Shark Club Game Day: Game #79, Jets at Maple Leafs

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A window of opportunity is open just a crack after last night’s last-second loss by Columbus.

Now the Leafs have to do their part. A win by the Leafs here and the Blue Jackets will start feeling the pressure.

With Bernier out for the rest of the regular season, James Reimer has his chance to quickly erase memories of the five-game losing streak that came to define a tumultuous season of tough treatment and underperformance. Hopefully, the Leafs give him a fighting chance unlike a couple of those games during his five-game losing streak. This would be a great story if Reimer can seize this opportunity in the next four games.

Joffrey Lupul will be a game time decision with a lower body injury. One imagines Randy Carlyle sticks by 11 forwards/7 defencemen with Paul Ranger on the backend after his goal and stellar defensive play on Thursday versus the Bruins.

It’s or die on HNIC for the final home game of the season.

 

No Evander Kane for the Jets (healthy’d).

  • Jordan29

    Pretty sure they said the idiot Kane will sit. Dunno yet though

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

    Clarkson going to draw against Big Buff tonight? Pretty sure Bryan Little can knock over Clarkson

  • Jordan29

    ingy56  big game from he and bolland tonight…….if bolland plays

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Jordan29 ingy56  He is playing.  And oyu are correct, big game from them both.

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

    Jordan29 ingy56  I just hope it’s a game with minimum stress. Love to see them just win a laugher…not for them, for us.

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29  no way, that will take away the intensity and likely be murdered the last 3 games. Need a hard fought win with Reimer being baby jesus on roids

  • peterbleafs

    Arent we missing more players tonight?  Bernier, Lupul and maybe Bolland?

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

    Jordan29 ingy56  LOL, Just need a deep breath….

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    peterbleafs  Nope. Bernier.  That is all.

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

    peterbleafs  I’m guessing Bolland plays, hopefully we see more of Kadri though.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Jordan going to be a like whore tonite?  (again)

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 peterbleafs  No doubt in my mind, just way over cautious playing boston and mad at him for a few mistakes. Its his time tonight as well

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

    UIh-oh…somebody is bumping up their likes given totals :) (This should be good for one)

  • Jordan29

    TheCanucksnaphook  LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE

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

    Jordan29 ingy56 peterbleafs  He talks intensity, we just need to see it on the ice. I’m not entirely disappointing in Kadri. I really hope they don’t trade him, especially for something dumb.

  • Jordan29

    Played hockey till 2am last night then woke up at 6 for work. JACKED off about 4 too many caffeine beverages

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29 peterbleafs  ROR or bust

  • Jordan29

    Literally siting here head bobbing to the beat on the keys typing

  • Jordan29

    LIKE

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

    Jordan29 ingy56 peterbleafs  I like Ryan Strome, cheaper contract, potentially the same upside.

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

    Jordan29  …and there’s no music playing…right?

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29 peterbleafs  PASS, Kadri is stiill putting up points and playing horrible hockey to his capable standards. He will be fine for his career here even if he needs to be moved to the wing. Adding another centre (Stastny is a dream but someone like him) would be awesome to have and fill out the centres and move Kadri to the wing.

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29  COD ghosts backround music actually, nothing more

  • Reversethecurse13

    No fat chicks!

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

    Jordan29 ingy56 peterbleafs  Both ROR and Stastny will command big money.

  • Jordan29

    If Bolland is 100% next year and we sign him, I would then Hope Holland is ready for the next step and we can focus on just upgrading the defence. Lots of possible forward combos like:

    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Bolland-Kadri
    Komarov-Holland-Clarkson
    Damigo-Mcclement-Ashton

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29 peterbleafs  6-6.5 for Stastny to get free is worth it. He doesnt just put up points, all avs fans constantly say hes their best 2 way centre

  • BPsotka

    Jordan29  Kadri showed under Wilson that he is basically centre or bust. I do like the options though, likely McClement on the 4th line wing when all are healthy.

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

    Jordan29 ingy56 peterbleafs  So wary of free agents now. Makes me nervous as hell.

