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Leafs vs Stars

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Dallas (8 p.m., TSN) looking to extend their winning streak to 7 games— which would be their longest in 11 years (2003).

The last time the two teams faced off, the Leafs won 3-2 off a Trevor Smith tip in overtime. Nazem Kadri scored twice in regulation.

Dallas is mired in a poor stretch of play –  2-7-1 in their last 10 games – but won their last game 4-0 over Minnesota on Tuesday. Their top line is a serious threat, with Benn and Seguin combining for 86 points between them this season, compared to JvR and Kessel’s 91. After their dynamic duo the Stars have a bit of a drop off in production, with no other player scoring at a greater than .50 points-per-game rate (compared to the six scoring at .50 or greater for the Leafs).

The Stars’ bigger issue, though, has been keeping pucks out of their net, as they sit 25th in goals against (2.96 per game). The Stars and Leafs actually stack up one behind the other in both goals for and against, with the key differences being the Leafs’ easier Conference and their ability to collect points via shootout.

FINAL MTL (6) - DAL (4)
FINAL DET (5) - DAL (1)
FINAL DAL (3) - NYI (7)
FINAL DAL (0) - NJD (1)
FINAL DAL (2) - NYR (3)
FINAL NYI (4) - DAL (2)
FINAL EDM (2) - DAL (5)
FINAL BOS (4) - DAL (2)
FINAL DAL (2) - MIN (3) OT
FINAL DAL (1) - NSH (4)
FINAL MIN (0) - DAL (4)

Toronto’s play has been remarkable of late—and specifically Phil Kessel, who has climbed up to 4th (tied) in the league for goals scored with 26.  The Leafs’ No. 1 line has now amassed a stupefying 42 points in their last 12 games together. Kessel enters tonight riding a seven-game point streak (six goals, 14 points). The Leafs have won just five games without a Kessel point this season – how will the team fare when he is eventually kept quiet?

Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start after Reimer pitched in with a great start in Colorado. Bernier is  riding a four-game win streak (2.45GAA, .935SV%).

Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup


Dallas Stars Lineup


Lineups Courtesy of Dailyfaceoff


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


Projected Sabres Lineup
Moulson – Ennis – Girgensons
Ott – Hodgson – D’Agostini
Leino – Flynn – Stafford
Ellis – Zonopka – Scott

Pysyk – Ehrhoff
Weber – Myers
McBain – McNabb


Projected Leafs Lineup
JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Raymond – Kadri – Lupul
Kulemin – Holland – Clarkson
Ashton  – McClement– McLaren/Orr

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Franson – Gleason
Gardiner – Rielly



The Leafs look to hold onto their reclaimed playoff spot by turning a pair of wins into a winning streak against the League’s worst team, but must do so in a back-to-back situation while a chunk of their roster battles the flu bug.


Bruins Lineup
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Soderberg – Spooner – Eriksson
THornton – Campbell – Paille

Chara – Boychuk
McQuaid – Krug
Bartkowski – Miller


TML Lineup
JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Raymond – Kadri – Lupul
Ashon – McClement – Kulemin
McLaren – Holland – Clarkson*
*Leafs may opt for 7D as Clarkson has the flu.
Orr is out with the flu.

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Franson – Gleason
Gardiner – Rielly



Four straight regulation losses to teams below them in the Eastern Conference standings, knocking them out of a wildcard spot, have the Maple Leafs at an all time low in the Randy Carlyle era. Here’s another team nearby in the East the Leafs need to be able to beat in the Devils, who are tied with the Maple Leafs with 47 points through 46 games. Like the Rangers and Islanders earlier in the week, the Devils are coming into the ACC in the second game of a back to back (beat the Panthers in OT last night).


Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs, Michael Neuvirth for the Capitals.

TML Lines

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Gleason – Franson
Gardiner – Rielly



According to Jonas Siegel, Mark Fraser is going to enter the lineup in the place of Jake Gardiner.

All you can do is laugh.


JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Raymond – Kadri – Lupul
D’Amigo – McClement – Kulemin
McLaren – Holland – Orr

Gleason – Phaneuf
Franson – Gardiner
Rielly – Ranger

Vanek – Tavares – Nelson
Bailey – Nielsen – Regin
Grabner – Strome – Clutterbuck
Martin – Cizikas – McDonald

Hickey – MacDonald
de Haan – Hamonic
Carkner – Strait



Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs vs New York Islanders

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ first blowout loss of the season came at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets back on November 25, a game much like Saturday night’s in that the team was plainly outworked from puck drop. After getting booed off the ice, the Maple Leafs were probably happy to take to the road for the three games afterward. Booed after each period en route to a 7-1 loss to the Rangers and apologizing after the game on Saturday, the Leafs won’t get the same reprieve tonight. With a tenuous hold on the final wildcard spot, the Leafs will need to bounce back on home ice against a team they should be able to beat in the New York Islanders.

David Clarkson

With the HBO 24/7 sideshow and the 2014 Winter Classic spectacle now behind them, the Toronto Maple Leafs look to continue a three-game winning streak versus the New York Rangers.

2014 Winter Classic

It’s been a year and a half of a build up for the 2014 Winter Classic. The NHL lockout prevented the winter classic for happening  January 1, 2013, and now a year later, the event being dubbed as “The Biggest Hockey Game Of All Time” is going to take place today, weather permitted.

HBO 24/7 has been documenting two teams: the Detroit Red Wings, who have been struggling with injury and consistency problems and, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have been struggling with injury and consistency problems.

Toronto recently had Tyler Bozak return to the lineup versus the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto’s face-off percentage was in around the 60% mark for the first time in some time. Not having to rely on—and overplay—Jay McClement for all of your key face-offs makes a big difference in how you deploy your team and it’s one of the positives of having Tyler Bozak back in the lineup. Constantly losing draws, while not the most important aspect of the game, does come into play in key situations and game breaking goals off of key draws. Bozak was 56% on the dot vs Carolina and hopefully a trend we’ll see continue.

Toronto will be starting Jonathan Bernier, who has a sizzling .949 save percentage in his last five games, settling into a groove in the Toronto crease. much as been made about the goaltending tandem the Toronto Maple Leafs employ and how James Reimer is not a favorite of coach Carlyle, and is not getting the starts and chances he deserves. Reimer has been given every chance to succeed, and Bernier, even by the slightest of margins, is showing to be the better of the two (shootouts not included).

Henrik Zetterberg will be a gametime decision, as will Daniel Alfredsson, who is nursing an injury.

2014 Winter Classic: Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings

Toronto Maple Leafs vs the Detroit Red Wings matchup.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
GF/G115 (11th)107 (19th)
GA/G118 (20th)117 (19th)
SF/G27.4 (27th)29.9 (15th)
SA/G36.2 (30th)28.7 (15th)
PP22.3% (5th)19.3% (11th)
PK77.5% (27th)84.4% (8th)
5 on 5 F/A1.16 (8th)1.75 (2nd)
Sh%9.71% (5th)8.66% (17th)
Sv%0.923 4th)0.906 (22nd)
FO%47.2% (25th)51.3% (12th)

Toronto Maple Leafs 2014 Winter Classic Lineup

James van Riemsdyk
James van Riemsdyk
Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond
Mason Raymond
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin
Nikolai Kulemin
Jay McClement
Jay McClement
David Clarkson
David Clarkson
Jerry D'Amigo
Jerry D’Amigo
Peter Holland
Peter Holland
Colton Orr
Colton Orr
Defensive Pairings
Carl Gunnarsson
Carl Gunnarsson
Dion Phaneuf
Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson
Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner
Jake Gardiner
Morgan Rielly
Morgan Rielly
Paul Ranger
Paul Ranger

Detroit Red Wings 2014 Winter Classic Lineup

Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
Todd Bertuzzi
Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader
Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
Patrick Eaves
Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller
Drew Miller
Joakim Andersson
Joakim Andersson
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
Luke Glendening
Luke Glendening
Danny Cleary
Danny Cleary
Defensive Pairings
Niklas Kronwall
Niklas Kronwall
Dan DeKeyser
Dan DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl
Jakub Kindl
Kyle Quincey
Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff

2014 Winter Classic Live Streaming Video

2014 Winter Classic Alumni Game 2

Part 2 of the 2014 Winter Classic Alumni game shows both team’s best lineups (save for the Maple Leafs’ Sundin, who is recovering for Surgery). The lineups for both teams are stacked with Hall of Fame talent, and many Stanley Cup Winners. Toronto’s lineup, unsurprisingly, contains a lot truculence (that can play).

