Home Game Day Game #56: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

Game #56: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

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The Maple Leafs look to even the season series in a “should mean 2 points” meeting against the 27th-place Florida Panthers. A win would give the Leafs eight victories and an OT loss in their last 10.

The first game featured some spells of brutal hockey by this team in a 3-1 loss, but interestingly that was one of only nine games (out of 55) in which the Leafs outshot their opponent (29-23). An early goal against (Fleischmann, after the Kadri turnover and bad Phaneuf pinch) maybe altered the course of the game as far as the shot count went.

Revisit the game in six and it is apparent even in the abbreviated version how messy of a game the Leafs played last time out versus the Panthers:

Scott Clemmensen was also sharp in turning away 28 of 29 shots. Clemmensen’s only played one game this month, but head coach Peter Horacheck seems aware of his history against the Leafs (.943 save percentage over six games) as he will start again tonight. Jonathan Bernier will mind the nets for the Leafs.

It just seems like a Leafs thing to do to light up an assemblage of goalies that includes Rask, Price, Bishop, Miller and Varlamov before getting stonewalled by Scott Clemmensen. Let’s hope the Leafs make Clemmensen look like the career backup he is, for once, en route to two points.

The Leafs should remember that going down 3-0 by the early third against this team, on home ice, was pretty embarrassing. That should negate any chance of underestimating this Panthers team tonight.

No lineup changes are anticipated from Tuesday’s win over Tampa Bay.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers Results

Season
Date
Home/Away
Result
2011-12 season:Tue Nov 8 2011at TorFlorida 5, Toronto 1
2011-12 season:Tue Dec 27 2011at FloFlorida 5, Toronto 3
2011-12 season:Tue Feb 28 2012at TorFlorida 5, Toronto 3
2011-12 season:Tue Mar 13 2012at FloFlorida 5, Toronto 2
2012-13 season:Mon Feb 18 2013at FloToronto 3, Florida 0
2012-13 season:Tue Mar 26 2013at TorToronto 3, Florida 2
2012-13 season:Thu Apr 25 2013at FloToronto 4, Florida 0
2013-14 season:Tue Dec 17 2013at TorFlorida 3, Toronto 1

Interesting patterns of results against Florida in the past few seasons. In 2011-12, the Leafs were swept in the season series, conceding five goals in each of four meetings (combined score of 20-9 Florida). Last season, the Leafs swept the Panthers with three wins and a combined score of 10-2.

Carlyle’s Game Day Presser:

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. Contact him at [email protected]
128 comments
Radar O'Rielly
Radar O'Rielly

My friend just got home from visiting his Mom from Winnipeg, and brought me some chicken Roti :)


It is the perfect pre game meal :D

ingy56
ingy56

Oh goody...Sportsnet tonight. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

If the leafs, Bruins, and Lightning win tonight, that would be MASSIVE for the standings 

Doorman
Doorman

Hey Jordan:  how,s Keon???  is he still alive???  lol

LN-093
LN-093

Ha! Not even an hour after we discussed the possibility the trade of Parenteau was possibly for Subban, Hockey Insiderr posts:

@HockeyyInsiderr: #BREAKINGNEWS The #Avs and #Habs discussions have elevated to a different level. Names I hear mentioned are PK Subban and Mackinnon now." Good to know he reads MLHS.

Loric76
Loric76

When kids need a hero, they look to the NHL.  When the NHL needs a hero, they look to young stars like Crosby and Stamkos and Tavares.  When young stars like Crosby and Stamkos and Tavares need a hero, he looks to Jake Fuckin' Gardiner.


There, got one in lol

Loric76
Loric76

aw man I just got here, missed the counter trolling

Pent_House
Pent_House

What's with the Gardiner stuff? 

JMAC17
JMAC17

Sorry for the Hab content but just wanted to use this point to show how great we have it here with Alec and team...


A hockey writer for the Denver post said today that the Habs and Col deal for Patenteau would be for Subban and that PK would then be signed for 6M a year!


Can you believe that even went to print?



ingy56
ingy56

5-0 Leafs!!! Kadri with the hatty!!! Oh wait, Doorman beat me to it....Okay, 4-2 Leafs, Gardiner with the winner. 

Doorman
Doorman

LEAFS 5-0!!!  What the Hell did you expect!!!  Kadi is on a mission!!!  3 big ones tonight!!!


GO LEAFS GO!!!

ingy56
ingy56

@Doorman I think he may have taken him ice fishing. Sent him down the hole for a quick look-see. 

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Doorman dont know dont really care. I have enough people on this site i like to worry about a few who dont like me :)

ingy56
ingy56

@LN-093 I hear now that Jake Gardner could be the prime piece moving West for MacKinnon, ROR and Duchene. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Actually it said Parentau plus prospects or picks, plural in both cases.. And it didn't say he would then be signed for $6 million. It said next season PK Subban is a free agent and would command a salary in excess of $6 million.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@wiski @The Truth Hurts You've seen I can acknowledge a bad game from Phaneuf when he has one. I think it's rare, but I'm capable of it.

I just have a pet peeve when it comes to some of the completely garbage critiques levied his way. No one gets it worse in that regard than Phaneuf.

steele123
steele123

@ingy56 @MLHS_Luke Watched him a lot when he was with the Generals in the O and he was a helluva player. Wish we would have taken him in his draft year.

Jordan29
Jordan29

@wiski @ingy56 @Doorman nothing serious, I just dont like how he made it seem like i was inferior to him and hes smarter then me. Hes always been like that but I clearly over reacted and honestly, any friend of MLHS is a friend of mine