Preview and GDT: Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars (8 p.m., TSN)

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Leafs vs Stars
Photo: Getty Images/NHL.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Dallas (8 p.m., TSN) looking to extend their winning streak to 7 games— which would be their longest in 11 years (2003).

The last time the two teams faced off, the Leafs won 3-2 off a Trevor Smith tip in overtime. Nazem Kadri scored twice in regulation.

Dallas is mired in a poor stretch of play –  2-7-1 in their last 10 games – but won their last game 4-0 over Minnesota on Tuesday. Their top line is a serious threat, with Benn and Seguin combining for 86 points between them this season, compared to JvR and Kessel’s 91. After their dynamic duo the Stars have a bit of a drop off in production, with no other player scoring at a greater than .50 points-per-game rate (compared to the six scoring at .50 or greater for the Leafs).

The Stars’ bigger issue, though, has been keeping pucks out of their net, as they sit 25th in goals against (2.96 per game). The Stars and Leafs actually stack up one behind the other in both goals for and against, with the key differences being the Leafs’ easier Conference and their ability to collect points via shootout.

Results
FINAL MTL (6) - DAL (4)
FINAL DET (5) - DAL (1)
FINAL DAL (3) - NYI (7)
FINAL DAL (0) - NJD (1)
FINAL DAL (2) - NYR (3)
FINAL NYI (4) - DAL (2)
FINAL EDM (2) - DAL (5)
FINAL BOS (4) - DAL (2)
FINAL DAL (2) - MIN (3) OT
FINAL DAL (1) - NSH (4)
FINAL MIN (0) - DAL (4)

Toronto’s play has been remarkable of late—and specifically Phil Kessel, who has climbed up to 4th (tied) in the league for goals scored with 26.  The Leafs’ No. 1 line has now amassed a stupefying 42 points in their last 12 games together. Kessel enters tonight riding a seven-game point streak (six goals, 14 points). The Leafs have won just five games without a Kessel point this season – how will the team fare when he is eventually kept quiet?

Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start after Reimer pitched in with a great start in Colorado. Bernier is  riding a four-game win streak (2.45GAA, .935SV%).

Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup

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Dallas Stars Lineup

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Lineups Courtesy of Dailyfaceoff

  • MLHS_Luke

    Boom! 5-2 Leafs.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Hey guys, be sure to sign up for that freeroll – no signup fee, and there’s $100 grand prize up for grabs.
    http://www.draftstreet.com/l/fr_nhl2013_as.aspx?AID=1010&pid=402&subid=nhl-fd

  • ReimNier

    21 to 1 for the Leafs.  Colton Orr scores 9 goals, giving him more hat tricks in his career than Seguin.

  • Guesty_McGuest

    I love how players on other teams always have comments about trade rumours to the Leafs, half mocking the media and fans and half mocking the team itself. 
    In Horcoff’s case, he’s just mad because the only TV time he sees is when the game goes to a commercial break.

  • ProfessorRance

    Alec Brownscombe Awesome love when we do these.

  • Leafs rule

    Glad to see Holland centreing that 3 rd line ,they should be good for a couple of goals and some time off the clock Go Leafs Go

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GET THE BIG W TONIGHT BOYS!

  • Xxxxxnew

    Official lineup isn’t available until after the pregame warmup. Even then, Carlyle sometime switches it depending on who the other team throes out.

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

    4-2 Stars…I’m 0-7 predicting the other team since the Boston game, no sense changing now.

  • Leafs rule

    Xxxxxnew ohhh yea ,RC thegreat deciever ,I forgot ,colour me embarrass

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56 JVR jersey back on tonight, still read hot

  • wiski

    ingy56 Skate skate skate for 8

  • Xxxxxnew

    The lineup above is just a guess by some website.

