Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings

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Not too long ago they were toiling dangerously close to the playoff cut off line, unable to score more than a goal a game, but we all knew Los Angeles was too good of a team with too much winning experience not to turn it on down the stretch when the urgency level rises. That’s exactly what the Kings have done, scoring 25 goals over 8 games and posting an 8-0 record since February 8.

Looking to halt the Kings’ heater is the Maple Leafs led by ex Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, who has won three in a row and is tied for 5th in save percentage this season. His first time back in LA as a member of the Maple Leafs, this is a big night for Bernier personally and hopefully the team responds accordingly. He’s certainly stopped enough shots this season to deserve it.

Back in November, the Kings came into Toronto at a time when the Leafs had been slumping. Everyone pictured a game spent largely in the Leaf end of the rink, and yet the Leafs allowed less than 25 shots and spent the majority of the game outskating LA and cycling in their end. It remains one of the more fundamentally sound performances of the Leafs’ season, but it was also a loss as the Leafs could not get one by Martin Jones.

Can we expect more of the same tonight? Probably not. The Kings have allowed the fewest goals of any team and nearly the fewest shots. They’re the best possession team according to shot attempts for and against. 26th in goals for despite the 2nd most shot attempts, this is an offense that can be shut down, though, and a hot goalie is something the Leafs have in Bernier. For those wondering, Marian Gaborik has played three games with the Kings and is yet to record a point playing to Kopitar’s left.

Cody Franson is expected to return to the lineup, meaning 7D is likely. Peter Holland is questionable with the flu. If Holland can’t go, one images Kulemin fills the third line center void (probably in between Raymond and Bodie, with Clarkson up to line 2).

The game starts at 10:30 p.m. EST on TSN.

bernierquick

Go Leafs Go. Go Bernier Go.

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  • Pent_House

    I think I might actually be going to Shark Club tonight

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Pent_House  Where else would you go knowing they’re an MLHS partner?

  • Pent_House

    Gilbey93  I haven’t been yet, but my buddy wants to hit it up tonight. There’s one at Yonge and Dundas

  • mlclearwater

    Anyone know if tsn live streams this game?

  • mlclearwater

    Gilbey93 no laptop. Not at my place and homeowner doesn’t have tsn:(

  • Pent_House

    Gilbey93  My buddy says Shark Club puts Real Sports to shame.

  • mlclearwater

    LA will be tough but it will show a lot of character for us tonight if we come out and avenge that schooling SJ gave us. Hoping for a big performance.
    Columbus is playing SJ tight tonight and TB is up on florida too so we need some points

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    LETS GO BOYS, LETS GET THE BIG W TONIGHT!

  • mlclearwater

    Gilbey93 thanks man will do. and nice breasts;)

  • ProfessorRance

    Break the streak boys! All Kings rule come to an end!

  • Belfour20

    Bruff where were we?

  • mcloki

    Yes one if the better avatars on here.

  • ProfessorRance

    Gilbey93  He really has. Patrick Kane lite I think.

  • Marlies Man

    Bruffins Pent_HouseGilbey93 lol Ashley’s in Grande Prairie by the looks of it.

  • Belfour20

    Gilbey93  You could always see the skill though.

  • mlclearwater

    Any one else  wanna see Dion drop the gloves a little more? Especially when our goalies are getting molested every game

  • ProfessorRance

    mlclearwater  He doesn’t need to. We have Gleason for that.

  • Belfour20

    mlclearwater  Nope, think hes retired from fighting. I havent seen him fight in a long time.

  • djamon

    mlclearwater  I’m worried about Bernier starting against his old team. He plays shitty in his home town, it worries me him going back to LA.

  • Mattmark

    mlclearwater If he’s going to keep on ending up in the penalty box anyway…

  • ProfessorRance

    Pent_House Gilbey93  If you go let me know how it is. I have always wanted to go.

  • mike_84

    mlclearwater  its more important to have him on the ice then in the box.

