Shark Club Game Day: Game #63, Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have outscored the Leafs 11-2 over two games this season. Bad starts have been a killer, with the Leafs outshot 23-9 between the two first periods of those losses. Avoiding their season-long trend as one of the worst first period teams in the League (-15 goal differential) seems pivotal against a team that has had no problem scoring against the Leafs or in general this season (7th in goals per game).

There is some momentum going for the Leafs at home, winners of seven straight at the ACC, where they’re up to an impressive 21-10-1 this season. Only Boston and Pittsburgh have more wins at home among Eastern Conference teams.

With no game day skate today, the lineup alterations are a mystery until game time. The one thing we do know is that Frazer McLaren was waived with the intention of sending him to the Marlies.

There was some talk of James Reimer getting this start being under consideration – James Reimer will get the start, his first since conceding four goals on 19 shots on January 25 versus Winnipeg.

 

 

 

The Blue Jackets trail the Leafs by seven points but hold two games in hand.

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  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GO BOYS, LETS GET THE BIG W!

  • Gozo

    Will a miracle happen tonight to beat this team?

  • Burtonboy

    I find it very strange they never called up Holland

  • Loric76

    Columbus Blow Jobs giving Leafs fits this season, don’t see that changing tonight, especially with the defensive slump they’ve fallen into.

    5-1 CBJ :(

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy  played Saturday and yesterday didn’t he

  • ProfessorRance

    Huge game tonight against a very tough opponent who we’ve struggled against. We need to find that other gear that we have seen glimpses of this year. Let’s go boys!

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy  Played Sat. was sent back to the Marlies Sun but never played that game

  • Shift_Disturber1

    The CBJ trend is doing a 180 tonight 5-2 Leafs

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Loric76  ya that’s odd then

  • Yaknowwhat

    Reims or Berny tonite?

  • ProfessorRance

    Yaknowwhat  Bernier. But the heart wants Reimer to get a start.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Leafs didn’t skate this morning I gather?

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56  nope

  • Reversethecurse13

    ingy56  you’ll probably have to wait until 8:00 to see them skate 😉

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Dangle_My_Berries ingy56  Hence the goaltending question.

  • Yaknowwhat

    Yeh I would of gave Reims the start…he’s due…

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries  yup

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Russostrib https://twitter.com/Russostrib/status/440628254630629376
    Bettman says he continues to get https://twitter.com/search?q=%23nhl&src=hash expansion interest from Seattle, Vegas, Kansas City, Quebec City

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Yikes.
    https://twitter.com/mc79hockey

    https://twitter.com/mc79hockey/status/440606534863560704

    This CBJ-TOR game tonight can have an 18 percentage swing on TO’s playoff chances. Love this time of year.

  • 1965CJW

    LeafsNews MapleLeafs No pressure but only 4 teams allowing more goals than Leafs.Can they go into playoffs like this?Everybody else knows

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Reversethecurse13 ingy56  Zing!  Any ETA for the first shot?

  • ProfessorRance

    Yaknowwhat  Agree. It’s about time he gets one. I want him to do well if he gets the start too.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Burtonboy  Buttman has selective hearing

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56 Reversethecurse139pm?

  • ProfessorRance

    Burtonboy  Kansas City, really?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Shift_Disturber1 ingy56 Reversethecurse13  Actually, I think Reversethecurse13 just took the first shot:)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    ProfessorRance Burtonboy  Brand new rink.

  • LeafsNews

    1965CJW MapleLeafs Watch and see, I guess. Few teams can score like the Leafs, so there’s that.

  • Optimustic

    ingy56  Duidn’t skate much on Saturday either.  :-)   Good thing Kessel, JVR Bozak and Dion were there.

  • Optimustic

    ingy56  Duidn’t skate much on Saturday either.  :-)   Good thing Kessel, JVR Bozak and Dion were there.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    ingy56 Shift_Disturber1Reversethecurse13  Yep. But we have started ok. Just haven’t sustained it for long

  • 1965CJW

    LeafsNews MapleLeafs One line team, no scoring depth to take pressure off Kessel #Hartcandidate

  • ProfessorRance

    ingy56 ProfessorRance Burtonboy  Is there a substantial fanbase there though?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    Reversethecurse13 Burtonboy  And is an ass clown who doesnt even like Hockey

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Shift_Disturber1  This fucker will be the BJ’s biggest fan tonight

  • Loric76

    ingy56 needed a rest from all the standing around watching they’ve been doing lately

  • Yaknowwhat

    Expansion? No way…relocation ? maybe…contraction would be better though..

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    @1965CJW LeafsNews MapleLeafs  kessel doesn’t need pressure taken off him….he its it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…

  • Loric76

    Alec Brownscombe Shift_Disturber1  gotta admit, I’m a pretty big fan of BJ’s myself

  • Yaknowwhat

    Is he mocking our shirts with his avatar?

  • vinoa

    Dangle_My_Berries LeafsNews MapleLeafs  Is it time?

  • Reversethecurse13

    @1965CJW LeafsNews MapleLeafs  One line team? lol #wrong #backtotwitter

  • Leafs rule

    The leafs will win ,the leafs want to win ,the leafs will win this I pray

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Yaknowwhat  Who knows, probably. He’d be the type of guy to take it too seriously.

  • ProfessorRance

    Leafs rule  Hopefully we won’t start like we did last game.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    ProfessorRance ingy56 Burtonboy  Of course not, Buttman’s never let that be a factor.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    vinoa Dangle_My_Berries LeafsNews MapleLeafs  KESSEL!…..GET THE TABLES!!!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Loric76 Alec BrownscombeShift_Disturber1 Steak and BJ day coming up soon

  • Yaknowwhat

    Reimer is stating tonite

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Alec Brownscombe Shift_Disturber1Yeah, isn’t he an Oiler fan?