Game #56: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs Preview

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 17: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs battles for the puck with Sean Bergenheim #20 of the Florida Panthers during NHL game action December 17, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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

SeasonDateHome/AwayResult
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:

  • lieffan

    Oh no, does logic follow we’ll now get swept in this season series!
    SHIT!

  • Xxxxxnew

    Depends if the boys take the game lightly or they go at it like they’re playing the Bruins.

  • Xxxxxnew

    If you’re around Alec, the iPad War Games ad problem seems to have gone away.

  • wendelsway1

    Just got in……Leafs win in regulation tonight!   Kessel’s Shooting to Thrill!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEKwQmahMKM

    Nazzy’s gonna RazamaNAZ us tonight!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iINA6fOXlFY

    And for my newest fav…….Gleason……Ironman on the D!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpDQWNtykxo

    BERN THE BOATS, BABY!!!…….GO LEAFS GO!!!!!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Xxxxxnew I’m not around. Playing this War game on my iPad. It’s pretty sweet.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    LN-093 That is outrageous. I hope it’s true because Habs, but it’s outrageous.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I hope it flips you over to MLHS just as you’re about to burn down a castle! lol

  • ProfessorRance

    LN-093 I’d laugh so hard. Even Montreal isn’t that stupid. But are they?

  • Jay31

    Alec Brownscombe LN-093 That would be the new fleece of the century. Here’s hoping the Habs do it

  • Alec Brownscombe

    LN-093 Alec Brownscombe Not sure it goes to show anything, but maybe. Who is Mike Chambers, and how do we know he’s credible? Parenteau as a centerpiece to a Subban package is crazy talk.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Journalist at a good paper.
    Mike Chambers covers college and professional hockey for The Denver Post. He has written for the Post since 1994, after dumping his first and only office job a couple years out of college. He has covered everything from motorsports to polo, but the one constant of his career has been hockey. He began covering the DU Pioneers full-time in 1995, when the NHL returned to Colorado, and helped out with Avalanche through and beyond the Stanley Cup years. The Denver native has a journalism degree from the University of Northern Colorado and lives in Highlands Ranch with his son. Playing hockey and writing about the game are among his passions.

  • The Truth Hurts

    wendelsway1WW right in my musical wheelhouse!!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    https://twitter.com/JeffMarek

    https://twitter.com/JeffMarek/status/429005173973741568

    Watch the 59 Scrivens saves in 2 mins http://t.co/IyXZki2f5q

  • Xxxxxnew

    @jonasTSN1050: James van Riemsdyk dubs former Lesf Ben Scrivens “Scri-vezina” after 59-save shutout last night.

  • Xxxxxnew

    @jonasTSN1050: David Clarkson managed to get through skate today with no issues. Still must have stitches removed from elbow before he can play.

  • Xxxxxnew

    @markhmasters: Jake Gardiner on Gleason playing tonight after some bad puck luck & shoulder injury Tues: “I don’t know if I’d be back in that quickly”

  • Xxxxxnew

    @markhmasters: Reimer on Gleason: “He’s a warrior. The guy’s done nothing, but impress us & fight for us.”

  • Xxxxxnew

    @markhmasters: Carlyle on Gleason: “When you see people give up their body & sacrifice it has to be [inspiring]. If it isn’t you’re in the wrong business.”

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1and one for the doubters…………Paranoid.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZyVZFJGX5g

  • GVR_JVR

    Not Leafs related but are the Raptors becoming the new “darling” franchise for MLSE? I’ll admit I’m “THAT” fan that only tunes in when they’re winning but man are they fun to watch. Just shows how low expectations can bring a team together..
    Anyways, rant over. GO LEAFS!!!

  • Xxxxxnew

    @SportsnetSpec: Luongo on Scrivens’ 59 saves: “I could use a game like that.”

  • Jmessih

    Good for Kadri and Lups to take part in an optional skate this morning, love it when veteran or established guys take part. Sends the right example/message for the younger players on the team. JVR and Gleason are to of the more vetran guys who took part but they were likely testing themselves after off days earlier. https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590 https://twitter.com/DavidAlter590/status/428915701558964225
    Leafs Forwards at skate: JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Bolland, Clarkson, McLaren, Orr, Bodie, Ashton, Holland.

  • Marlies Man

    GVR_JVR Darlings? Again? For how long?

  • Jmessih

    wow this pic brings back the memories, two of my all time favs. https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/428924036299513856
    The https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash connection with our troops on Canadian Forces Night http://t.co/PqEiuuW5Ei https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tbt&src=hash http://t.co/qCR7gSzYLghttps://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/428924036299513856

  • GVR_JVR

    Could be a long time considering the eastern conference is a shitshow lol

  • Marlies Man

    GVR_JVR In all honesty man, I hope so. If it’s for real, it would be another good sign for all MLSE teams.

  • Mind Bomb

    Alec BrownscombeLN-093They Forgot to mention that the prospect was Mackinnon

  • Mind Bomb

    ProfessorRanceLN-093Calgary traded Dion with out even shopping him, the same Colorado got Raped for Shattenkirk a couple years ago, 

    So yes Montreal might be that stupid

  • Marlies Man

    Shift_Disturber1 Give the man a bonus. That was a lot of rubber. I hear he needs a new truck.

  • ProfessorRance

    Xxxxxnew LOL.

  • Mind Bomb

    Jmessih
    Aye Man thats good on Kadri, and lups better be at everyone till he starts scoring, he aint gettin 5 mil for his defenence

  • Mind Bomb

    Marlies ManGVR_JVRThey are bringing Back Vince Carter :))

  • Mind Bomb

    ProfessorRanceXxxxxnewHey Professor, good match going on, good night last night for you

    Good luck

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmastershttps://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/429013066609479680
    Since Carlyle shuffled D making Gardiner-Rielly 3rd pairing & putting Gleason-Franson together Leafs are 7-2-1

  • ProfessorRance

    Burtonboy We’d be undefeated if Franson was gone….but we’d be better.

  • wiski

    WOW. This is cool. Check out this https://twitter.com/UnderArmour video crossing the Henderson goal with modern day snowboarding. http://t.co/bzI7lNGJSb    Goosebump city

  • The Truth Hurts

    BurtonboyThe less you have 51 on the ice the better.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy See we are wining after RC promoted Franson, so there everyone lol :)

  • Burtonboy

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy Fascinating that he’s 3rd in TOI for defensmen on the Leafs eh

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

    Xxxxxnew At least he didn’t fall down on his elbow :)

  • Alec Brownscombe

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy Lame

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jake Gardiner is one of my very few untouchables on the team.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I think Jake Gardiner should play even more.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Gardiner has Neidermayer potential, if we give him time to mature.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Gardiner is the kind of player you win with.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    It’s great that Rielly is learning under the tutelage of a defenceman like Gardiner.

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

    wendelsway1 Loved the Sabbath video, Iommi is an amazing guitar player. I’m amazed Ozzie remembers the words….

  • Alec Brownscombe

    And while he’s too humble to admit it, I know for a fact Gardiner has saved countless lives through humanitarian efforts.

  • wiski

    Alec found my stash 😉

  • maple1967leafs

    When Beiber got arrested he used Gardiner’s name to get released