Shark Club Game Day: Game #65, Flyers at Maple Leafs

Shark Club Game Day: Game #65, Flyers at Maple Leafs

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Frazer McLaren has been called up for tonight’s game basically because of this from a few days ago:

Here’s where it kind of makes sense: The Leafs aren’t going to have a functional fourth line whether Frazer McLaren is up or not, so they may as well have him around to go out and maybe fight if something happens during the game and there’s the sense that a score needs to be settled. With the importance of the two points for two teams trying to fend off those behind them and clinch a playoff berth in the East, it seems unlikely the two teams will be anything but business, but there is no shortage of chippy-ness on that Flyer roster and there is (obviously) the risk of it boiling over.

Here’s where it doesn’t: You can only make four recalls after the deadline passes and McLaren is now the first.

This game could be a lot of fun to watch, featuring two offensively-inclined teams lacking defensive stability, both hot in their last 10 games. The Leafs should have the edge in net, where the Flyers are slightly improved by their standards but still sit 24th in save percentage. Could we see something close to the 10-goal game between the Caps and Flyers? Hopefully Jonathan Bernier can prevent that from happening. Claude Giroux enters with six points in his last two games and will need a healthy dose of Dion, who has had good nights against some of the league’s most dangerous offensive threats this season, including a few notable Saturday shut down efforts on Crosby and Ovechkin.

David Clarkson is questionable tonight with a leg strain injury. If he can’t go, one imagines Carlyle moves Bodie up onto the Holland and Raymond line while McClement and McLaren become the 11th and 12th forwards. It really should be Ashton getting a chance next to Holland, though. We’ll know come game time.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
1413 comments
rustynail
rustynail

looks like s suspension in Stars game

traNsplantEdneWfie
traNsplantEdneWfie

Chillin on cheap beer in Miami. Checked the hockey scores as soon as I landed. Fuck yeah, what a way to start a vacation. Go Leafs!

Jordan29
Jordan29

what is the bolland story>?

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Kadri getting praise from grapes

Optimustic
Optimustic

Grossman and Streit didn't look good on the winning goal,If they were Leafs, I'd have been pissed off at Streit and wondering where he was.  Lupul was standing all alone for too long.

.JVR.
.JVR.

I know it's probably already been mentioned, but contrary to what Alec says in the article, the Leafs have now used 3 of their 4 recalls allowed, as they recalled Holland and Ashton after the trade deadline.


Also, does anybody else think Bolland should start out on the fourth line in a shutdown role when he first returns?

JVR   -   Bozak   -   Kessel

Lupul   -   Kadri   -   Kulemin

Raymond   -   Holland   -   Clarkson

D'Amigo/Ashton   -   McClement   -   Bolland

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

I see all 3 goals were by defense men. Bernier always does seem to have trouble with point shots.

gjdevlin
gjdevlin

A win is a win and it's nice to bag two points. I just hope they strengthen their defensive game going out on the road next week as it is going to be tough. There were stretches were the Leafs got the puck out. They would run up with the puck and try to score then quickly relapse back into a defensive schema without actually putting on an aggressive fore-check - it's bothersome and that is why the Flyers came back.


I was also bothered by the fact that the Leafs lost the race to several pucks on their defensive zone so it ends up with the Flyer knocking away the puck before being pinned the the boards. The puck skitters to the teammate and the Leafs waste time pinning opponents to the boards instead of battling for the puck.


Mason Raymond's rebound control was atrocious and the Leafs failed to capitalize on it to truly put the game away without having to resort to a tie and a win.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Wasn't around tonite, but I imagine the fact Dion is obviously playing hurt was a topic of conversation.  Gonna have to keep playing 7 D to really get his minutes down

rustynail
rustynail

@Jmessih  theyhave to make the playoffs too so that ain;t happening

rustynail
rustynail

@Jordan29  Lethonen run over and head butted, lost helmet and hit head on crossbar left game.Instigator got 5 and a game and I would bet a few more games

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@rustynail The long shifts were an obvious problem from the beginning.  Not cool.  The Leafs can't duplicate the quality of play of Team Canada, but should be able to imitate the shift length discipline

djamon
djamon

@Optimustic  The Flyers were at the end of a fairly long shift, whereas we got Gunnar and Dion out there. They basically generated the goal, so fresh legs made a difference.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Optimustic The Flyers D is shit.  Leafs let them off the hook by halting any semblance of a forecheck in the 2nd period

djamon
djamon

@.JVR.  The Holland and Ashton callups put us down to 5.

ingy56
ingy56

@Tim Horton  Only one came from the point, Timonen snuck in and scored from the edge of the crease on one and in the slot for his other one. 

Optimustic
Optimustic

@djamon @Optimustic  Late in the game, isn't a good time to be caught out on a long shift.  The legs go to mush pretty quick.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@MaxwellHowe @Optimustic  They should have tried to fix that at the deadline last week.  We could have given them a D for some useless depth forward like Couturier.  :-)

.JVR.
.JVR.

@djamon

Pretty sure teams are only allowed 4 callups

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Optimustic @djamon  The 2nd period is also bad for defensemen.  Where the benches are, the forwards have to get it in deep or they can't change.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@B_Leaf

True, but I think he should start him off slowly.

That fourth line would be an amazing line to shut down the opposition.

Bolland isn't great at faceoffs anyways, so having McClement out there to take them for him would be huge.

Also, this allows Holland to continue playing.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@.JVR. @B_Leaf  


I don't disagree, but Carlyle will bump his minutes as soon as he sees he is playing

.JVR.
.JVR.

@B_Leaf

Why do you say that?

You've gotta remember he hasn't played in over 4 months and that 4th line wouldn't be getting the typical Randy Carlyle 4th line minutes.