Enjoy the game.

Toronto Maple Leafs Roster - Game 2

Darryl Sittler27
Rick Vaive22
Wendel Clark17
Doug Gilmour93
Dave Andreychuk14
Darcy Tucker16
Kevin Maguire18
Gary Leeman11
Russ Courtnall9
Gary Roberts7
Lanny McDonald7
Tiger Williams22
Mats Sundin13
Mike Walton16
Tie Domi20
Mike Gartner22
Joe Nieuwendyk25
Steve Thomas32
Dave Ellett4
Bryan McCabe29
Bob McGill15
Borje Salming21
Al Lafrate33
Bryan Berard34
Curtis Joseph35
Felix Potvin36
Mike Palmateer29

Detroit Red Wings Roster - Game 2

Steve Yzerman19
Brendan Shanahan14
Igor Larionov8
Mickey Redmond20
Tomas Holmstrom96
Kris Draper33
Kirk Maltby18
Darren McCarty25
Joe Kocur26
Dino Ciccarelli22
Slava Kozlov13
Sergei Fedorov91
Doug Brown17
Nicklas Lidstrom5
Chris Chelios24
Mark Howe2
Larry Murphy55
Slava Fetisov2
Paul Coffey77
Brian Rafalski28
Chris Osgood30

Live Stream for 2014 Winter Classic Alumni Game


Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ET
Where: Michigan Stadium (“The Big House”), Ann Arbor, Michigan / Comerica Park

It’s taken a year and a half, but the Winter Classic is finally a go. Game 1 of the 2014 Winter Classic takes place today at 1pm and will have the weaker of the two rosters in this Alumni Game.

Toronto Maple Leafs Roster - Game 1

Dan Daoust24
Mark Osborne21
Bill Derlago19
Stew Gavin9
Pat Boutette15
Rob Pearson12
Claude Loiselle15
Brad May10
Shayne Corson27
Tom Fergus19
Mike Krushelnsyki26
Dave McLlwain7
Mike JohnsonN/A
Todd Warriner8
Dave Reid14
Nikolai Borschevsky16
Lou Franceschetti32
Mike Pelyk4
Jamie Macoun34
Matt Martin33
Brad Marsh3
Greg Hotham4
Cory CrossX
Mark Laforest
Peter Ing

Detroit Red Wings Roster - Game 1

John Ogrodnick25
Dallas Drake17
Jimmy Carson10
Martin Lapointe20
Petr Klima85
Dennis Polonich8
Red Berenson7
Gary Unger7
Kevin Miller23
Pat Verbeek17
Paul Ysebaert21
Brent Fedyk14
Mike Knuble22
Mike Sillinger
Jason Woolley15
Aaron Ward27
Steve Duchesne28
Mathieu Dandenault11
Jiri Fischer2
Mathieu Schneider23
Kevin Hodson
Ken Holland
Eddie Mio

GDT: 2014 Winter Classic: Alumni Game 2 Thread Here



Pregame coles notes:

- 3 regulation wins in the last 25 games for the Leafs. That has to change tonight.
- Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs after stopping 39 of 40 shots vs. the Rangers.
- No real changes to the lineup from Monday’s loss to the Rangers: Paul Ranger stays in beside Morgan Rielly, Liles and Fraser sit.
- Randy Carlyle says he likes the strength and “power” to Ranger’s game, meaning “Power Ranger” can now be a thing.
- No Cody Hodgson for the Sabres, who is out for another couple of weeks after hurting himself blocking a shot.
- Ryan Miller starts in net. He sports a 31-15-1 record and .922 save percentage in his career vs. Toronto.
- Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons has three goals and three assists in his past nine games.
- Buffalo remains the worst team in the league but have gone 4-4-2 in their last ten. Mostly because their goals against are down lately. Ryan Miller is heating up ((2-0-0, 1.45, .959 in last 2 GP).
- The Sabres are averaging a hideous 1.68 goals per game. The last team to finish below 2 per game on average was the Lightning in 1997-98 with a 1.84 GF/G.
- Ted Nolan has stated his intention to put John Scott in front of Jonathan Bernier on the powerplay tonight. Bernier will have to peer around him and tune out all the guttural grunting.