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.
http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/03/08/game-review-game-65-leafs-4-vs-flyers-3-ot/ New thread up. I see it was just posted.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
@PeterZeroOne goalie change
@Jmessih theyhave to make the playoffs too so that ain;t happening
@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
@Jordan29 he is probably going on the roadtrip
@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
@wiski Blinding the shooters. Interesting strategy.
@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.
@Optimustic The Flyers D is shit. Leafs let them off the hook by halting any semblance of a forecheck in the 2nd period
@.JVR. The Holland and Ashton callups put us down to 5.
@.JVR. MCLaren was emergency recall
@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.
@Tim Horton Only one was really a point shot, and I doubt he ever saw it
@MaxwellHowe 1st time it was mentioned tonight
Pretty sure teams are only allowed 4 callups
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.
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.