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Founded in 2008, Maple Leafs Hotstove (MLHS) has grown to be the most visited unofficial team-focused hockey website online (Quantcast). Independently owned and operated, MLHS provides thorough and wide ranging content, varying from news, opinion and analysis, to pre-game and long-form game reviews, a weekly feature piece, the "Leafs Notebook", along with a Web TV show the "Maple Leaf Hangout".

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A back to back with the Bruins and Senators this weekend means if their two division rivals want the final wildcard spot, they’ll have to go through these Toronto Maple Leafs!

…. 4 more games to go.

Friday Links:

  • Elliotte Freidman: 30 Thoughts — April 3rd (
    Interesting thought that would play into any potential Dion Phaneuf to Detroit trade: The Red Wings have plenty of cap room, but remember Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Brendan Smith make a little less than a combined $9.5 million right now. All of their contracts are up by the summer of 2016. What will their total be in two seasons, $25 million? How does that affect any potential trade for a higher-salaried player?
  • Sean McIndoe: Predicting and breaking down the NHL’s first playoff round (Grantland)
    We’re now down to 10 days left in the NHL schedule, which means we can start looking ahead to the postseason. Sure, we’ve all secretly been doing that since mid-January,1 but now we can admit it. The playoffs are almost here. And it’s time to start figuring out which matchups to root for.
  • ThePHWA: 2015 Masterton Nominees (Professional Hockey Writer’s Association)
    Stephane Robidas is the Leafs’ nominee:  There were doubts that a 37-year-old defenseman coming off two broken legs could make the Maple Leafs, yet alone have an impact. But Robidas helped stabilize a Toronto blueline under very trying circumstances. On many occasions, coaches and teammates cited his influence in the improvements made by the younger Leaf defensemen, notably Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly.
  • Nate Silver: A radical proposal to destroy the NHL’s loser point (Five Thirty Eight)
    This is more than a minor annoyance; the loser point has already changed the identity of at least one NHL champion. In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings finished with 40 wins and 42 losses; they made the playoffs ahead of the 42-40 Dallas Stars because they accumulated 15 loser points to the Stars’ five. Then the Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup.
  • Kyle Cicerella: Kyle Dubas, Leafs taking baseball approach to minor league system (Kyle The Reporter)
    “I think the perception of the ECHL is that the player is going there for punishment or he’s really struggled. We want to use it as entry level to pro hockey for younger players to start out there.”
  • CBC News: Maple Leafs superfan Bobby Desmond gets send off to Toronto (CBC)
    Thanks to a donor, the 63-year-old Halifax man with cerebral palsy, two nurses and an occupational therapist are being flown to see the Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators on Easter Sunday.
  • Curt Snoddon: Maple Leafs Prospect Update: 2014-15 Wrap Up (MLHS)
    Outside of the AHL, Andreas Johnson had another monster season in the SHL. The 21 year old finished the season 3rd in scoring among players 24-years old and younger, and was 5th in goals scored in the entire league.

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joakim Lindstrom
David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul
Casey Bailey – Zach Sill – Richard Panik

Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly
Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: Brandon Kozun
Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia)

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup

Matt Moulson – Johan Larsson – Tyler Ennis
Marcus Foligno – Mikhail Grigorenko – Brian Gionta
Cody Hodgson – Matt Ellis – Zac Dalpe
Nicolas Deslauriers – Philip Varone – Patrick Kaleta

Andre Benoit – Zach Bogosian
Mike Weber – Tyson Strachan
Nikita Zadorov – Andrej Meszaros

Anders Lindback
Andrey Makarov

Scratched: Rasmus Ristolainen (illness)

Injured: Matt Hackett (lower body), Jerry D’Amigo (facial surgery), Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Josh Gorges (lower body), Chad Johnson (lower body), Cody McCormick (blood clots), Evander Kane (shoulder)

Status report: With Ennis back in the lineup, forward Tim Schaller was sent back to Rochester of the AHL.

