Thursday Mashup: Game Day At Last

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TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 19: David Clarkson #71 of the Toronto Maple Leafs checks Matt Donovan #46 of the New York Islanders during NHL game action November 19, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

21 days off felt as long as it sounds, but the Maple Leafs‘ 2013-14 regular season will begin rounding its final corner tonight in New York.

From the sounds of it, the Maple Leafs, after all the time off, may end up with the same lineup they left off with, more or less, tonight against the Isles. That could include Nikolai Kulemin at center along with Mason Raymond and Troy Bodie on line three, the usual top line and Lupul – Kadri – Clarkson on L2. Dave Bolland doesn’t sound ready to go just yet, but Trevor Smith is available and may factor into the lineup. Carter Ashton’s status isn’t clear.

It’s going to be a frantic race to the finish with 22 games in 45 days. The Leafs will need at least 21 points out of those 22 to ensure a playoff berth in April. Two points against the Tavares-less Islanders seems like a good place to start.

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  • Optimustic

    Good ” game day” morning MLHS.    2 points against the Tavaresless Islanders is a great way to start the home stretch, but 4 points against them and the Habs is a better way.  Go Leafs Go!

  • rachmba

    tmlfanfury go leafs go or else

  • Loric76

    Optimustic  you’re not thinking big enough.  How about 44 points out of the next 22 games to finish off the season, with a 22-game win streak momentum to steamroll into the playoffs with.

  • Burtonboy

    5 episodes of ” The Leaf ” have been uploaded to youtube . 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF8bP-pR7sY

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy  have to sit down and watch those at some point, I hear they’re great

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy  I saw episode 1 with Clarkie . Good stuff . I can’t get Leafs TV so I had to wait till they come up on youtube

  • Burtonboy

    Re: Kesler . Gillis had better have changed his approach since the Luongo fiasco if he expects to make any trades. If he remains greedy ( could have had Kadri + for Luongo from Burke ) he’s going to be shit out of luck .

  • Burtonboy

    Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis has asked to be dealt only to NY Rangers: report
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/lightning-st-louis-dealt-rangers-report-article-1.1703131#ixzz2uWYBmPWJ

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy Trade Kulimen and Bolland for Kesler.  Kesler has 2 years on his contract, when one assumes Holland will be in a postion to take full time duties at 3 (or even 2) C

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy Yeah, Stevie Y will get right on that your highness