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    Phil Kessel just completely destroyed the Ottawa Senators with a hat trick and an assist in less than 33 minutes. He’s  hit 30 goals for the sixth consecutive season (if we extend his pace over a full season last year). He’s now tied with Evgeni Malkin for first in points since the 2011-12 season. No NHL player has more points in the past three seasons than Phil Kessel.


    The Maple Leafs have reportedly recalled 2010 third round pick Greg McKegg from the Toronto Marlies. This appears to be an insurance policy for tomorrow’s game vs. the Senators in case Peter Holland can’t go, as he was nursing a minor injury from yesterday’s win over Florida.

    James van Riemsdyk and Carter Ashton are also banged up at the moment.

    Greg McKegg has been centering the Marlies’ top line for most of the season and has quietly compiled an impressive 26 points in 35 games, recently stringing together a seven-game point streak in the month of January. He could make his NHL debut if Holland can’t play, but the call up at the very least rewards McKegg with his first NHL payday.



    TML Lineup
    Van Riemsdyk – Bozak – Kessel
    Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin
    Raymond – Holland – Bodie
    Ashton – McClement – Orr

    Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
    Gleason – Franson
    Gardiner – Rielly


    Panthers Lineup
    Fleischmann – Bjustad – Upshall
    Bergenheim – Gomez – Boyes
    Huberdeau – Goc – Winchester
    Kopecky – Shore – Barch

    Campbell – Gilbert
    Olsen – Jovanovski
    Kulikov – Weaver


    Dave Poulin

    Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Ops Dave Poulin joined Bryan Hayes on TSN1050 a few minutes ago. On the Dave Bolland front, Poulin suggested Bolland playing a game before the Olympic Break isn’t out of the question, but it’s simply a matter of “he’ll play when he’s medically cleared,” whenever that is.

    Below are some of the other topics discussed:


    The Maple Leafs have four games against the Panthers and Lightning coming up in the next two weeks, along with games against Canadian rivals Ottawa and Vancouver, in a six game in 12 days stretch. From there GM Dave Nonis will have three weeks to consider the state of the team during the Olympic break, after which the team will play just three games before the March 5 trade deadline. Interesting decisions lie ahead.


    What happens in a meeting between two teams whose working formula is to win while outshot? We’ll find out tonight in Colorado.