Who’s hot: Meszaros has four goals the past two games. He scored three goals in his previous 52. Ristolainen has a three-game point streak and has three goals and an assist during that time… Rielly has a three-game point streak with a goal and two assists. (

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA, FL - MARCH 5: Vladislav Namestnikov #90 of the Tampa Bay Lightning deflects the puck into the net of goalie Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs after battling against Jake Gardiner #51 during the third period at the Amalie Arena on March 5, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup

Alex Killorn – Valtteri Filppula – Steven Stamkos
Ondrej Palat – Vladislav Namestnikov – Nikita Kucherov
Jonathan Drouin – Cedric Paquette – Ryan Callahan
Brenden Morrow – Brian Boyle- J.T. Brown

Mark Barberio – Matthew Carle
Nikita Nesterov – Anton Stralman
Luke Witkowski – Slater Koekkoek

Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: none

Injured: Victor Hedman (lower body), Tyler Johnson (upper body), Andrej Sustr (upper body), Jason Garrison (upper body), Braydon Coburn (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Richard Panik
David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joakim Lindstrom

Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly
Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan

James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Casey Bailey, Brandon Kozun

Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia)

Status report: Johnson, who is considered day-to-day, will miss a second straight game. … Boyle has spent a good deal of time in the past two games playing defense with the recent losses of Coburn, Garrison, Sustr and Hedman. (

Who’s hot: Namestnikov had two goals and one assist Monday and Drouin scored his third goal of the season, snapping a 42-game drought. Bishop assisted on the first two goals, giving him four assists on the season. … Bozak had a third-period hat trick against the Senators and assisted on Brewer’s goal in overtime. … Rielly has assists in back-to-back games. (

Photo: Graig Abel/Abelimages

The Marlies rebounded with an important 4-3 win yesterday against Rochester to move them within two points of 8th with two games in hand on the two teams immediately ahead of them (Hamilton and Milwaukee).

Connor Brown’s goal and three assists vaulted him into first in the rookie scoring race with 55 points in 66 games, while William Nylander added a goal and an assist (now has 19 in 27). Ryan Rupert also scored and is chugging along with a quietly solid clip of 25 points in 48 games in his rookie AHL season. Rupert and Brown share the team lead in plus-minus with +21’s.

Monday Links:

  • Toronto Marlies: Marlies Edge Out Americans 4-3 (Game Report)
    Christopher Gibson made his sixth straight start, stopping 28 shots. Over the past six starts he is 5-1-0-0 with a 0.947 save percentage.
  • Sean Fitzgerald: Don Cherry criticizes Leafs for playing U.S. college player, says they need some ‘Canadian spirit’ (National Post)
    This is not the first time Cherry has criticized the Leafs for an alleged preference of U.S. college players over those born and trained in Canada. On Saturday, he appeared to take aim at Toronto’s long-time first line, with Phil Kessel (University of Minnesota), James van Riemsdyk (University of New Hampshire) and Tyler Bozak (University of Denver) all having been trained at a U.S. college.
  • CBS Sports: Ex-NHLer Viciously Attacks Opponent Before Swedish League Game (Video)
    The scene prior to a recent professional hockey game in Sweden was shocking, to say the least. Former Maple Leafs and Rangers enforcer Andre Deveaux went off the deep end prior to a playoff game when he attacked an opponent just before puck drop. Seemingly out of nowhere, Deveaux sprinted from the boards to center ice where he unleashed a vicious slash before jumping on his opponent.
  • Jonas Siegel: Time will tell if Kadri heeds Leafs’ warning (
    It likely won’t become clear for months, years more likely, whether the Maple Leafs talented but apparently frustrating young piece will heed the urgent words of Brendan Shanahan and “grow up.” More than two and a half weeks after that loud and dire warning from the team’s president and Kadri appears to be the same upbeat, sometimes goofy personality for whom confidence has never been short.

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Kyle Dubas with a look at how educating and learning about different ways to analyze the game using quantitative measures have changed the way you can look at the game of ice hockey. Notably, how learning and advancing knowledge of hockey analytics can aid in eliminating the impact of cognitive biases on personnel decisions of all sorts. And finally, a look at what we are truly trying to accomplish by incorporating analytics into our organizations at this time.

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 21: Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his first period goal against James Reimer #34, Eric Brewer #2, Morgan Rielly #44 and Joakim Lindstrom #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on March 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

An unfortunate loss to Hamilton for the Marlies this afternoon sets their playoff chase back, but there’s still 11 games left to be played.

