Shark Club Game Day: Game #61, Maple Leafs at Islanders

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Things are rotten in Uniondale.

John Tavares is injured, and while the International Olympic Committee will compensate the Isles by covering his salary for the balance of the injury layoff, Garth Snow also wants the IOC to just kind of give money to their season ticket holders because the team sucks.

For now it seems Snow and Jack Capuano will play Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be dealt prior to the deadline after refusing a contract offer earlier this month. Same goes for their leading-point producing defenceman Andrew MacDonald, another player in need of a contract and soon to be dealt. Third-leading point scorer Frans Neilsen is out hurt.

A team with nothing to play for can sometimes be a dangerous team and play spoiler when the games tighten up down the stretch. Especially if there’s some players playing up the lineup, hungry for the opportunity and not really expected to win. Whatever the case, the Isles are a tire fire, lost six of seven before the Break and are now without their franchise player; it’s two points the Leafs really should have to kick off the final stretch of the playoff race.

The Leafs left off with two consecutive victories and 11 wins in their last 14. JvR has ten points in his last nine and Kessel has 26 points in his last 15.

The only addition to the lineup from the group the Leafs left off with will be Trevor Smith on the Leafs’ fourth line. The Leafs may go three lines plus McClement and Smith as their 10th and 11th forwards while continuing to play Paul Ranger as the seventh defenceman, as they did in their final two games before the Olympic Break, both wins.

Nikolai Kulemin will remain at center for tonight, centering Troy Bodie and Mason Raymond.

Jonathan Bernier will start. He’s started in nine of the Leafs’ last ten wins and posted a .971 save percentage in the last two games before the Break, stopping 75 of 77 shots faced.

Evgeni Nabokov will start for the Islanders. He’s 3-0-1 against the Leafs in his last four starts but hasn’t faced the Leafs yet this season.

Thanks as always to Daily Faceoff for the lineup graphics.

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Isles D

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  • TheCanucksnaphook

    I fuckin HATE raymond (this ensures he scores tonite)

  • Burtonboy

    Booya Game day

  • mike_84

    Wifes left for mexico to run a conference. Just the Pup and I. What do i order for dinner?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mike_84  Wheel.

  • Doorman

    mike_84  Tufo!!!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Doorman mike_84  I am having a tofu “turk’y” breast and salad for my dinner.

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook mike_84  ya i was thinking some Dominoes would work

  • mike_84

    Doorman mike_84  i do a package of firm tofu in the fridge

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman mike_84  Im having left over roast beef with gravy spread over a bed of egg noodles!!!  lol

  • Loric76

    4-1 Leafs

  • mike_84

    CanuckUKinToronto  With a few of our bottom 6 being able to play all 3 fwd postions 7 D isn’t a bad idea

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto  I dunno.  I am lost when it comes to even trying to understand what Carlyle things.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto  I dunno.  I am lost when it comes to even trying to understand what Carlyle things.

  • Doorman

    mike_84 Doorman  Send it to Phook!!!  That guy eats anything!!! lol

  • Doorman

    mike_84 Doorman  Send it to Phook!!!  That guy eats anything!!! lol

  • mike_84

    Doorman mike_84  Its really good in stir fry.

  • Doorman

    mike_84 Doorman  NA!!!  It will turn ya into a Tree Hugger!!!  lol

  • mike_84

    Bruffins  she was that ugly eh

  • Pent_House

    Bruffins  atta boy

  • Pent_House

    Bruffins  atta boy

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mike_84 Doorman  Really really good.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    is Shark Club a sponsor of the site?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mike_84 Dominos.  hot peppers, olives, and mushrooms. BOOM.

  • Pent_House

    The_Polish_Cannon  now I know you’re a real Polak…I had my doubts before

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook mike_84 Doorman  Wheres the Beef is my motto!!!  lol

  • ConnorCrisp

    Two victories and 11 wins in their last 14? Pretty impressive lol

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Doorman Think of the poor animals man….

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman  4 legs and a pepperoni on top!!!  lol

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Pent_House The_Polish_Cannon  lol just noticed it’s called the shark club game day thread. I never realized the site was sponsored by a sports bar, I’ll have to check the place out next time i’m in TO

  • ConnorCrisp

    I hope we get some shots of snow crying in his box tonite

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/markhmasters https://twitter.com/markhmasters/status/439163716639399936
    A lasting Sochi memory for JVR? Watching how intense Phil Kessel got supporting sister Amanda

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook mike_84  nah pepperoni, green pep, then random 3rd topping

  • mike_84

    Burtonboy  thats Bozies future wife

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy  and unlike some other American players we know, he can spell it too

  • Doorman

    Bruffins  Your a Leaf fan!!!  My,s well cut it off!!!  you will be to busy watching the playoffs!!!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Whats this game on boys?  TSN ?  Sportshit?  LeafsTv?

  • mike_84

    Jays in 30 on sportsnet

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook  Sportsnet

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Burtonboy FUCK !!  (thanks)

  • Pent_House

    I took two Tylenol colds, a few swigs of buckleys,  puked once this morning, im ready for game time boys.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Pent_House  atta boy.  I gotta eat then workout.

  • mike_84

    Pent_House  wheres the vodka?

  • Loric76

    mike_84  Leafs game day…Jays who?

  • mike_84

    Loric76 mike_84  need to kill 30 mins

  • Loric76

    Pent_House  Hot Toddy cures all

  • Pent_House

    mike_84 Pent_House  I’m hoping i can swindle my dear mother in dropping off a bottle and some soup lmao

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mike_84 well thats not vegetarian !!

  • Loric76

    mike_84 Loric76  I’m watching them make deep fried PB&J’s on drivers dine-ins and dives

  • mike_84

    Loric76 Pent_House  always wanted to try them

  • mike_84

    TheCanucksnaphook mike_84  i know thats the best part