Dave Bolland finally nearing return, could play versus Montreal

Dave Bolland finally nearing return, could play versus Montreal

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Dave Bolland has been medically cleared to play since late February. It might now be a case where Bolland has decided the comfort level he would prefer to play at is simply not going to arrive any time soon or be further helped along by sitting out more games. James Mirtle also reported today that he has been looking better this week in practice.

More practice updates on Bolland from David Alter:

Might we see JvR – Bozak – Kessel, Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin and Raymond – Bolland – Clarkson for the first time this season?

The Leafs have not been able to roll those lines at any point this season. Clarkson was suspended for the first 10 games, Kulemin missed the month of October after leaving injured in the second game of the season versus Philadelphia, Bozak went down for nearly a month in late October, and Bolland almost had the rest of his season wiped out in early November.

If he plays, obviously Randy Carlyle would be wise to take the approach of easing him into the lineup. Not only that, but expecting a significant contribution out of Bolland in the remaining 10 or 11 games is probably unrealistic. Jumping back into the lineup at a crucial time of the season when the League is shifting into stretch drive and playoff mode, not only will he be dealing with some lingering discomfort, but he’ll be spending several games getting up to speed and rediscovering his timing with and against players who are now elevating to playoff-like intensity.

The Leafs could sure use any added depth contributions at this point, though, if Bolland is able to help provide them. Mason Raymond has six points in his last 10 games, two of which came shorthanded and some of which was garnered by moving up the lineup, but among the others to feature on the Leafs‘ third line of late?

Player
Pts in last 10 GPI
Holland0
Kulemin2
Clarkson0
McClement 1

Jonathan Bernier is also expected to be a game time decision tomorrow.

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DARF24
DARF24

man CBJ is going to be a tough playoff team.. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Bolland taking faceoffs . Kadri owned him lol

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Glad I dont care about the game tonite.  You know we are losing.

ingy56
ingy56

Bernier takes the home end...no Reimer.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

With it being Leafs Habs, any chance we get lucky and it is a Bob Cole night?.. please

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

We won't get many calls in our favour against MTL anyway, but hopefully we see some changes with the PP and reward Rielly and Gardiner by giving them a larger role

ingy56
ingy56

Bob McGill looks like a deer in the headlights. 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Good Game Day Morning Fellas......big weekend of hockey.......GO LEAFS GO!!!

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

Good morning Folks, smells like victory today !

PEIleafnation
PEIleafnation

@Burtonboy the tml talk- gord stellick  bob McGill..almost making bolland as a savior right away..

Cameron19
Cameron19

@TheCanucksnaphook  Would not surprise me. I think we do better against the Habs in Montreal, and we haven't really seen any of the tell-tale signs of coming out of a slump. 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@ingy56  I'm not sure that's a bad thing, against Montreal.....Habs seem to have Bernier's number

ingy56
ingy56

@The_Polish_Cannon  I'm sure the refs are staying at the Scabs hotel and getting the game plan in their morning meeting. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@wendelsway1 Morning WW, whats the Saturday Game Day Meal ? Nuckles got me on BBQ BUrgers

ingy56
ingy56

@Mind Bomb  Morning MB...looks like a snow day here. May have to stay inside for some activities. 

darthNihilus
darthNihilus

@Cameron19 @darthNihilus  i wont panic but be severely disappointed. i had tempered my expectations prior to the season and was not expecting them to make it.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@ingy56 @Mind Bomb Freezzing Rain, snow, rain sleet mix here, I think, I looked out once, then got a coffee, no intention of looking out side again today lol

ingy56
ingy56

@CanuckUKinToronto @ingy56 @Mind Bomb  Yeah, just drive a half hour north and it starts to really change. I generally go up to a friends cottage a few times every winter but haven't done it this year yet. He says ice out will be very late this year and tons of snow, tons. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@ingy56 @Mind Bomb My parents live in Bobcaygeon and my dad said he got 20 cm of snow last night.  How much did you get in Peterborough?  I got about 5 cm here last night

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@ingy56 @CanuckUKinToronto@Mind Bomb Since I slipped twice this week walking from front door to side of house to go through gate to take dog (grass is covered in flat sheet ice), I decided to just shovel the deck and have the dog go out the back door.. so now have ability to may as well bbq