  • mlclearwater

    Well I think he  should. Regardless of his salary, defensive importance and that we have others that can fight. I see lots of other key players scrap occasionally and I think he is missing some snarl to his game.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafsHS/status/444280194061189120

  • Jay31

    Bruffins Belfour20  I read that Scrivens numbers have oddly enough increased since he’s come to Edmonton

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/emiiilysamantha https://twitter.com/emiiilysamantha/status/443927201587929088
    GUYS PLEASE RETWEET THIS, MY NEIGHBOURS DAUGHTER IS MISSING AND WE NEED TO FIND HER http://t.co/WXGOVlEckI

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Belfour20 mlclearwater  He was looking for a fight the last game and no one would fight him. Right before Lupul fought. 
    P9 breaks his hand on some stupid plug, kiss the Leafs goodbye in the playoffs.

  • mlclearwater

    Alec Brownscombe I hope Bernie goes  fucking nuts tonight and the boys play hard for him

  • mlclearwater

    rustynail that’s awful man

  • ProfessorRance

    rustynail  Sorry to hear that. What an awful feeling that must be for the parents. I wouldnt want to wish that on my worst enemy.

  • mlclearwater

    DeclanK Belfour20mlclearwater meh again there are lots og key players that fight. You could say the same thing about blocking a shot or going into the boards.
    I don’t want to see him fight all the time but to see your captain scrapping must fire up the team.

  • Belfour20

    Bruffins Belfour20  Quick is 21-13 with a 2.02 GAA Reimer’s Best GAA season was last year and it was 2.46 in 33 games played. 

    Quicks best season GAA was 1.74

  • mlclearwater

    Bruffins Jay31Belfour20 I got  nothing against the professor but  I think bernier brings some crazy intangibles (puck handling, deflecting shots out, smothering a puck) that neither scrivens or reamer seem proficient at

  • mlclearwater

    Bruffins mlclearwaterJay31Belfour20 so was I. My father in-law was calling it for like a year and I said “we already have a good young goalie, why add another one? Dumb move” Boy was I fucking wrong….again

  • mike_84

    What contract would you throw at Matt Niskanen?

  • mlclearwater

    mike_84 don’t really know his numbers but it seems like he’d fetch 5.5 to 6 per year imo

  • mlclearwater

    mike_84 any good ufa  is wanting big dollars now cause  they cant get the term you could before

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/Aportzline https://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/444283465132154880
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CBJ&src=hash gets the puck on an oasis. Waits. Waits. Stalock creeps forward. Wisneiwski loads up the big one, picks corner. 3-3 at 15:02 of the 3rd

  • Leafs rule

    rustynail REPLY  SORRY to hear  ,hope for the best ,I ll keep my eyes open here

  • mike_84

    mlclearwater mike_84  38pts in 65gms +32 9G 29A 105 Hits

  • Belfour20

    Bruffins Belfour20  I’m not sure where people get this scrivens has vastly improved from sure his Save percentage is better but thats because he’s playing on a weaker defensive team. 

    in 10 games with the Oilers he got a 2.31 GAA with a 938 save percentage has faced 372 shots not including tonights game

    In 19 games with the kings he had a 1.97 GAA with a 931 save percentage and faced 464 shots

    So please tell me how his numbers have so vastly improved.

  • mlclearwater

    Bruffins mlclearwaterJay31Belfour20 oh crazy, well I love  the trade and think Bernie is an absolute rock who will only get better. I don’t think we gave up much in Scr  or Fratting. But everyone is entitled to their opinion:)

  • mlclearwater

    mike_84 mlclearwater honestly think he’ll fetch close to 6 per

  • mlclearwater

    rustynail Columbus is actually starting to concern me more than the wings, rangers, lightning, etc. They have a great young, large, skilled team with a wicked goalie. Fuck off columbus

  • mike_84

    mlclearwater mike_84  i could see someone being stupid and doing 6-7m x 7 years

  • mlclearwater

    CanuckUKinToronto mlclearwaterBruffinsJay31Belfour20 a vezina candidate imo. Great, super skilled  netminder. we haven’t had a young one of thoss since the cat and he was my favorite growing up

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    mlclearwater rustynail  wow what a rocket of a shot by wesneiwksi

  • mlclearwater

    mike_84 mlclearwater probably, shits gonna get crazy

  • mike_84

    mlclearwater rustynail  There prob my 2nd fav team in the east

  • Jay31

    mlclearwater rustynail  CBJ is pretty good, every line = gritty two-way guys that can cycle and play much tighter hockey than most Eastern teams.. they remind me a lot of LA