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

    Jordan29  I met Burke a couple years ago and he talked about Kadri being on the wing down the road…said he would end up being their half wall player on the PP.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Jordan29  
    I think it was Ingy who came up with a Komarov / Bolland / Clarkson line which sounded kinda interesting.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Jordan29  Hmm…Stastny?
    If not, then i suppose you keep going with Bozak-Kadri-Bolland-Holland
    I really want them to get a big stud top 6 centre, though.

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

    BPsotka Jordan29  Hard to judge a player under Wilson. I’m not against another look with a new coach. If it works and gets Holland in for a real look I think it’s a good idea.

  • whalz

    Bolland is not a top 6 fwd. I hope Nonis signs stastny

  • Reversethecurse13

    ingy56 Jordan29  I don’t see him as a winger at all. Most of his (developed) skills are at the center position. Like his ability to take a pass near our blue line and make a move to start a breakout.

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

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Jordan29  I had Leo at center and one of Jerry D or Ashton on the wing, can’t remember who fixed it but he suggested Bolland. That works better if they sign him, if not Leo could take the middle.

  • Jordan29

    Problem people might not realize is Mcclement is almost a lock to be back IMO, he does too much for us for so cheap

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

    Reversethecurse13 ingy56 Jordan29  With a new coach, he could possibly play a style where he and the center can switch off during the play.

  • Jay31

    Blue & White Disease @BAWdisease
    Mason Raymond’s -11 in chances v. BOS was the worst for a Leaf in a win this season – http://t.co/XDjV5AjfvW

  • Jordan29

    This is with no Reimer and Franson

    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Paul Stastny ($6.250m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) 
    Peter Holland ($0.950m) / Dave Bolland ($4.500m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Jerry D’Amigo ($0.851m) / Jay McClement ($1.600m) / Jamie Devane ($0.660m) 
    Troy Bodie ($0.600m) / 
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) 
    Jake Gardiner ($2.250m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) 
    Paul Ranger ($1.500m) / Tim Gleason ($4.000m) 
    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
    Drew MacIntyre ($0.800m) 
    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
    ——
    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (estimations for 2014-15)
    SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $67,754,667; BONUSES: $850,000
    CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $3,345,333

  • Reversethecurse13

    Jordan29  yea like provide no offence, toughness, and being a part of one of worst pk’s in the league.
    He’s obviously a good penalty killer and faceoff guy, but that’s it. He’s another Kulimen.

  • Jordan29

    Reversethecurse13 Jordan29  for half the price and is a good centre. We will not replace him next year for that cheap. Holland doesnt need to be wasted on the 4th line, he might as well either be traded or marlie bound if that were the case

  • Reversethecurse13

    ingy56 Reversethecurse13 Jordan29  With a new coach, he might not look as bad defensively as we think he does.
    I sure hope they don’t try and force him to play wing.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Jordan29 Reversethecurse13  Lots of coaches play their 4th line more than 8 minutes a game. I think him being on a line with D’Amigo and Bodie could give you some good minutes every night.

  • Jordan29

    Reversethecurse13 Jordan29  well regardless to what we think, Mcclement will likely be back

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

    Reversethecurse13 ingy56 Jordan29  Some people on here like looking over the fence at the high priced help and don’t realize what we have here. They have to stick with him.

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

    Jordan29 Reversethecurse13  Maybe not if Randy is here…perish the thought.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Jordan29  
    Not bad….I’d like to get Leo in there somewhere if all possible.  Need some toughness back in our lineup.

  • Reversethecurse13

    ingy56 Reversethecurse13 Jordan29  Would you be happy if next season were starting with the same top 6 we have now, with pretty much a ? as the 6th forward atm.
    I’m cool with sticking with him. But i think i’d move him for Staal :)

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

    Reversethecurse13 ingy56 Jordan29  Ugh, that’s one of the high priced help I’m referring to. Kadri has the same numbers. Staal is overpaid vs. production. We already have Clarkson filling that role, Gleason too.