what to play a playoff game?

  • Jmessih

    Mark Master from TSN just did the Leafs-Coyotes preview video standing next to a fucking cactus and opened by saying “here we are in the desert”….what a fucking joke, that team has been losing money since it started there. Get it out of that non hockey market and to a place like Quebec City where it will sell out the building night in and night out for AT LEAST the first 7-8 years straight (regardless of on ice performance). All that revenue will make this league 100 times stronger than having a team in an non traditional market struggle in an attempt to “grow the game”. You are the business man Bettman…figure it out!! Frustrating to have to put up with that when teams left Canada not only in hockey but in other spots right away when things got tough, now out successful Canadians teams are funding these failing projects who have gone on long enough.

  • Cameron19

    Loric76 I think that pretty much tells you how long Burke thinks the rebuild will take, if he feels he needs to retain Stajan.

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

    Loric76 Good Lord, what the hell is Burke thinking?

  • Mind Bomb

    Loric76Dear God

  • Cameron19

    ingy56 Loric76 He’s thinking he has so little options at center, and the rebuild will take at least 3 years, so he might as well retain him and trade him 3-4 years from now.

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

    Mind Bomb Loric76 Check the bridges on your way home from work for HH LOL

  • Pent_House

    Cameron19 Loric76 If Burke’s lucky in year 4 Stajan will be the no.4 centre

  • Cameron19

    Pent_House Cameron19 Loric76 Yea, he can now treat Stajan’s placement on the roster as a barometer for the team’s progress.

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

    Cameron19 ingy56 Loric76 I guess, but why not try something new, try a culture change.

  • Cameron19

    Pent_House Cameron19 Loric76 It does say a lot about Stajan that he doesn’t want to try his hand at free agency and potentially get a smaller role on a better team.

  • Loric76

    ingy56 Loric76 clearly he got him signed to a cheap deal so that he can trade him for two 1sts and a 2nd.

  • Cameron19

    ingy56 Cameron19 Loric76 Because their culture is really good right now. The Flames are a very hard working team.

  • Mind Bomb

    Pent_Houseingy56 Hey Mac Tavish here is a move go get 4 more actual NHL Dmen , say something like that to start

  • Loric76

    Cameron19 Pent_House Loric76 probably has kids that he doesn’t want to uproot, or end up in the AHL lol

  • Pent_House

    Cameron19 Pent_House Loric76 I don’t think anyone would have offered him anything better. He probably jumped at signing this contract. I would have guessed he’d end up in Europe.

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

    Cameron19 ingy56 Loric76 That they are, I guess we can rule out Burke having an issue with Stajan because of the Phaneuf trade.

  • Mind Bomb

    Pent_HouseCameron19Loric76
    And our fan base bitches about Kadri lol

  • Loric76

    ingy56 Cameron19 Loric76 more like Stajan having an issue with Burke, but Burke won’t give a fuck lol

  • Cameron19

    ingy56 Cameron19 Loric76  Stajan, Stempniak, Wideman, Hudler – not household names, but they have been working their asses off for that team. I’m really rooting for the Flames to turn it around faster than the Oilers.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/EtobicokeErniehttps://twitter.com/EtobicokeErnie/status/425402917969854464
    Worst part of being sick? Sneezing while taking a pee.

  • 17Forever

    Sweet … that lineup is looking sexier and sexier !! What does everyone think of putting Holland on left wing when Bolland comes back ? 
    3rd line of Holland Bolland  Clarkson  aka the Hogtown line !! better name ? That could be a killer line right there !!
    That puts Raymond on the 4th with Jmac for some offensive push back !! could work ( skill, grinder, hitter ) Why not.
    Lets Bury and Skin some Coyotes tonight !!

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19ingy56Loric76
    Rooting ? Bet on it Cam lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    17Forever I’m definitely down for that 3rd line.

  • Jordan29

    Cameron19 Loric76 Stajan has played well lately, when I watched anyways.

  • Mind Bomb

    Shit, wait a minute Guys, thats Kulemin money !

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Jmessih preaching to the choir bro

  • Loric76

    Cameron19 ingy56 Loric76 culture of second chances – those guys all know that if they can’t make it in Calgary their basically done in the NHL…they’re all fighting for their lives

  • Cameron19

    Jordan29 Cameron19 Loric76 Yep. He’s a big time minus, but that’s just the team.

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe 17Forever Think Lups plays left and Kuli on the right as they both favour their off wing.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/SNTonyAmbrogiohttps://twitter.com/SNTonyAmbrogio/status/425404819747008512
    “https://twitter.com/JSportsnet: Matt Stajan signs for 4 more years in Calgary. 3.125 per year.” Brian Burke dealt him to Calgary. Now re-signs him in Calgary.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    17Forever And I don’t want to diminish Raymond’s contributions here. He’s won us some games, and the contract is great. I wonder if we should sell on this guy to get a couple picks back though, and shift Holland to the W.