Currently underway, Jack Eichel and Matt O’Connor’s Boston University team are taking on Leafs prospects Dominic Toninato and Tony Cameranesi of Minnesota Duluth on TSN2 (5:30 p.m. EST start) in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.

Oh, the Leafs play, too. This is a chance to play spoiler on the Senators, but the third overall pick is maybe within reach. Conflicted rooting interests.

Nazem Kadri will return for the Leafs while James Reimer will start.

Lines are unofficial.

Ottawa Senators Projected Lines

Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Bobby Ryan
Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar
Alex Chiasson – David Legwand – Zack Smith

Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson
Chris Driedger

Scratched: Jared Cowen, Colin Greening
Injured: Robin Lehner (concussion), Chris Phillips (back), Chris Neil (thumb), Milan Michalek (upper body), Matt Puempel (ankle), Andrew Hammond (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – David Booth
Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – Richard Panik
Brandon Kozun / Joakim Lindstrom – Sam Carrick – Casey Bailey

Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Morgan Rielly – Jake Gardiner
Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan

James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Brandon Kozun/Joakim Lindstrom, Zach Sill
Injured: Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia).

Status report: The Maple Leafs sent center Greg McKegg and defenseman Andrew MacWilliam to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on Friday and recalled Brennan. … Sill may return to the lineup and if he does Carrick will likely be scratched. … Kadri returns to the Maple Leafs lineup after missing four games with a suspension. (

Who’s hot: Lazar has two goals in the past three games. … Gardiner has two goals in the past four games. (

The Oilers winning two in a row has them gaining ground fast on a Leafs team that’s barely gained a point in three months.

Once thought an impossible feat (getting within shouting distance of the Oilers and Coyotes), Edmonton is now just three points back with seven games remaining. Catching 2nd-last Arizona, who trail by 6 points, is pretty unlikely unless the Leafs lose out and Arizona finishes “strong” (.500ish).

But hey, never count this Leafs team out!




The Marlies play this afternoon at 3 p.m. in a game with serious playoff implications, as their opponent in Hamilton currently holds the 8th-seed and is one point ahead of Toronto.

Saturday Links:

  • CBS Sports: Phil Kessel and David Booth fight at practice (Video)
    This definitely means something more than a simple case of tempers flaring with two guys battling in practice… we’ll wait for Feschuk’s story on the specifics.
  • Jonas Siegel: Leafs tryouts look to make impression (
    The Leafs want Carrick to play with the edginess he showed in the fall, not to respect his opponents too much. He’s gotten that message firsthand from Steve Spott, who coached Carrick with the Marlies last season and now operates as one of the club’s three assistants.
  • Chris Stevenson: Senators unsure which goalie to play on Saturday (
    Not sure it matters, Dave!
  • Lance Hornby: Leafs Minnesota prospects making strides (Toronto Sun)
    Dominic Toninato had an assist, Tony Cameranesi had a goal and an assist in yesterday’s Minn-Duluth win over Minnesota yesterday.

Florida Panthers Projected Lines

Jonathan Huberdeau – Aleksander Barkov – Jaromir Jagr
Brandon Pirri – Vincent Trocheck – Brad Boyes
Jussi Jokinen – Dave Bolland – Jimmy Hayes
Shawn Thornton – Derek MacKenzie – Scottie Upshall

Brian Campbell – Aaron Ekblad
Willie Mitchell – Erik Gudbranson
Dmitry Kulikov – Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo
Dan Ellis

Scratched: Tomas Kopecky, Steven Kampfer, Sam Brittain
Injured: Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Al Montoya (groin)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul – Greg McKegg – David Booth
Richard Panik – Leo Komarov – Brandon Kozun
Joakim Lindstrom – Sam Carrick – Casey Bailey

Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly
Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Tim Erixon – Andrew MacWilliam

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: None
Suspended: Nazem Kadri

Injured: Zach Sill (upper body), Trevor Smith (lower body), Peter Holland (lower body), Nathan Horton (back), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia)

Status report: Thornton is expected to draw back into the lineup for the Panthers. If he plays, Tomas Kopecky could sit. … The Maple Leafs recalled McKegg from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. … Reimer hurt his hand at the morning skate, but is expected to dress.

