Tuesday Mashup: Attack of the Copycat Jerseys

Tuesday Mashup: Attack of the Copycat Jerseys

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Tonight, the Leafs will host one of the surprise teams in the League this season in the 31-16-5 Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite the loss of Stamkos after his 14-goals-in-17-games start, their reliance on the emergence of an inexperienced netminder and a supporting cast with quite a bit of rookie content, it’s  all come up aces for Jon Cooper, who is a serious Jack Adams candidate through 52 games.

Ben Bishop’s numbers are jaw dropping, with a 26-6-4 record and a .934 save percentage.  The decision to buy out Lecavalier and hand the captaincy to St. Louis, the Bishop for Conacher trade and the Valteri Filppula signing are looking pretty smart right about now.  They’re in great shape and are anticipating a big addition within the next couple of weeks.

The Leafs meanwhile appear to have everyone in wait and see mode at the moment. The way the team manages to win some nights and the pattern of results –  four consecutive losses in regulation, followed by six straight wins, followed by two losses (one in OT) – seems to have many fans unsure as to which direction this season is headed. That may be the answer right there – this is going to be a dog fight right until the very end in a heavily congested Eastern Conference playoff picture between positions 4 all the way down to 13.

Onto the links…

ICYMI: Anthony’s Monday Leafs Notebook looks at the PK and tons of other stuff
Doing a disservice to yourself by not reading this, if you haven’t yet.

JvR and Kessel are banged up, but expect to play tonight
Nobody panic!

JvR and Kessel’s health after the Olympics could be a concern
Everybody panic!

Trevor Smith is just about ready to return
Carlyle apparently plans to add him to the lineup. Too unrealistic to hope for four complete lines?

Phaneuf leads offensive attack plan from Leafs’ rearguards
Three points in his last four.

Nikolai Kulemin is not a fan of Don Cherry
I’m sure we’re all shocked  Cherry skipped past Clarkson and went right for Kulemin among wingers “paid too much” and have done “nothing.” 

Veteran backup Marty Biron feels Reimer’s pain
Even worse in Biron’s case – it was that prick Ryan Miller who took his job.

Tonight’s opponent, the high flying Lightning, have quite a few rookies
Many played under Cooper in Syracuse the season prior and love playing for the guy.

The Many Faces of Phil Kessel
Bookmark it for when you’re feeling blue.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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458 comments
ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Not much criticism of the rangers (2nd) in the Metro with the same # of Games as Leafs and 1 point less.


Leafs, Habs, Wings, Rags, Canes are all in about the same boat

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Are there still Outdoor games to be played? Enough already

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Leafs PK has been bad for a while, under multiple coaches, assistant coaches and GMs. From TSN:

"Success a year ago, in which they killed off an impressive 87.9 per cent in the lockout-shortened 48-game campaign, was a true rarity. In the seven seasons between the last two lockouts – from 05-06 to 11-12 – the Leafs never had a penalty kill finish higher than even 24th overall – sitting 24th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 30th, 28th, and 28th.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

alright fellas I mentioned AP's article to Jonas....see what he says.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

You can help! Join the conversation around mental illness and take part in Bell Let’s Talk activities.

Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:

  • Text message sent*
  • Mobile and long distance call made*
  • Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
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Jon5200
Jon5200

shotguncharlie.........thankyou

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Poulin coming up on TSN radio

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Jmessih Amazing that teams and owners to save a few weeks salary will trade or demote players before the olympic break.  

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I read about this in September.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Yay parity. Thanks Gary.........................1287348734r8gufgwbldfbiqwbbvbwqbvbjwb ; bv;bva ;n

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Shift_Disturber1 Yup wednesday with the rangers and islanders then march with the senaturds and the vancouver diving team for the heritage classic.

Jon5200
Jon5200

@Burtonboy and despite all that we have 60pts............go figure.............maybe we should just throw in the towel now............

Jon5200
Jon5200

@Burtonboy of course they dont.......its the Toronto media......wouldnt want to say anything positive about the Leafs/Marlies..............

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@wiski Thats awesome. Great cause to have. Watched the segment about Richardson's daughters death on TSN yesterday. What a sad story.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Forgot the link if anyone was interested in finding out more

http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/


*I have no connection with Bell in anyway but I do think this is a great initiative.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Xxxxxnew Yeah I thought there was something mentioned about this before

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

It's a one-year things, mostly for the local fans.