Morning Mashup: Leafs + Habs + HNIC

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Does it get any better? The Hockey Mecca and the also-ran do battle on Hockey Night in Canada. Toronto could have a full line up for the first time this year if Bernier and Bolland dress.

As far as big games go, this is a biggy. If you can’t get up for the Montreal Canadiens, in your barn, on a Saturday Night on Hockey Night In Canada, I think you need to find a different team to play for.

The playoff implications also make this an extremely important game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs looked like they were going to be a nice little dog fight for 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay, but that has all changed with the Maple Leafs looking to stave off being eliminated from the playoffs rather than pushing for home ice advantage. Their lacklustre play—specifically starts to games—is alarming and disconcerting.

Hopefully, they can turn it around tonight vs Montreal.

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  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    Please take those standings down, very depressing..HAHA

  • Rick_Vaives_slapshot

    Any Ukrainian folks here? Things are getting real over there apparently.

  • PEIleafnation

    Gilbey93 very badly

  • wendelsway1

    Nice to hear them tooting Gardiner’s horn…..really like his game of late.

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1  Shhhhhhhhhhh big secret

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

    Just love that picture at the top, Bourque checking out the underside of the Bell Center clock.

  • Mind Bomb

    Rick_Vaives_slapshot Funny though, better than most gave us credit for at the start 

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-2013-14-team-previews-predictions-atlantic-division-leafs-canadiens-sabres-red-wings/

  • FRyan

    http://twitter.com/mirtleKeep in mind that the Leafs need some cap room if Bolland comes off LTIR. Would mean a couple bodies going down.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Hey guys and girls, just heading out from London in 45 minutes or so to go watch the Leafs blow the scabs up tonight.  The only way I can post pictures from my phone is through twitter.  I have about as many followers as Steve Simmons – zero – so if anyone is going to be on here tonight, would you mind following me for a day or two at Knights2Leafs@MLHS_K2L.  
    If I’m lucky I might get some post game restricted access shots.

  • FRyan

    http://twitter.com/reporterchrisJames Reimer looks like the #leafs starter tonight vs. #habs. He’s not taking part in the optional skate

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

    Knights2Leafs  Got 2 followers now!

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

    Carlo is now out of the lineup tonight, severe sandpaper burn (2-3 days):https://twitter.com/StLouisBlues https://twitter.com/StLouisBlues/status/447388296725794817
    Carlo Colaiacovo is in the lineup today. Here he is preparing his sticks for the game. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&src=hash http://t.co/uFoZbnKNV2

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Knights2Leafs  
    Cool feature with Livefyre: if you follow @leafsnews and reply to the tweet with the GDT link in it, it will post your twitter replies into the comments. If you have photos, just reply to that tweet and it will post here.

  • Mind Bomb

    Knights2Leafs Nice bro, I hope you have a great time

  • Knights2Leafs

    Mind Bomb
    Thanks – free game tonight and I even had Tie Domi buy me a beer last night. Lifestyles of the wannabe rich and famous!

  • Mind Bomb

    DeclanK Knights2Leafs Sure your name isnt Tec lan K :)

  • Mind Bomb

    Knights2Leafs Mind Bomb Take your wins in life when you can get them !

  • Knights2Leafs

    DeclanK Knights2Leafs  THANKS!!

  • dutchman27

    Bernie still out?

  • FRyan

    dutchman27  
    you habs 5 – leafs 2

  • Cameron19

    FRyan dutchman27  Man, if only Reimer were an NHL goalie.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 FRyandutchman27 I Though Reims has a Good record against MTL, like 2 shut outs, Not worried about Reimer here, I am worried about stupid turnovers, MTL will kill us regardless of Reimer or Bernier, if our players continue the gifting

  • MLHS_Luke

    Cameron19 The hate is just unreal.

  • dutchman27

    Predict reims has big bounceback game tonight.
    5-0 leafs.

  • Kessel81

    I am so pumped for this game tonight. Hockey Night In Canada on my birthday and got tickets for birthday/Christmas. Going to be rocking the Lupul jersey (last time they beat the Habs).  

    Kessel and Lupul will have huge games. I worry a little bit about Bernie. He played okay last couple of Habs games, I would go back to Reims to give him some more confidence and get him back to his playoff form.

    GLG 5 -1 Good Guys!

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 FRyan dutchman27  Reimer didn’t play well against Tampa, but didn’t think it was his fault against Detroit or Washington – or that Bernier could have saved us in those games.

  • FRyan

    Cameron19 Mind Bomb FRyan dutchman27  
    The team is totally different in front of Riems then in front of Bernier. The team has more confidence in Bernier.

  • Cameron19

    FRyan Cameron19 Mind Bomb dutchman27  Sure they do.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Wow – thanks guys – I know have 7 more followers than Simmons.

  • wendelsway1

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 FRyan dutchman27  Yep…team game…Reims will give them a chance….up to the Boys to play hard for 60 minutes and pull out a win.

  • Burtonboy

    Knights2Leafs  Hey make sure you follow back lol

  • Cameron19

    ingy56  He must have some real obvious talent that appeals to coaches and managers to keep getting hired despite his constant injuries.

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

    Cameron19 ingy56  Was just thinking along the same lines, in spite of all his injuries he’s had a pretty decent career in terms of longevity…that sounds strange, but I think you catch my drift.

  • Cameron19

    ingy56 Cameron19  Yes, most guys like him just get written off and fade away, but he keeps on ticking. Probably is a character person, too. Hopefully Finn is much the same without the constant injuries.

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

    FRyan Cameron19 Mind Bomb dutchman27  They need to get confidence in their own game and not fall back on a goaltender bailing them out every game. Time for the team to show up in entirety.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind BombFRyandutchman27 Exactly, this is on the Players/Coach not our goalies

  • Mind Bomb

    Exctly WW

  • Leafs rule

    Thanks for the  intro ,brings back memories Sigh  Go leafs go time for some new ones

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 FRyan dutchman27  Plus, they had no problem with Reimer last year, so I’m pretty much done with the goalie excuses.

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

    Leafs rule  That one is very well done.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind BombFRyandutchman27 
    100 percent

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/447392167364141056
    James Reimer is 1-0-0 with a .919 sv % against Montreal this season. Bernier is 1-1-1 with a .892%.

  • FRyan

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 FRyan dutchman27  
    If the team fails to make the playoffs i think you will see Carlyle gone. Tim Lewicke won’t allow it

  • Great Dane

    going to dinner with friends this evening – Another guest a very good friend will be there as well. Born in Montreal and a big Habs fan of course. Will wear my Leafs jersey just to annoy him.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto  Why ?

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/447393715343335425
    Against Montreal in his career Reimer is 6-3-0 (2 shutouts) with a .919 save pct.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto Bob was mean to him, 

    Dude, seriously do this now going into the Playoffs Nuckles, wait till the Summer bro :)))

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Hangout with Mtl guy (Conor McKenna of TSN Radio) coming up at noon.  Be sure to tune in.

  • Burtonboy

    Bolland is probable according to Carlyle

  • Leafs rule

    Burtonboy There that proves it ,reims give us a chance to win ,fuc all the haters they know not what they say imho  ” Go Leafs Go “