Who’s hot: Barkov has points in four straight games. … Huberdeau has points in three of his past four games. … Bernier made 30 saves in a 2-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

There’s at least one playoff chase alive and well in Toronto: Byron Froese, who the Marlies just signed to an AHL contract extension for next season, scored twice to lead the Marlies to a 3-2 win over OKC yesterday afternoon  (Froese now sits fourth on the team in goal scoring with 14, despite playing just 34 games). With 12 games to go, the Marlies are now just one point back of the eighth seed and play the eighth place Hamilton Bulldogs this Saturday.

Also worth noting – now riding a four game win streak, Christopher Gibson’s save percentage has risen to an impressive .924 in 37 games this year.

In lineup news for tonight:

Thursday Links:

  • Anthony Petrielli: Leafs Notebook – March 25 (MLHS)
    While they may in fact end up firing Dave Nonis, it is hard to imagine a reputable GM chomping at the bit to take over this team. Where there may be leverage to be used here, however, is in bringing in a top end coach. It is no secret that Mike Babcock, for example, covets more power in decision making when it comes to player personnel. In Toronto, he could get that opportunity. That bargaining chip can be used for any coach with some reputability, presumably.
  • Steve Buffrey: Broadcaster Jeff O’Neill tells it like it is on the Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Sun)
    “I talk a lot about having regrets. I don’t know if Phil Kessel will ever lie in bed when he’s 45 years old and say, ‘Man, I wish I just tried harder.’ I don’t know if he’ll ever think that, but it’s an awful thing to do when you’re done playing … to have f—ing regrets. I could have been better, I could have been a lot better.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts – March 25 (Sportsnet)
    Of all the players rumoured to be dealt in Toronto, the one with the biggest financial incentive to ask out is Jonathan Bernier. The goalie compared the Maple Leafs to a junior team in last week’s loss to the Sharks. His time to cash in is now or next summer, in what should be the biggest payday of his career. You can see why management would hesitate at this time. Bernier didn’t have a good year. He has to accept half the responsibility, but it was a mess in front of him. How much better will it be in 2015-16?

    Friedman on Casey Bailey:
    Sabres fans were stunned that Casey Bailey, a product of the Terry Pegula-funded Penn State hockey program, chose Toronto over Buffalo. The honest truth seems to be Buffalo GM Tim Murray wasn’t sold, especially when it came to performance bonuses and playing NHL games right away. The Maple Leafs showed more interest, and put in a harder pitch. There is great debate about Bailey’s skating but he can fire the puck. However, he will need to play with a pass-first centre to make it work.

    Friedman on Nikita Shoshnikov:
    A scout who works a lot of KHL games was surprised Atlant let Nikita Soshnikov go to Toronto. “Shows the money problems they are having,” he texted, in reference to the team allowing a 21-year-old to walk. He understands the Maple Leafs taking the chance, saying Soshnikov is very skilled. As with everyone who comes from Europe, the key will be meshing the two styles. Soshnikov loves to carry the puck and try to go through multiple defenders. That’s a tough chore here.
  • James Mirtle: Is the NHL trying to play down its draft lottery? (Globe&Mail)
    In the past, the lottery has been held in prime time on one of the two or three game-less nights between when the NHL’s regular season ends and the playoffs begin. TSN, which had the rights, typically dedicated a half-hour show to the results and added other draft-related programming before and/or after. But this year, with McDavid at the top of draft lists and anticipation for the draw as high as it’s been in a decade, the lottery is scheduled for a Saturday night in the midst of first-round playoff games.The date’s set for Saturday, April 18, per Damien Cox.


