Monday, April 20, 2015
Game Day

Game Day

Maple Leafs Hot Stove provides the most comprehensive game day coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Starting lineups, stats and comments get you ready for that night's game.

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  Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik Leo Komarov – Olli Jokinen – David Booth Zach Sill – Peter Holland – Brandon Kozun Dion Phaneuf – Korbinian Holzer Morgan Rielly – Roman Polak Jake Gardiner – Stephane Robidas Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: None Injured: Trevor Smith (lower body) Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher Lars Eller – Tomas Plekanec – Alex Galchenyuk Brandon Prust – Jacob De La Rose – Devante Smith-Pelly Michael Bournival – Manny Malhotra – Dale Weise Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban Nathan Beaulieu – Tom Gilbert Sergei Gonchar – Greg Pateryn Carey Price Dustin...

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Best day ever? Best day ever. The David Clarkson era ends, the Zach Sill era begins. Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Nazem Kadri - Richard Panik Leo Komarov - Olli Jokinen - David Clarkson Zach Sill - Peter Holland - David Booth Dion Phaneuf - Korbinian Holzer Morgan Rielly - Roman Polak Jake Gardiner - Stephane Robidas Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Brandon Kozun, Petter Granberg Injured: Trevor Smith (lower body)

Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri

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The Maple Leafs hit game #60 of the season tonight - roughly the three-quarters pole - which has Toronto fans going, "there's still 22 more of these?" Storylines: The Jets are one of a collection of teams rumoured to be interested in adding Daniel Winnik at the deadline, for whatever that's worth. The Leafs mustered zero shots on four powerplay opportunities last night and just six scoring chances over the final 40 minutes, as their ineptitude during this protracted slump keeps finding new ways to express itself. Similar to last night's opponent in the Hurricanes, the Leafs have been dominated in this matchup in recent times, losing their last five consecutive to...

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In their last visit to Raleigh, a week before Christmas, the Maple Leafs were riding a six-game winning streak, sitting 19-9-3, two points out of the Atlantic Division lead with two games in hand on Tampa Bay. Before that last visit with the Hurricanes, we wrote: There’s also a parallel to last season here that can serve as a cautionary tale: The Leafs beat the Kings and Ducks amid their hottest streak of 2013-14, and proceeded to lose to a struggling Capitals team, the start of their epic collapse. Win streaks can’t last forever and a loss on a weekday visit to Carolina...

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Olli Jokinen makes his Leaf debut tonight hoping it's his first and fifth-last game in Toronto. The Leafs and Jokinen both will be pulling for the same thing, which is that he returns to his natural center ice position and convinces some GM tout there that he could be of some use to a team in the playoff mix down the stretch as a veteran depth player. From there, the Leafs might be able to grab a late conditional pick that's dependent on playoff results. It would be nice  to get him out of the way of Holland and Carrick and...

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

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Games like this, on a day dedicated to celebrating hockey in Canada to boot, transcend the standings and draft pick positioning. It's about representing the crest on the jersey in the game's oldest rivalry. Let's hope the boys show up. It's as simple as that. Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Daniel Winnik – Nazem Kadri – Richard Panik Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – Mike Santorelli David Booth – Trevor Smith – David Clarkson Morgan Rielly – Cody Franson Jake Gardiner – Roman Polak Korbinian Holzer – Stephane Robidas Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Petter Granberg Injured: Joffrey Lupul (lower body), Dion Phaneuf (upper...

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Not much left to say at this point. We've got quotes like this surfacing: https://twitter.com/MapleLeafsHS/status/565938335500500993 Which, while anonymous, do match those of late last season. The Leafs clearly sense the end is near, who doesn't, and so far knowing the season is over and the team is soon to be dismantled hasn't seen them loosen up and play better hockey; it's seen some of their best players check out entirely. Not a bad thing for the ubiquitous pro-tank faction of the fanbase, but it's been the toughest stretch of Leafs hockey to watch, arguably ever and certainly for those born after the 80s. Phil Kessel spent good chunks...

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New York Rangers Projected Lineup Mats Zuccarello – Derick Brassard – Rick Nash Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Martin St. Louis Carl Hagelin – Dominic Moore – Lee Stempniak Tanner Glass – Kevin Hayes – J.T. Miller Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi Marc Staal – Kevin Klein John Moore – Dan Boyle Cam Talbot Mackenzie Skapski Scratched: Matt Hunwick Injured: Henrik Lundqvist (neck), Jesper Fast (knee) Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel Leo Komarov – Peter Holland – Joffrey Lupul Daniel Winnik – Nazem Kadri – Mike Santorelli David Booth – Trevor Smith – Richard Panik Morgan Rielly – Roman Polak Korbinian Holzer – Stephane Robidas Jake Gardiner –...

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It looks like James Reimer will play his second game in as many nights as Jonathan Bernier appears to be unavailable due to injury or illness. In other injury news, Cody Franson is banged up and is considered a gametime decision, with Petter Granberg at the ready if he can't go. Hopefully this setback is nothing serious because the timing could not be worse with the deadline approaching. There is an alarming lack of professional pride kicking in with this Leafs team at the moment; Reimer said they needed to man up after the loss in New Jersey last night and Peter Horachek called...

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Peter Horachek is going with James Reimer in net as the Maple Leafs look to avoid sole ownership of the longest losing streak in the Leafs' near-100 year history. What's really dejecting is that it's debatable where this latest tirefire stands on the spectrum of Leafs lowlights in the just the past four seasons. The Game 7 collapse was also record-setting, for largest lead forfeited in the third period of a game 7, but starting the year 19-9-3 through 31 games before setting a franchise record for consecutive losses might be the worst of the worse; even more accentuated and dramatic than the 2011-12 and 2013-14...

