Shark Club Game Day: Game #67, Maple Leafs at Sharks

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The San Jose Sharks are easily the most impressive organization since the early early millennium to have never won the Cup. While the Red Wings are popularly described as the paragon of consistency as a winning team that feeds the machine with acute draft day bargain hunting, San Jose has been a winning team that’s been better at the draft without the Cup to show for it. In fact, since 2003 no team has produced more games played out of its draftees than the Sharks, and they’ve been a good to great team the entire time.

Their current incarnation, 41-17-7 through 65 games, is an up-tempo cycling-possession team with great depth in the crucial areas. They’ve torn the East apart this season and have lost a total four regulation games at home, but the Leafs have a decent 13-8-2 record against Western opponents and are coming off a win over the Ducks which represented just their sixth regulation home loss of the season.

A disadvantage for the Leafs will be the rest factor. Thankfully, Carlyle was able to keep Kessel, Bozak, JvR and Phaneuf’s minutes at reasonable levels in last night’s win thanks to the team’s 2-0 first period lead. Nevertheless, the Sharks have been waiting at home for the Leafs since Saturday after disposing of the Habs in systematic fashion.

No teams allows more shots than the Leafs, and no team takes more shots than the San Jose Sharks. James Reimer better be ready. This will be a big ask of him tonight.

The Leaf lineup is expected to remain otherwise unchanged from last night’s win.

Game Lineups

Leafs Lines vs. SJ

SJ Lines

Graphics courtesy Daily Faceoff.

  • Burtonboy

    Fuck the Rags . 1-1

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

    4-3 Sharks (OT)…Same prediction as last night and that worked out just fine.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Does it make me a bad person for wanting Bernier in net again tonight??
    Fuck it!!  I’m an asshole.

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Hahha Evening Bro, 5-3 leafs with an empty netter !

  • Mind Bomb

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Yes actually :)

  • Optimustic

    3 – 1 Leafs  Same prediction as last night too.   Go Leafs.

  • Belfour20

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Be fair to Reims

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

    Mind Bomb ingy56  You have to drink another 26’er tonight you know! Superstitions and all.

  • Jmessih

    Reimer plays his best game of the season, all Leafs fans breath a huge sigh of relief

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Belfour20 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  
    Fuck being fair!!  Bernier was on a roll last night.  These are important points at stake here.  I’d prefer Bernier….just sayin’.

  • Burtonboy

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Good evening Mr. Asshole :)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  
    Evenin’ BB!!
    It’s gonna be a barn burner!!

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

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Belfour20  Big game for Bernier on Thursday, this makes a ton of sense to play Reimer tonight.

  • Burtonboy

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Burtonboy  They always are with the Leafs . Never a dull moment lol

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    ingy56 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Belfour20  
    Meh!!  Give him all three.  But yeah, ok, I see your logic.

  • Black_Hawk

    GO LEAFS GO

  • Black_Hawk

    Honestly the new face off rule they proposed (if you get caught cheating you have to move 12-18 inches back, if you get caught again you get a minor) might be the stupidest thing ever

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

    Black_Hawk  Unbelievable, think how long it takes to drop the puck now then add on that stupidity.

  • Jmessih

    Black_Hawk People acting like it is a good idea too. People are just stupid.

  • Mattmark

    Jmessih It won’t help if Phaneuf and Gunnar can’t get out of first gear.  They must be the slowest ‘number one’ defense pairing in the league, and their inability to advance the puck against any kind of forecheck is the main reason why we end up with more faceoffs in our own end than any other NHL team.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    So….I finally went to bed at 1am last night after the game.  Woke up this morning, looked at my clock…and see it was 8:08am.  DAMN!!  I slept in.  Brushed my teeth, threw on my monkey suit, and boogied up Hurontario to the 401.  Made it to work for 8:45…only 15 mins late.
    These late night games are killer.

  • Belfour20

    If the playoffs were to start today using a 1-16 format, these are the series we’d see in round 1.

    STL vs CBJ
    ANA vs DAL
    PITT vs PHIL
    CHI vs NYR
    BOS vs TAMPA
    COL vs MINNY
    SJ vs MTL
    LA vs TOR

    That would be very interesting to watch, I think we could beat LA in 7 games with our speed.

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 Black_Hawk  yeah just drop the puck for petes sake

  • Black_Hawk

    Jmessih Black_Hawk  so stupid

  • Jmessih

    Belfour20 Using a 1-16 format? That is not the legit way.

  • Black_Hawk

    Belfour20  i still liked last years format better then this years (dont even know where this one came from)

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

    Black_Hawk ingy56  The answers to most of their perceived problems are already in the rules. Just call them. Player’s not ready for the faceoff ? Drop the puck. They’ll be ready the next time.

  • Jmessih

    Mattmark Jmessih Dion and Gunner were great last night.

  • Belfour20

    Jmessih Belfour20  Yeah like a march madness bracket is all I did there. Not saying thats how the nhl is setup this season.

  • Black_Hawk

    ingy56 Black_Hawk  exactly, there is no point to call a penalty for something like a face off infraction

  • Mattmark

    Jmessih MattmarkI didn’t see that, but let’s hope they rise above themselves again.

  • Belfour20

    Black_Hawk Belfour20  Fantasy format. Kind of like NCAA’s march madness

  • MaxwellHowe

    Belfour20 There was a time in the early 80s the NHL did set the playoffs up that way.  Travel costs must have been insane

  • Black_Hawk

    Belfour20 Black_Hawk  i see, honestly i would go back to the old format

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Black_Hawk Belfour20  
    If it ain’t broken…..don’t fuck with it.

  • Jmessih

    Belfour20 Jmessih Ah ok. I just don’t like the conference switch till the final.

  • Belfour20

    MaxwellHowe Belfour20  Yeah I can see the travel costs being a huge issue, but I’m sure they could work around that

  • Cameron19

    Mattmark Jmessih  Man, that is just so not true.

  • Belfour20

    Jmessih Belfour20  True but I wouldnt mind seeing a potential Leafs vs Habs in the Finals

  • Jmessih

    Belfour20 Jmessih Oh if we could arrange that, then ya for sure lol

  • Belfour20

    Jmessih Belfour20  Well that wouold be the reasoning behind that. It would be awesome, and it would make for some high quality playoffs

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Belfour20 Jmessih  
    I want the Habs first round.

  • Belfour20

    Mattmark Jmessih  I dont know what game you watched last night but they werent bad at all. Only thing you could blame Dion for was Perry’s goal but that was more on Kadri than Dion. Dion had no choice there because Kadri was behind the net when his ass should of been in the slot.

  • Hmmm

    MaxwellHowe Belfour20  East playing West means more late night games too.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Belfour20 MaxwellHowe I recall the Habs meeting the Oilers in the first round one year.

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

    MaxwellHowe Belfour20  Habs lost too.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Belfour20
    Or a Kadri fan.

  • Belfour20

    MaxwellHowe Belfour20  You could do a 2-3-2 format like the NBA does if you are worried about travel costs

  • MaxwellHowe

    ingy56 MaxwellHoweBelfour20 But wasn’t there the time they met in the playoffs and Steve Penney came out of nowhere to star in net for the Habs and stole the series?  I’m not sure, I seem to remember that happening.

  • Belfour20

    Knights2Leafs Belfour20  You must be crazy, I love nifty mittens. I was the one saying patience with him when people here wanted him traded.