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ST. PAUL, MN - JANUARY 2: (L-R) Korbinian Holzer #55, Jonathan Bernier #45, and Roman Polak #46 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defend their goal against Thomas Vanek #26 of the Minnesota Wild during the game on January 2, 2015 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Minnesota Wild Projected Lines

Zach Parise – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Nino Niederreiter – Mikko Koivu – Chris Stewart
Thomas Vanek – Charlie Coyle – Justin Fontaine
Sean Bergenheim – Erik Haula – Kyle Brodziak

Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella – Jared Spurgeon
Jordan Leopold – Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk
Niklas Backstrom

Scratched: Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper, Christian Folin, Ryan Carter
Injured: Nate Prosser (lower body), Matt Cooke (sports hernia), Jason Zucker (clavicle), Keith Ballard (concussion/facial fractures)

Maple Leafs Projected Lines

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul – Trevor Smith – David Booth
Zach Sill – Leo Komarov – Richard Panik
Joakim Lindstrom – Sam Carrick – Brandon Kozun

Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly
Andrew MacWilliam – Tim Erixon

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: None
Suspended: Nazem Kadri
Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (abdominal surgery), Peter Holland (lower body)

Status report: Carter was cleared to play but won’t be in the lineup Monday. He last played Feb. 9 because of an upper-body injury. Yeo said there’s a chance he plays Tuesday at the New York Islanders. … Bernier will start his fifth straight game. He’s 0-4-0 in his previous four starts. (

Who’s hot: Parise has three goals and 10 points in his past nine games. … Sill had an assist Saturday against Ottawa, his first point with the Maple Leafs. (

Mark Hunter
Mark Hunter

Toronto Maple Leafs Director of player personnel Mark Hunter joined Leafs Lunch to discuss the recent signings of Casey Bailey and Nikita Soshnikov, the depth of talent in the organization, and the upcoming draft.

Nikita Soshnikov:
We got a lead from Evgeny Namestnikov, who we hired as a scout for us over in Russia. He said come over to watch this young man who he liked a lot, who he coached. He’s a kid that plays a hard-nosed, two way game, he’s got some good skills, but lots of effort. It’s a big part of game, effort.

Casey Bailey:
He’s going to get an opportunity right away here to play some games. It will be good to see how he does. He’s a big guy, 6’3, real quick shot. He can really shoot a one timer. I think he averaged between 5 and 6 shots a game at Penn State. He’s got to make sure he keeps his pace up, so I think he knows he needs to work on that. He’s a young man who it will be interesting to see how he adapts. I like him because of his size and he’s got a really good stick. We’ll see how he adapts to the NHL.

Assessing the young talent in the org:
We’ve got some good young talent, I just think we just need to get more. We got to get more depth. We’ve got a young guy like Nylander, who is learning how to play a North American style of hockey. I mean, it’s a smaller rink and it’s a good place to learn without the media pressure of Toronto. I think it’s a matter of time for him to get his game going and be ready to play at the next level at some time. With him, and the Gauthier boy with Rimouski who is playing really well and the team is in first place, we’ve got some prospects but we have to get more and we have to make it more competitive in the organization for spots on the Leafs and spots on the Marlies.

Depth of 2015 draft:
I like the draft, I think the draft has some real good players. We see a kid like Strome get 6 points yesterday in one game in a big game to win the scoring championship away from Mitch Marner. I have to say I was rooting for Mitch, I mean I was at the game and it was very impressive what he did yesterday He did it every different way. You see players like him playing, it’s going to be a good draft. There’s going to be some good depth and in the first round I think everyone’s going to get a good player.

Any bias towards Marner:
We do what’s best for the organization. That’s the first thing. Whoever the best player is we will take. There’s other players, too – Lawson Crouse, Noah Hanifin, Pavel Zacha, Mathew Barzal .. Barzal’s been injured all year and he hasn’t got the accolades he should. I saw him last week and he’s very impressive also.

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The Maple Leafs have taken a flyer on undrafted 21-year-old Russian winger Nikita Soshnikov.

Nikita Shoshnikov played his major junior hockey in the Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL). In his final season in the MHL, he finished second in the League in goals with 38 in 59 games and sixth in points with 72.

Shoshnikov entered the KHL for Atlant as a 20-year-old in 2013-14 and finished third in scoring among rookies.

His 34 points this past season were good enough for fourth in scoring among KHL players 24 and under. Shoshnikov’s season ended in February after his Atlant team just missed the playoffs with a ninth place finish in the KHL’s Western Conference. Shoshnikov finished tied for second in goals on the team with 14 in 57 games.

The 5’11, 184-pound Soshnikov would be eligible to join the Marlies next season (but not for their playoff push this Spring).

