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.

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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 brownscombealec@gmail.com.
  • mikeshave

    LETS GO BOYS

  • 17Forever

    So true. And Ashton can hold his own.
    His nose can’t !! but he’s to blonde anyway.
    Hope he gets in.

  • Burtonboy

    STFU Healy

  • Waiting4LSC

    Alec:  You Da Man. You come through no matter what.

  • AsburyJukes75

    Burtonboy  Challenge to the board: break the record for likes on this post. 
    Healy deserves nothing but the best. And it’s best he shuts the fuck up and kindly goes fuck himself.

  • Cameron19

    Anderson really holding his team in it this afternoon. Pavelec really let his team down.  Damn.

  • 17Forever

    Cameron19  Ya watched it too. Chippy game. To bad there goalie wasn’t on. a couple of softies.

  • BPsotka

    One complaint I’ve noticed with Phaneuf: he’s been really weak on 2-on-1’s these last few games. He seems to miss the pass, which we all know is his only job (especially with Bernier in net, letting the shooter get half a breakaway is just fine).

  • 4evrblue

    Cameron19 Pavelec has to be the worst regular starter over the past 5 years statistically

  • mikeshave

    4evrblue Cameron19  what about dubnyk?

  • BPsotka

    mikeshave 4evrblue Cameron19  I bet Dubnyk has faced about 3x the shots

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Waiting4LSC  Of course. More time now to write about the Leafs. 😉

  • Cameron19

    mikeshave 4evrblue Cameron19  Not fair to Dubnyk. He didn’t have an NHL team in front of him.

  • AsburyJukes75

    17Forever Cameron19  The dirt caught my eye more. Smith and Kassian are making sure my level of Sens hate is where it should be. Through the roof.

  • 4evrblue

    mikeshave 4evrblueCameron19 he hasn’t been a regular starter that long

  • 17Forever

    BPsotka  Check out the passes !! over his stick. He ain’t no ball player.

  • BPsotka

    17Forever BPsotka  Just as often through his feet/stick. His job is to block the pass, and rarely is his body in the way because he doesn’t seems to go down. Reilly has been much more effective of late in this lone defensive case.

  • 17Forever

    BPsotka 17Forever  True, it is his job to take away the pass. I am more upset by the turnovers that caused the odd man rushes though.

  • 17Forever

    4evrblue mikeshave Cameron19  Winnipeg in on the goalie sweepstakes this summer ??

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

    BPsotka  He’s fighting some kind of injury, probably limiting his mobility to some extent.

  • 4evrblue

    17Forever 4evrbluemikeshaveCameron19 I would be if I were them but I would have been in on Halak at the deadline too lol

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

    Cameron19 mikeshave 4evrblue  Still doesn’t

  • 17Forever

    I wouldn’t put it past Gillis the Shameful to try and sign Reimer this of season.

  • Cameron19

    17Forever 4evrblue mikeshave Cameron19  Maybe. But Pavelec, aside from today, has been really good since Maurice took over. I think some in their management are of the opinion that team defense is more to blame than Pavelec.

  • 17Forever

    Cameron19 17Forever 4evrblue mikeshave  I haven’t seen to much of them this year. Not sure what there needs are.

  • BPsotka

    Cameron19 17Forever 4evrblue mikeshave  Makes sense. Maurice really lessened the space between defensemen and forwards and is giving the opposition a lot less time to play with the puck.

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

    17Forever  Sure, we’ll take the compensation for that, hope he signs him for huge money.

  • Cameron19

    17Forever  I don’t think any goalie would sign in Vancouver willingly right now.

  • 17Forever

    ingy56 17Forever  whats the breakdown again ?
    over 5 mil is 2 or 3 1st rounders ?

  • 4evrblue

    Cameron19 17Forever4evrbluemikeshave With years of history to draw on I wouldn’t base going forward with him on the past … what? 20 games? 30? Either way I’d still look to move on.

  • BPsotka

    17Forever BPsotka  True enough. I’m very glad then that he doesn’t play with Gardiner.

  • 17Forever

    Cameron19 17Forever  I know I wouldn’t !! but … if the money and playing time are offered …

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

    17Forever ingy56  Not sure TBH, I’m the wrong guy to ask. I just know the bigger the better.

  • Cameron19

    4evrblue Cameron19 17Forever mikeshave  But that’s what they felt about him for most of that history they’re drawing from. For most of Pavelec’s time with the Jets, he has faced the most scoring chances and shots in the NHL.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Alec: I posted on the previous thread. But may I ask if you could revive a past style. A Q&A session where you, Declan, Michael, Aaron, AP , maybe Alex and Mislav all answer the same questions. Always provided interesting reading.

  • 17Forever

    Cameron19 4evrblue 17Forever mikeshave  
    That bad huh !! 
    Atlanta just didn’t have D

  • PepTalk

    Bolland in tonight?

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

    PepTalk  Negative, talking end of next week now.

  • maple1967leafs

    17Forever  I doubt Gillis is still employed come july first

  • B_Leaf

    PepTalk  

    Two to three weeks I think

  • 4evrblue

    Cameron19 4evrblue17Forevermikeshave Prove it…… don’t just say it again either, give me links with stats and numbers of scoring chances.
    Even then I would still move on though lol. Sometimes change is just the right thing to do.

  • PepTalk

    ingy56 PepTalk  thanks

  • PepTalk

    B_Leaf PepTalk  WOW!

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

    PepTalk ingy56  NP

  • Cameron19

    17Forever Cameron19  Reimer isn’t going to be greedy if he’s thinking offer sheet. He’s going to be looking for the right opportunity. A team on the rise, perhaps. Minnesota would make sense for him. Winnipeg would make sense for him. Even Buffalo makes sense for him, as their rebuild looks like it could be swift, and properly executed. 

    If he were to go West, I would think he would follow friends to Edmonton, or be enticed by Burke. But you never know. Vancouver is a beautiful city.

  • Jay31

    17Forever ingy56  Itd be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

  • 17Forever

    BPsotka 17Forever  His D has been better the last couple. NYI game shook him around. Needs to produce though as an Off Dman. He is getting the time and the PP minutes. Needs to finish his chances, which have been there.

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

    https://twitter.com/Nick_Leafs https://twitter.com/Nick_Leafs/status/442422153049149440
    When Glenn Healy starts talking http://t.co/efIuXkiqNi

  • 17Forever

    maple1967leafs 17Forever  good point !

  • Waiting4LSC

    Bolland hasnt played yet,  but I’m feeling I want Leo + Holland, and with cap limit I would consider letting Bolland walk if he wants over $4M a year (he desrves it,  but our needs can’t afforf it IMO)