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

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

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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

Stars-Lineup

Lineups Courtesy of Dailyfaceoff

1085 comments
BPsotka
BPsotka

Trade everybody for picks? Carlyle can't coach, Dion can't captain, Phil can't defend, Bozak is 4th line at best. Pittsburgh model is the only way to win #Ekblad and #McKinnon

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ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

You've got Jim Hughson, then you have that guy calling the Tampa game. Holy shit

Wilbur
Wilbur

Good night all. See you in Winterpeg...

Jordan29
Jordan29

Everything was fucked tonight. Coaching, goalies, players, pucks................fuck even I just went in the bathroom to take a piss before bed and started brushing my teeth again instead. Night was a write off

Optimustic
Optimustic

Good night all.   Saturday is another day.   Go Leafs Go.

T K O
T K O

Well that was a bite in the nuts.

deedrag
deedrag

Get 2 more D like Gleason.  He doesn't stray from his position to much, only to lay a nice hit.Did anyone else notice Dallas played a box style d even when they weren't on the PK? They kept the Leafs out. Very effective system. It's like they were baiting to make passes up the middle, or come in thru there and they would pick them off.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Some Leafs fans are so fuckin predictable . We just reeled off 6 wins while facing one of the toughest schedules against some pretty good competition. These guys were obviously gassed and its not surprising yet some fans want to lay blame on Dion or whatever convenient  target they can find . What a load of bullshit 

Jordan29
Jordan29

People can rip Phaneuf on his play all you want, and you can use supporting information to help your argument, and its respectable at least. But for a fan who sits on a couch and watches a game on TV a few times a week from hundreds of miles away, its nothing short of hysterical to think you have a sweet fucking clue about if the guy is a good captain or not. Your not on the plane, your not in the dressing room, your not on the bench, your not eating food with them, your not on the ice.........your sitting on your couch probably pounding back a beer and reading about some stupid shit on the internet......stfu

Wilbur
Wilbur

Gotta say I'm really liking what Gleason has brought to the table so far. That play in the first period where the DAL player went wide on Franson and Gleason scooted right over to cover while telling Kule to take his man was excellent...

Jordan29
Jordan29

the good

-Kulemin played ok

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the bad

- Fuck this im going to bed

cant_take_it_anymore
cant_take_it_anymore

Thanks for the comments. Let me start over. Phaneuf is a CRAPPY captain.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy They were bad, the goalies were bad, Gunnar/Phaneuf were bad, and the line they played against was absolutely on fire. Bad combo.  


Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Jay31 Surprise, surprise. I was worried about that. They believe they can give 50 per cent effort and win ... until they get spanked once again.

crapit!
crapit!

@OptimusticYES IT IS PREPARE FOR ANOTHER BLOW OUT AND DONT GO CRYING TO THE CORNER WHEN IT HAPPENS LMAO

Cameron19
Cameron19

@deedrag Their system has been painfully inefficient all season. The Leafs just played like garbage. 

T K O
T K O

@Burtonboy I'm just as thankful that we lost a game before Clarkson came back..... can't even imagine if we ran the table and lost when he returned.

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

May I point out...that this pretty much excludes all of us from commenting on 90% of the stuff on here...but then I am a hypocrite!

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@Loric76 he could have saved some characters and included that they've won 2 out 3 so far. But that's too un-Mirtle

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

Raymond looked dangerous on the PP.....

Cosmos1973
Cosmos1973

Are you a Mason Raymond fan....c'mon, you can tell us!

Jordan29
Jordan29

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Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Cameron19 @Burtonboy One of those games. The schedule has been brutal . Just coming off a B2B with a long flight to Dallas. I know they had a day off but man that's no easy trip. No one should be surprised 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@blosers @Optimustic While I appreciate your immaturity, it does make me chuckle, I find your use of all UPPERCASE annoying. 

deedrag
deedrag

@Cameron19@deedrag They might of figured out the bugs in their system Cam. They won the other night too. We need a larger sample to gauge their play better. And yes the Leafs gave a poor effort minus Gleason and Kulemin. You know what after hearing people complain about someone's comment " It is what it is", it actually fits for this team. They win with authority and then lose real bad. "IT IS WHAT IT IS".

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wiski @Burtonboy He wasn't any worse than the rest of the D. Kessel was soft all night. The goalies were by far the weakest link. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@wiski @Burtonboy Along with the rest of the team wiski but you can't resist any opportunity to go after Dion. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Loric76 @Jordan29 yes, when he contiinues to play the wrong players right in front of your eyes. You dont have to be an idiot to know the difference between coaching and being a captain. Completely different

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@wiski @Burtonboy @Cameron19 Man go back and look at that stretch of games . I think its absolutely amazing to have played as well as they did over the last 6 games .

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @Cameron19 Just hope they put on a show in Winnipeg and bring their A game.  I can't tolerate a loss surrounded by idiot Jets fans. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @Cameron19 I guarantee they had a good time last night, too. Got the feeling they were overconfident and that the Kulemin goal only solidified that for them.  Then when they went to the PP right after, it was like "ho hum, we got this". All the momentum left them after that kill.