Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vancouver Canucks Preview

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Phil Kessel Fighting
VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 2: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks and Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs drop their gloves to fight during their NHL game at Rogers Arena on November 2, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Maple Leafs look to end embarrassing losing streak vs. Vancouver Canucks

After a Sunshine State road trip, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back at home after playing their worst game of the year (Panthers), followed by one of their better games of the year (Lightning).

The Maple Leafs (7-2-1) are the second-hottest team in the league over the past 10 games, while the struggling Vancouver Canucks (3-7-0) have the 3rd worst record over the same time frame. Vancouver has been outscored 23-10 while losing six games in regulation, good for the club’s longest slide since dropping eight in a row from Jan. 9-31, 2009. The Canucks haven’t lost 7 in a row since the 1998-1999 season. Vancouver looks from the outside in on the playoffs picture, presently sitting in 9th place and in a dog fight to make the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Such is the case with a team that has seen their aging core falter and contending window slammed firmly on their fingers, as Mike Gillis and company look to see where it all went wrong; their retool-on-the-fly blowing up in his face, with no end in sight.

After playing a lacklustre game against the Florida Panthers, the Maple Leafs rebounded by playing a great game against the Tampa Bay Lightning—a team directly in front of them in the standings and made the 4pt game a crucial win when the Leafs needed it most. After the 2 horse race at the top of the East (Pittsburgh, Boston), it is a very tight with 4 teams (Lightning, Habs, Leafs, Rangers) within 2pts of each other.

Maple Leafs vs Canucks

2003-04 season:Mon Nov 24 2003 at TorToronto 2, Vancouver 1
2005-06 season:Tue Jan 10 2006 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 3
2006-07 season:Sat Jan 13 2007 at TorVancouver 6, Toronto 1
2008-09 season:Sat Nov 15 2008 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 2
2008-09 season:Sat Feb 21 2009 at TorVancouver 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
2009-10 season:Sat Oct 24 2009 at VanVancouver 3, Toronto 1
2009-10 season:Sat Jan 30 2010 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2010-11 season:Sat Nov 13 2010 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2010-11 season:Sat Dec 18 2010 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 1
2011-12 season:Sat Dec 17 2011 at TorVancouver 5, Toronto 3
2011-12 season:Sat Feb 18 2012 at VanVancouver 6, Toronto 2
2013-14 season:Sat Nov 2 2013 at VanVancouver 4, Toronto 0

Wins: 53
Losses: 64
Ties: 22
OTLosses: 0
SOLosses: 1
Goals for Toronto: 465
Goals against Toronto: 485

  • Burtonboy

    I have one wish for tonight . Squash Burrows

  • GreekGod

    God I hate the Canucks! Go Leafs Go!

  • Knights2Leafs

    How do you post to MLHS from your twitter account?

  • WendelGilmour

    https://twitter.com/Jeffler

    https://twitter.com/Jeffler/status/432191425531215872

    That new mask on https://twitter.com/GSparks40's head is pretty sweet (photo by https://twitter.com/ChrisTSGphoto) http://t.co/XjXA385HDH

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Knights2Leafs  If you reply to a tweet we make from the LeafsNews acct, and there is a link in that tweet, it will show up in the comments section.

  • Habskilla

    Gilbey93 WendelGilmour  from what I can remember isn’t he a little guy tho??

  • mike_84

    WendelGilmour  Wonder whats on the other side

  • Cameron19

    Habskilla Gilbey93 WendelGilmour  6’3″, 205.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Knights2Leafs LeafsNews  May be the case for anyone that tweets out a link to the page. Ant’s articles he tweets out has the twitter replies show in the comments

  • GreekGod

    Gilbey93 GreekGod  
    Yea I didn’t mind them back then either… Think my hatred started as soon as Gillis took over. I hope Gleason just absolutely destroys Burrows.

  • Habskilla

    Gilbey93 Habskilla WendelGilmour  my mistake, i guess i am thinking of someone else

  • vinoa

    WendelGilmour  Definitely better than the Care Bears one lol.

  • Knights2Leafs

    DeclanK Knights2Leafs LeafsNews  thanks

  • WendelGilmour

    mike_84 WendelGilmour  
    Here you go.

  • theacs1966

    GreekGod Gilbey93  Gillis is JFJ Jr 2.0, he has run that team into the ground.  Do they even have anything coming up the pipeline?  Horvat, anyone else?

  • theacs1966

    Burtonboy  If he’s the guy with zero goal this yr, then he’ll score one for sure tonight, we are the slumpbusters.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93  I don’t believe he’s available.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  I think Burke will be able to turn it around there fast enough that he’ll want a 31 year old Giordano 2 years from now. They’re even trying to resign Cammalleri.