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Maple Leafs Projected Lineup James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Daniel Winnik - Nazem Kadri - Joffrey Lupul Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - David Clarkson David Booth - Mike Santorelli - Richard Panik Morgan Rielly - Cody Franson Korbinian Holzer - Stephane Robidas Jake Gardiner - Roman Polak Starter: Jonathan Bernier James Reimer Scratched: Josh Leivo, Trevor Smith, Petter Granberg Injured: Dion Phaneuf (hand) Nashville Predators Projected Lines Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - James Neal Matt Cullen - Calle Jarnkrok - Gabriel Bourque Eric Nystrom - Paul Gaustad - Taylor Beck Roman Josi - Shea Weber Victor Bartley - Seth Jones Mattias Ekholm - Anton...

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Maple Leafs Projected Lines Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel (5-13-18) – (13-14-27) – (19-25-44) (37g, 89pts TOT) James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – David Clarkson (20-21-41) – (14-18-32) – (10-4-14) (44g, 77pts TOT) Daniel Winnik – Peter Holland – Mike Santorelli (3-16-19) – (8-8-16) – (9-17-26) (20g, 51pts TOT) David Booth – Trevor Smith – Richard Panik (1-1-2) – (1-2-3) – (7-1-8) (9g, 13pts TOT) Korbinian Holzer – Cody Franson (0-4-4) – (6-23-29) (6g, 33pts TOT) Morgan Rielly – Roman Polak (4-10-14) – (5-3-8) (9g, 22pts TOT) Jake Gardiner – Petter Granberg (2-9-11) – (0-0-0) (2g, 11pts TOT) Starter: James Reimer Scratched: Stuart Percy Injured: Dion Phaneuf (hand), Joffrey Lupul (lower body),...

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For those watching this game with an eye on draft positioning: https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/560857285660901376 It's been tough sledding of late watching the Leafs play, to say the least; the meaninglessness of the game as far as playoffs go and the fact that it was a classic Jersey game tempted the clicker finger of even the most devout Leafs fans last night. And we're still in late January with 30+ games to go. With the 16-25-6 Coyotes on the docket, the combined playoff odds in this matchup are just as low as last night. At the same time, with Phaneuf out, seeing Rielly and Gardiner in serious-minute territory...

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The reality for both these teams is that the trade deadline and draft positioning have become the only real talking points of relevance down the stretch. The Devils are trotting out a roster that was best suited to contend just after the 04-05 lockout. The Leafs have one win in the year 2015 and are now without a top pairing defenceman; the current solution with Phaneuf out is moving Korbinian Holzer over to his weak side and playing him on the top pairing with Cody Franson. The Leafs do have Leo Komarov, expected to start with Kadri and Kessel, and Peter Holland, expected to play with Winnik...

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The 21st place Maple Leafs (2-8-0 in their last 10) are in Kanata to take on the Senators (4-4-2) in a meaningless game between two rivals. A tank battle for the ages; the Toronto Maple Leafs are now in a position where the team, as currently constructed, has had a fork put in it by fans and media. What's left is a poorly constructed roster that is going to need an overhaul. Ottawa, who have the lowest payroll in the league, are just ahead of Toronto. Reimer is 8-1-0 vs Ottawa. Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Phil...

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The Maple Leafs return home to host the Hurricanes after a miserable trip down South. "I think everybody knows that is a dangerous lineup and those are dangerous players and at any point they can break out," McClement said. "You have to be aware of them at all times no matter what has gone on for them in the last little while. That's probably even more motivation for them, so we have to make sure we take care of the puck. They are quick in transition and that is when they get most of their chances, so we have to...

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Peter Horachek's Toronto Maple Leafs have Ken Hitchcock's St. Louis Blues preparing for Barry Trotz's Nashville Predators. That's the way he described it in a great interview today with the Toronto media, where he spoke in complimentary terms about the systems Horachek is implementing and the similarities to what he's gameplanned against in the past when preparing for the Predators over the years. That’s the way Nashville played for years. You can see the implementation of it. I told our coaches you could show Nashville clips from last year, the year before, five years ago, that is the way they are going to play. On the breakout: They got way...

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The Maple Leafs are looking to score a goal tonight in San Jose. In arguably their toughest back-to-back turnaround of their schedule (besides the strength of the teams, the Leafs would've gotten in very late due to noise ordinances, requiring an extra pair of bus rides bookending the flight), the Leafs are looking to break a streak of 121 minutes and 13 seconds without a goal. The process of figuring out how to generate scoring chances off the cycle is proving to be an adjustment for the Leafs, and frankly might be something they never excel at as constituted, but surely a team that can...

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The Ducks sound prepared for a Leafs team identity they've been trying to stray away from under new interim coach Peter Horachek. "They get us into a horse race, and they're better at that game than we are. Sometimes you get caught playing the other team's game, and it seems to be happening to us. We're more about getting it deep, grinding it out, and attacking the nets and playing good defensively. -Bruce Boudreau  That's been the flummoxing paradox with this Leafs team the past few seasons; if they can draw the other team into playing the track-meet, borderline-pond-hockey brand of game they excel...

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The Maple Leafs look to keep building on the positive possession performances of the past two games against one of the best teams in the League at possessing the puck. The Kings have recently been dealt a blow with the losses of 2013-14 emergents Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli to injury, and are losers of four of their last five, three in overtime or shootout. The Kings have played a tonne of tight games, going to overtime or shootout 12 times so far this season, and have lost 10 of those games (1-6 in shootout, 1-4 in overtime). If the Leafs...