Nikita Soshnikov Statistics

SeasonTeam GPGATPPIM(+/-) PlayoffsGPGATPPIM
11/1/2010Atlanty MytishchiMHL48171027148|Playoffs60116
12/1/2011Atlanty MytishchiMHL47142034127|Playoffs1114525
2012-13Atlanty MytishchiMHL593834724744|Playoffs85494
2013-14Atlant MytishchiKHL3323527-4|
Buran VoronezhVHL422401|
Atlanty MytishchiMHL105813410|Playoffs22020
2014-15Atlant MytishchiKHL57141832225|
Russia (all)International200000|
Tournament Statistics
2013-14Atlant MytishchiNadezhda Cup31012-1|
Regular SeasonPostseason
Nadezhda Cup:31010.332-1|
Nikita Soshnikov Statistics

James Reimer
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 15: Melker Karlsson #68 of the San Jose Sharks creates traffic in front of the net against James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game on January 15, 2015 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)


San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup

Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Patrick Marleau
John Scott – Ben Smith – Barclay Goodrow

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Brent Burns
Scott Hannan – Brenden Dillon

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Daniil Tarasov
Injured: Mike Brown (leg), Raffi Torres (knee)

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup

Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Trevor Smith – David Booth
Brandon Kozun – Leo Komarov – Joffrey Lupul
Joakim Lindstrom – Sam Carrick – Zach Sill

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf
Tim Erixon – Andrew MacWilliam

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: None.
Suspended: Nazem Kadri

Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion), Peter Holland (upper body)

Status report: The Maple Leafs plan on using Komarov at center to start the game; Komarov typically plays left wing. If Komarov struggles in the middle Horachek indicated he would switch Sill from right wing to center and move Komarov into Sill’s spot on the fourth line. … There is a chance San Jose will sit Hannan and insert Mueller into the lineup.

Who’s hot: Phaneuf has assists in two of his past three games. … Kessel has points in back-to-back games. … Pavelski snapped a five-game goal drought against Winnipeg with two. … Thornton has three points in his past two games.

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His second suspension in his 243-game career sees Nazem Kadri sidelined for the next four games and out $141,463 in salary.

The infraction is similar to his first last November against Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom, where he clips the head of a vulnerable player; not with a high hit or an extension of his elbow, but both were deemed a reckless collision due to the path he’s taken to the puck and his failure to attempt to avoid contact with the head.

Explanation provided by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Photo: NHLI via Getty Images

Thrilling blockbuster between two heavyweights tonight in Edmonton.

Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – David Booth
Joakim Lindstrom – Zach Sill – Brandon Kozun

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf
TJ Brennan – Andrew MacWilliam

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: Tim Erixon
Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion), Peter Holland

Edmonton Oilers Projected Lines

Benoit Pouliot – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell – Derek Roy – Nail Yakupov
Ryan Hamilton – Anton Lander – Matt Fraser
Matt Hendricks – Boyd Gordon – Rob Klinkhammer

Oscar Klefbom – Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin – Mark Fayne
Keith Aulie – Andrew Ference

Ben Scrivens
Richard Bachman

Scratched: Luke Gazdic
Injured: Tyler Pitlick (lacerated spleen), Taylor Hall (leg), Nikita Nikitin (shoulder), Viktor Fasth (knee), Iiro Pakarinen (knee)

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Photo: NHLI via Getty Images

Maple Leafs Projected Lines

Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik
Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – David Booth
Zach Sill – Trevor Smith – Joakim Lindstrom/Brandon Kozun

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
Dion Phaneuf – Jake Gardiner
TJ Brennan – Andrew MacWilliam
Tim Erixon

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

Scratched: TBA
Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (hernia), Nathan Horton (concussion)

Vancouver Canucks Projected Lines

Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Zack Kassian
Shawn Matthias – Nick Bonino – Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins – Brad Richardson – Alexandre Burrows
Derek Dorsett – Bo Horvat – Jannik Hansen

Alexander Edler – Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamuis – Kevin Bieksa
Luca Sbisa – Yannick Weber

Eddie Lack
Joacim Eriksson

Scratched: Brandon McMillan, Linden Vey, Adam Clendening, Ronalds Kenins, Ryan Stanton, Frank Corrado
Injured: Ryan Miller (knee)