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

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.

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1184 comments
Jay31
Jay31

Its' all good, Bernier's getting the W for us vs the Kings

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Rest up boys and beat the Kings.

'Night everyone!

deedrag
deedrag

A good night to all.

Bruffins
Bruffins

ranger, the PK and Raymond were decent

Cloud09
Cloud09

Leafs lost to the best team in the NHL on a back to back. Move on and get ready for LA.

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

night buddies ! now i gotta study for french :(

deedrag
deedrag

I thought BUTTMAN And SHENANIGANS were going to get rid of head shots? Doesn't seem like it to me.

mcloki
mcloki

don't really think of SJ as a fighting teams but there's been what 8 fights tonight 

BrandonCheema
BrandonCheema

i was hoping orr would jump the boards so he doesnt have to play for 10 games

Thedoor29
Thedoor29

why wingins had his gloves off fast there n

Bruffins
Bruffins

Kessel grabbing the guy off Dion, theres my highlight for the night

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Rielly and Kessel trying to keep the peace....lol

deedrag
deedrag

I hope the Leafs make the Playoffs and meet SJ for the cup and pound the shit out of them in the first game of the series!

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Okay....let's just beat them up....lol  :)

Welder24
Welder24

The chaos in the crease is because REimer can't catch or control the puck.  

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Good for Gardiner.....people need to get off his ass.......and Gleason....two beauties!

Thedoor29
Thedoor29

another good example of the instagator rule at its best might as well of forced wingins to fight

Luke_R
Luke_R

ranger danger huge block... stiingaa

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Cloud09 Losing sucks, no matter what, but we had long odds in this one. C'mon Bernier. Blank those Kings.

Jay31
Jay31

@Pent_House  line 2 with kulie was cycling successfully yesterday but admittedly nothing today

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Pent_House  Kid's had enough broken noses this year.....but I do want him in the line up  :)