@SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #74, Blues at Maple Leafs

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Jonathan Bernier will return tonight, hopefully with a healed-enough groin to be able to deliver the level of goaltending he was providing previous to the injury. It would be massive if Bernier jumped right back in and started delivering some wins right now. Remember, though, that he tried to play through the injury against LA and did not look himself.

It’s no secret the Blues are a better team than the Leafs — possession giants with one of the league’s best defence cores, best team shooting percentage in the League, deep at all positions – but the Leafs should, technically, be hungrier and more desperate. Should.

There was an interesting quote from Claude Loiselle on the radio yesterday where he said this team is making things harder on themselves right now by trying to win multiple games in the first period of one game. The goal has to be to win a period, not the next 9 games all at once. The team has been trying to force things and has been getting burned. It cost them against the Devils and it will kill them against Ken Hitchcock’s structured group if it continues.

Let’s hope Bernier is and stays healthy, plays well, and the Leafs come out with an upset here to spur on a good finish that salvages a playoff spot.

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Lineup graphics courtesy Daily Faceoff.

 

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Atta boy Spott !!

    http://kylethereporter.com/2014/03/25/steve-spott-wont-stand-for-allowing-40-shots-a-game/

  • mikeshave

    gonna be a win tonight, not because we deserve it, just because

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

    I view tonight’s game like driving by a car wreck, I can’t avert my gaze.

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

    Shit, Sportsnet game…all Reimergate, all the time.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56  I am going mini-putting.

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

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56  Watch out for that damn swinging log.

  • mikeshave

    the sportsnet radio show earlier all came to the agreement that if bernier is the old bernier, we make the playoffs, also said anything less than six wins will cut us out…

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

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/448587465520349184
    Jonathan Bernier leads the Leafs onto ice for warmups. He’ll make his first start since Mar. 13 tonight against St. Louis.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56I hope you finally conquer the windmill!!!!!

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ingy56  Lets go boys !!!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/448587955612164096
    Paul Ranger will not return tonight from a neck injury. Colton Orr remains in the lineup.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    go leafs wooo…..oooo…..oo……

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy  damn

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050 https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/448588475949154304
    Lines vs. STL: van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel. Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin. Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson. Bodie-McClement-Orr.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Come on, Leafs. Shock us. Shock the shit out of all of us. Confound us. WIN THE HOCKEY GAME

  • Loric76

    Alec Brownscombe   Ecstatic that Bernier is back tonight.  With him they can turn this slump around and save the season.  Still, I doubt we see a win tonight.  I hope we do, but I’m not expecting it.

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

    Burtonboy  Orr…boggles the mind.

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy  3 lines all night again

  • wiski

    Best players have to be the best players tonight. Go Leafs Go

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy rustynail  Ranger was playing well too

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Please God, let his groin be ok.

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

    wiski  You just want it all don’t you?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Murph2417  Remember when we had won like 15 of 21 a week and a half ago

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Anyone see TSN’s chances of making the playoffs? (my numbers aren’t exact they were similar)

    Detroit  80pts  %64.9
    Toronto 80pts %33

  • Great Dane

    How many shots are we behind after the first period?

    And how many goals?

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/Leafs93dmart https://twitter.com/Leafs93dmart/status/448589007463936000
    Tonight is the first time this season the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash ice a healthy lineup! https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TMLtalk&src=hash

  • rustynail

    Great Dane  3 and – 2

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Great Dane  a) 20, b) 0. Why? Bernier

  • Loric76

    wiski  minus Ranger, but ya.

  • BrandonCheema

    i think the boys are gonna be playing with fear tonight amd come out with a suprising victory

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1  they have 2 games in hand and on a winning streak

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Great Dane 9 behind and down 1

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wiski Shift_Disturber1they’ve sucked plenty enough this year as well.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski  haha.  It is far from healthy.  They are in the lineup but not even close to 100%

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Lets Go boys, lets get a win!

  • wiski

    Miller finally painted his mask

  • Shift_Disturber1

    LOL “There’s no duster like the ultimate fuzzy duster”-Don’t be a duster

  • Leafs rule

    Ranger in now hmm orr out ,rc paying with Hiches head ,love it lol

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook wiski  Medically cleared to play, hows that.

  • Leafs rule

    Murph2417 Leafs rule yes if we can still trust leafs tv

  • Loric76

    Murph2417 wiski TheCanucksnaphook  Mentally?

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    So if the team loses tonight with Bernier in net, who will be the new scapegoat?

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    wiski I know what is trying to be conveyed.  Guys are just really beat up.

  • Beleafer29

    We win tonight, and go on to make the playoffs!!!!! I am bringing this chick as my date. We can both grow playoff beards!
    Go Leafs Go!!!!!

  • vinoa

    Shift_Disturber1 wiski  We’re sucking at a more critical time though. At least they can say that they’re missing their most important players right now. We just played like shit and couldn’t rely on our goalie to bail us out again.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Beleafer29  my lord…

  • gjdevlin

    Keys to winning tonight:
    Keep skating hard
    Don’t sit back on one goal
    Finish them off
    Cycle

  • wiski

    Murph2417 wiski TheCanucksnaphook  On the fucking ice together 😉

  • gjdevlin

    Murph2417 Beleafer29that’s my sister, asshole.

  • Cameron19

    gjdevlin  Think we might be just trying to survive this one.