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.

GAME DAY READING:

  • 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

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Frankly I have absolutely no interest in Kesler. 30 yrs old and beat the Jesus

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Its an interesting article from the NY side though . Two key pieces unsigned and possibly traded. Lets see how they play down the stretch

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe Only 2 years on that contract.  Without question, I would rather Kesler at $5 mill for 2 than Bolland and $5 mill for 8

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Has nothing to do with Bolland for me . I simply don’t want Kesler

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe I still think that, if its true, St. Louis is being utterly unreasonable in demanding a trade to one team.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  He is for sure . Never did like him. Always came across as a whiner to me.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe I imagine Nonis has a higher opinion of Kesler.  And if the Bolland talks are at a stalemate, maybe the Leafs are better off cutting bait on him and solidifying the 2C / 3C position with Kesler.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Does he ? People on this board were saying saying last night  Kesler signed an offer sheet when Nonis was GM in Van to force a contract settlement

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe well Nonis matched it, so ..

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 team will be traded away by game time on this site (I’m working on it anyway)

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy I would give pretty decent odds that Bolland signs a decent contract and Nonis has no dealing with Gillis for any player

  • phaneufoundlander

    man, I couldn’t believe those loser schabs pulled out a point last night…9 shots after 2 periods and Gionta scores a fluke back hand off the post..those bums had no business getting that point last night. I hope the Leafs pound the fuck out of them on Saturday night ! Make me proud boys!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe You’re probably right.  But thats boring so I’m imagining a sexier turn of events

  • MaxwellHowe

    phaneufoundlander  hate.  the. habs. so. so. much

  • Murph2417

    MaxwellHowe Murph2417  Nope

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/FAN590 https://twitter.com/FAN590/status/439015805410217984
    “. https://twitter.com/RealKyper On David Bolland’s next contract “There will be somebody out there that gives him 7 years 37 million dollars”

    Just like Bozak was getting 5.5 and Clarkson was getting over 6 mil per. LMFAO

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy Great.  Trade Bolland to them now.

  • wendelsway1

    Good Game Day Morning, Fellas…..Great day to be a Leafer!!!…….GO LEAFS GO!!!!!

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 MaxwellHowe well i can’t spend anytime talking about how the Leafs will beat the Islanders.  Tho I do wonder if Holland gets the call back up or whether Smith plays or Kulimen gets back at 3C

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    WHOOT !!!

  • MaxwellHowe

    wendelsway1 Nice to re-charge against a wounded soft opponent.  And don’t no one dare reply with a negative thought.

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy  A little early to be into the sauce, Kyper  😉   Pffffft!

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy  Kyper don’t need sauce lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy $37 million. he just pulls random figures outta his behind

  • wendelsway1

    MaxwellHowe wendelsway1 Burtonboy  What a freakin’ Maroon!

  • phaneufoundlander

    MaxwellHowe phaneufoundlander  they make sick…the diving, the whining, and the idiots fans who think a penalty should be called every time a clown suit falls to the ice…

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/439020364753276928
    Dreger “I think Raymond is a possible trade piece over the next six days”

  • wendelsway1

    phaneufoundlander  As long as Soupcan is playing…….we’re golden  😉

  • Wilbur

    Burtonboy  This actually wouldn’t shock me at all. $5.3 million per for 7 years for a guy that will be 28 this June? Some maroon would pay that. I hope it ain’t us…

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy oh gosh darn it, nooooo

  • phaneufoundlander

    wendelsway1 phaneufoundlander  for sure…he’s bound to be a minus 2 on his own alone :)

  • Burtonboy

    Jesus Dreger . If your listening to what Nonis has consistently said . Every player is tradeable for the right price.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  “I think A is a trade piece…I think B-Z is a trade piece.”

    Piece W gets traded.  “See I told you I am an indsider!!”

    FUCKIN HACK.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook MaxwellHowe Burtonboy True, there is no scenario left that he hasn’t thrown out there.
    Would like to trade that MayRay though

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/439021005680705536
    Dreger “I don’t think we’re blowing the Bolland contract talk out of proportion at all. That’s what we’re paid to do”

    Hahahaha LMFAO

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy Paid to blow things out of proportion? sounds about right

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy  ….and if you listen to the MSM…..we won’t have a team left ’cause we’re trading everybody…lol  :)

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Yep. First accurate statement he’s made in a while.

  • MaxwellHowe

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy then you wake up March 6th and all thats under the tree is a Ryan O’Byrne.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  Each time I want to trade Raymond he does something positive.  And I also realize he is only costing us a million per.  I think he can contribute for us in the playoffs.