  • vinoa

    Gilbey93 Really Calgary? Any team that’s willing to give us Ph9 for Stajan is okay by me lol

  • GreekGod

    theacs1966 GreekGod Gilbey93  
    Yea man, Gillis destroyed a team that was ready to compete for the cup when he first walked in. Most of the trades he’s made or signings have been brutal. I don’t understand how he’s still the GM. Although, because of my hatred for Vancouver, I kind of enjoy that they are keeping him around.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Probably, but part of that will be because Cammalleri wants to go to a winner at this stage in his career.

  • GreekGod

    vinoa Gilbey93  
    hahaha in that case, any chance you think they’ll give us Giordano for Orr, Franson, Ashton, and Smithson?

  • wiski

    Good day folks, proud to be from a nation that seen some goop coming out of a tree and say oh that looks delicious 😉

  • vinoa

    GreekGod vinoa Gilbey93  I think a package of FML, Orr, and Smithson(or a bag of pucks) would’ve been enough when Feaster was around. Burke might be a bit of a dick after the way things went around. Plus judging by the Kadri draft, our best bet is to say we’re going for someone else or Burke will take Giordano for himself.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Burke better not dump Baertschi on us.  Or if he does, hopefully Nonis has a follow-up trade in mind

  • Jay_Berg

    C’mon

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  No. Has really fallen off this year. Looks like Burke was right about him.

  • GreekGod

    vinoa GreekGod Gilbey93  
    True… Wish Feaster was still around. I was thinking of a package that included Reimer + Franson for Giordano.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Calgary has only drafted 3 NHL players in the last 12 years. I don’t want any of their prospects.

  • WendelGilmour

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/432198408460173312

    Game preview with stats, team news, injury report & more: http://t.co/k2HJBScl9K https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash v https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Canucks&src=hash 6p https://twitter.com/cbcsports, https://twitter.com/FAN590

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Possibly 4 now because of Monahan.  That’s still an incredibly bad success rate.  Their scouting department is bar none, the worst in the NHL.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Wiski: I’m watching the Olympics, and a high percentage of the Canadians participating so far are from Quebec, or live in Quebec. Is a lot of the youth actively involved in these sports. (to all posters, nothing negative is intended by this post)

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Yea. If you go back to 2001, you can also add Moss.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/WereCanadianEh https://twitter.com/WereCanadianEh/status/432169381104074753
    Drink to the Olympics in style with https://twitter.com/Molson_Canadian http://t.co/42IEqqgrb7

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Pardy should not be in the NHL. Lombardi isn’t in the NHL. Kobasew shouldn’t be in the NHL. Some of these guys were drafted outside the 12 years, too. I did forget about Prust and Nystrom though. Still, there are other metrics. Read any article about scouting, and Calgary is dead last in every category. You’re taking a big chance to try and nab one of their prospects and hope for success.

  • theacs1966

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Where’s the guy they drafted out of high school that no one had heard of?

  • wiski

    Waiting4LSC  Lots of programs to get the kids outside in the winter here, a neighbors daughter is on the ski team Robichaud.  😉

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Lots of players have good years or look like good prospects. Their record speaks for itself, in my opinion.

  • theacs1966

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Lombardi was good till he got his head squished.

  • Ryan

    this whole big z carrying the flag for his country. Where Boston had to take two days to decided is crazy. They’re sitting first overall and it’s two games he is missing. I find it crazy Boston had to think about it

  • WendelGilmour

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweets

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/432200851403599872

    Leafs will wear classic
    jerseys for the 3rd and final time this season. They’re 2-0. Bernier
    expected to start. Leafs last beat van in 2003.

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Cameron19  Lombardi’s draft year was 2000 (though he was redrafted). Kobasew was also drafted in 2001 though. They still don’t have anything to show from recent years, even if the class looks good in junior or what have you.

  • Jmessih

    theacs1966 Gilbey93 Cameron19 Mark Jankowski, got cut from team world jrs a few times.

  • Jmessih

    Gilbey93 Jmessih theacs1966 Cameron19 I’m sorry what?

  • theacs1966

    Jmessih theacs1966 Gilbey93 Cameron19  Is he still in their system?

  • Cameron19

    Gilbey93 Jmessih theacs1966 Cameron19  Rielly?

  • Belfour20

    Cameron19 Gilbey93  You talk as if we’ve been spewing out amazing picks out of our ass! Anyone we’ve ever had thats been a superstar recently has been another teams draft picks.

  • Belfour20

    One thing I hate about Leafs Nation, we over-value our players and under-value other teams players. Sometime you just have to give credit where it’s due.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Was the Panthers game actually their worst this year? I mean they have had a few stinkers ;D

    I hope they plow these casuckers under  in convincing fashion tonight.

  • Belfour20

    WendelGilmour  Love those Jersey’s so much.