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

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

Founded in 2008, Maple Leafs Hotstove (MLHS) has grown to be the most visited unofficial team-focused hockey website online (Quantcast). Independently owned and operated, MLHS provides thorough and wide ranging content, varying from news, opinion and analysis, to pre-game and long-form game reviews, a weekly feature piece, the "Leafs Notebook", along with a Web TV show the "Maple Leaf Hangout".
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OTL
OTL

new thread up

Savo43
Savo43

I wonder if Detroit tries to acquire Brodeur...

theacs1966
theacs1966

Ashton doubles his career point production in one game.  Lets see Crosby do that!

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Carlyle FINALLY starts running three scoring lines, no shut-down line, and the Leafs win 5 in a row. Coincidence? Mostly, I'd assume. But running three scoring lines definitely suits this roster better. 

deedrag
deedrag

Oh almost forgot " THANK YOU RC FOR USING YOUR TIMEOUT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The guys got their legs back a bit there.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

How does Franson get more minutes than Gardiner? how stupid...

Jordan29
Jordan29

Is it for sure Reimer tomorrow?

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

Reimer goes into a good situation against Avs, win tonight take pressure off, just go in and play bud, steal us another 2 points! 

Loric76
Loric76

Millen:  "They're lucky to have Randy."

deedrag
deedrag

I'd love to see Kessel in a skit with the cookie monster. That would be priceless!

Savo43
Savo43

Holland is getting better defensively. Some key takeaway in the neutral zone that allowed our team to change. Kid is great. 

Luke_R
Luke_R

LOL if the playoffs started today, the Leafs would see the Bruins in the first round.. lol

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@wiski  of course and always, but why this particular time?

GreekGod
GreekGod

@DWCMLHS 

Could also be the team is actually playing better as well. I do agree though that we have the players for 3 attacking lines and should use that to our advantage. Although, I do not like how much ice time Ashton is getting. Kid deserves more

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@DWCMLHS He is still getting outshot or have you finally accepted Carlyle is a good coach

Wilbur
Wilbur

@LeafsForLife Many nights I would agree with you but as good as Gardiner was for us tonight he also spent part if the night trying mightily to set Phoenix up for some beauty goals as well.

Loric76
Loric76

@Jordan29 no but chances are in a back to back...


man if it isn't the Toronto MSM will explode

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Loric76 he got us into the damn playoffs last season after nearly a decade....what does this guy have to do to get some love??

deedrag
deedrag

Both of them wearing Leafs blue jerseys!!!

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@GreekGod @DWCMLHS Replace Orr with D'Amigo, and the 4th line can play more. I really like what Ashton has done in the role he's played. 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@wendelsfist @DWCMLHS No good coach would take so long to realize this team is not suited to run a pure shut-down line. 

And I said the streak was probably a coincidence, for the most part.  



theacs1966
theacs1966

@TheCanucksnaphook @theacs1966 I don't' know, I still don't like him, though my dislike would carry more weight if he played more than 2:05/gm.  5minutes a game...maybe he might even score a goal, he was down in the A.  Scoring goals that is.