A point of pride the past two seasons for Leafs fans has been the domination of the Ottawa Senators, save for one loss in Ottawa last February when the Senators scored the winner with just seconds remaining on the clock. The Leafs are winners of five straight against their provincial rivals and six of the last seven. The reason is simple: The Senators have had no answer for the Leaf attack.
The Leafs have scored 21 goals in their five straight wins over Ottawa, including eight points each from Kessel and JvR. Nazem Kadri has ten points in his last six games against the team who wanted to draft him (as seen in a draft floor exchange that was one of Burke’s finer moments as Leafs GM). Joffrey Lupul has 15 points in his last nine against Ottawa. All four of these players enter this game hot.
The Senators can score too, sitting just inside the top 10 in goal scoring, and the Leafs have been in some shootouts with this team the past two seasons (literally and figuratively). The Senators are in Sabres and Leafs territory in terms of shots allowed (and were right down there with the Leafs last season, as well), which has been a bad recipe against a Leafs offense that can strike quick and, when hot, make a lot out of little.
Both of these teams are on a positive trajectory in the tightly packed Eastern Conference. While the Senators aren’t as hot as the Leafs of late, they are 9-2-3 in their last 14. They trail the Leafs by six points with a game in hand. A Montreal OT loss earlier this afternoon puts them even with the Leafs for the third and final divisional playoff spot in the Atlantic.
Greg McKegg is expected to make his Leaf debut tonight in the place of Peter Holland, who is dealing with a pretty serious case of lace bite, from the sounds of things. Carter Ashton also looks doubtful. McKegg would likely step in between Raymond and Bodie while McLaren will join McClement and Orr on line four. None of this is confirmed yet, and we won’t know for sure until game time.
Jonathan Bernier will start for the Leafs; Craig Anderson for Ottawa.
JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin
Raymond – McKegg – Bodie
McLaren – McClement – Orr
Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Gleason – Rielly
Gardiner – Franson
New thread if anyone is interested
Please refrain from mentioning Bolland coming back I might JIZZ in my pants just at the thought of what type of team they would be!
Kadri just giving props to McClement for his professionalism and teaching him how to play.
Get him resigned Nonis.
Post Olympics let's leave JVR/Bozie/Kess and Lups/Kadri/Kule alone and throw MayRay/Bolland/Clarkson together for the 3rd line.
@juliesucks Great trade, felt like gleason needed a change of scenery
@juliesucks You could see from Gleason's reaction when he lost the puck late cause of the loose helmet he was calling himself an idiot. At least he puts pressure on himself like that. Got right back into the play though.
@CanuckUKinToronto hes not inconsistent, but nobody here can say hes not streaky. I wish he was more of an evened out scorer then the big ups and downs. Never the less for 5.4 mil is a joke to score 61 pts in 57 games
@CanuckUKinToronto 4th in pts if you count last 2 yrs, 1st if you count last 3.
If anyone thinks thats inconsistent, they're a moron
@TuckerForPunishment SHHH! We need to set Kessel up with her for one of his shakers!
about fucking time...
@TuckerForPunishment HNIC whenever Kessel's on the ice. Dirty shit!
@Jay_Berg couple of guys said today he was injured again
@Wilbur would look really solid
@Jay_Berg And they're learning to close out games.
@ingy56 awwwwwwww a cake...........and..................participation ribbons all around
@Marlies Man It kind of was and kind of wasn't lol Either way it wasn't called. A little Leafs pay back *cough Alfie cough*
@Marlies Man Attaboy RC ;)
@Loric76 That's great but I want to see this thing landing ;P
@Loric76 Lmaoooooooo turds r funny
@CanuckUKinToronto I agree with you. I'd like 2 of those with at least one being able to clear the puck to the forwards and the other block shots to give Gleason a bit of a breather.
If I'm Nonis, I'm getting rid of at least one of Orr and McLaren stat.
@CanuckUKinToronto whats O'byrne's number?
IMO Franson needs to go
@juliesucks I like Gards, but the amount of times he's pinched this year and ended up in the back of our own net is rising. He needs to learn to either eat that puck or slam it down the boards.
Late in the 3rd a Sens dman pinched and he did everything possible to keep the puck in, he even went to his knees and worked hard (dirty minds) and kept the puck in, Gards should watch that tape over and over again.
@Jay_Berg Good thing Shanny likes to be thorough cause he will eventually come to the conclusion it wasn't suspendable.
I'm talking about a hit in the Flames game.
@Jay_Berg I too thought you were referring to Kadri's hit. Fuck the Flames game. lol