  • Burtonboy

    Love how Gleason Jersey is turned around . Someone don’t like being reminded about a certain other defenseman who wore the number 8 lol

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Whats this BS

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    Xxxxxnew Sometimes I scratch my head at the lineups Randy Puts out. It was refreshing to hear him say last week that he has been playing J Mc way too much, Next game Holland was in his place.
    Its good to see him start understanding this. Sometimes I think Randy likes to reward guys a little to much, evevn when a more suitable player may be required.

  • wiski

    Burtonboy didn’t even notice till you mentioned it

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    Burtonboy I was wondering about that, Same with Troy…

  • Guesty_McGuest

    Burtonboy Ron Ellis?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    CanuckUKinToronto lol ya the dumb give away is a given. lets just hope its while we have a 3 goal lead

  • ProfessorRance

    CanuckUKinToronto Kessel is on fire. I don’t think he ran out of cookies just yet.

  • Burtonboy

    Doit4Dougie Burtonboy I don’t even remember what number Bodie wears lol

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

    wiski Burtonboy Haha…good eye

  • wiski

    Burtonboy Doit4Dougie 40 I think

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Bahhhh poppycock :)

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    https://twitter.com/FantasyHockeyDK/status/426470999685488640

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

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 I have the same underwear on too…is that too much information? :)

  • Burtonboy

    wiski Burtonboy Doit4Dougie Right you are ….I think

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    CanuckUKinToronto Doit4Dougie Ya he does that, also likes to run around to get a hit pointless hit once and a while….he was awesome in the playoffs though…lol

  • wendelsfist

    DeclanK Bring it

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    TheCanucksnaphook  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPimLc42EGk

  • Alec Brownscombe

    DeclanK  Bold proclamation – he’s our Duncan Keith.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Alec Brownscombe DeclanK 
    I’d be happy with him being the next (healthy, young) John-Michael Liles.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    Im ordering a new jersey, #81 and the words “the PHIL” on the name slot. If you see it around town it might be me, hollla

  • Xxxxxnew

    They wore No. 8 for the leafs
    Don Ashby, Mike Allison, Tim Armstrong, Irvine (Ace) Bailey, Ken Baumgartner, Aki Berg, Gus Bodnar, Frank (Buzz) Boll, Leo Bourgault, Murph Chamberlain, Rich Costello, Harold Cotton, Tie Domi, Jim Dorey, Gerry Ehman, Ron Ellis, Alex Faulkner, Chris Govedaris, Todd Hawkins, Mel Hill, George Horne, Greg Hotham, Pierre Jarry, Butch Keeling, Larry Keenan, Joe Klukay, Les Kozak, Peter Langelle, John MacMillan, Norm Mann, Willie Marshall, Paul Masnick, Bob McGill, Sean McKenna, Don Metz, Richard Mulhern, Gary Nylund, Fred Perlini, Walt Poddubny, Rob Ramage, Larry Regan, Rocky Saganuk, Brit Selby, Sid Smith, Jack Valiquette, Todd Warriner, Gary Yaremchuk

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

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Ferraro is a bumbaclot.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    Xxxxxnew Aki berg (disappointedly shaking head)

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56DeclanKTheCanucksnaphook or bumclot

  • Xxxxxnew

    There’s an exorcism in progress.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    ingy56 DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    DeclanK TheCanucksnaphook Fuck I hate Ferraro, and he hates the leafs so fuck him twice

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    DeclanK ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Awesome!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Doit4Dougie DeclanK ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook

  • wendelsway1

    Evening Gents….sticking with my Big Leafs win in regulation!……….GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    DeclanK Doit4Dougie ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook looks so natural

  • newkb

    Declan, don’t know if you saw Sandra’s answer on the other blog, but I have the same issue….cannot comment on my iPhone 4s.

  • wiski

    DeclanK Alec Brownscombe Bobby 😮

  • Shift_Disturber1

    anyone else got weird new comment bar?  black border and laggy?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Doit4Dougie DeclanK ingy56 TheCanucksnaphook Whoever did the Photoshop on the dreads did a bang-up job.

  • BPsotka

    newkb Same, on Nexus 7