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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David Clarkson looks to be playing as he's taken the warmups. Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs. Frederik Andersen (15-3-0, .929SV%) goes for the Ducks, the Leafs' first ever look at him. We'll know if it's 7D/11F or 12F/6D come game time. The Ducks are good, but the game is played on the ice not in the standings, right? Or something like that? GO LEAFS GO.

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In the next four nights, the Maple Leafs are going to play three teams who they, fortunately, won't have to meet in the playoffs unless they wind up in the Finals. It's going to be a stiff pre-playoff test, assuming the Leafs can net 16 of a possible 34 points in their remaining 17 games. These are good measuring stick games coming up this week. Here were today's practice lines: Lines at Leafs skate: JVR-Bozak-Kessel; Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin; Raymond-Holland-Bodie; McLaren-McClement-Orr; Ashton-Bolland-Clarkson— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 10, 2014 While both are back practicing with the team, it seems unlikely the Leafs will actually play both...

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Randy Carlyle speaks with media about making his return to Anaheim after Monday's morning skate.

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Frazer McLaren has been called up for tonight's game basically because of this from a few days ago: Here's where it kind of makes sense: The Leafs aren't going to have a functional fourth line whether Frazer McLaren is up or not, so they may as well have him around to go out and maybe fight if something happens during the game and there's the sense that a score needs to be settled. With the importance of the two points for two teams trying to fend off those behind them and clinch a playoff berth in the East, it seems...

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The points are now at a premium with under 20 games to go and the group that has the Leafs sitting fifth in the East has been trusted with closing out the job. A vote of confidence? Maybe not quite, but there's certainly a big test ahead for this group down the stretch. Speaking of which, Peter Holland and Carter Ashton have been recalled while Nikolai Kulemin has been returned to a line with Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri. The Leafs poked the tires on a center but opted to play Peter Holland as their 3C for now while Bolland continues...

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have outscored the Leafs 11-2 over two games this season. Bad starts have been a killer, with the Leafs outshot 23-9 between the two first periods of those losses. Avoiding their season-long trend as one of the worst first period teams in the League (-15 goal differential) seems pivotal against a team that has had no problem scoring against the Leafs or in general this season (7th in goals per game). There is some momentum going for the Leafs at home, winners of seven straight at the ACC, where they're up to an impressive 21-10-1 this season....

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Hockey. Night. In Canada, folks. With. Bob. Cole. On the CEEE BEEEE CEEEE. Lines vs. MTL: van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel. Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson. Raymond-Holland-Kulemin. McLaren-McClement-Bodie. — Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) March 1, 2014   Defence: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf. Gardiner-Franson. Gleason-Rielly. Goaltender: Bernier. — Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) March 1, 2014  

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Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following the morning skate.

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Things are rotten in Uniondale. John Tavares is injured, and while the International Olympic Committee will compensate the Isles by covering his salary for the balance of the injury layoff, Garth Snow also wants the IOC to just kind of give money to their season ticket holders because the team sucks. For now it seems Snow and Jack Capuano will play Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be dealt prior to the deadline after refusing a contract offer earlier this month. Same goes for their leading-point producing defenceman Andrew MacDonald, another player in need of a contract and soon to be...

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Team Canada's first real test comes today versus Finland. No P.K. Subban or Martin St. Louis, Patrick Sharp draws back in. Go Canada and Go Komarov. Team Canada Olympic Roster & Starting Lineup Goalies: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos (injured, will not play), Martin St. Louis, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews Team Finland Olympic Roster & Starting Lineup   Goalies: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask Defensemen: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepistö,...

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The Maple Leafs' dynamic 'Murican duo takes their talents to the international stage starting this morning versus Slovakia. Word has it Joe Pavelski will center the Leafs' wingers, comprising a line with 84 combined goals in the NHL this season. That's Team USA's first line whether they label it that or not. The game starts at 7:30 a.m. EST on CBC. Your rosters for this Group A matchup presented by 888sport: USA Goalies: Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick Defensemen: John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter Forwards: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick...

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The Maple Leafs look to enter the Olympic Break on the right note -- by beating the Vancouver Canucks for the first time since 2003. Projected Leafs lines JvR - Bozak - Kessel Lupul - Kadri - Clarkson Raymond - Kulemin - Bodie McClement - McLaren Gunnarsson - Phaneuf Gardiner - Franson Gleason - Rielly Bernier

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Maple Leafs look to end embarrassing losing streak vs. Vancouver Canucks After a Sunshine State road trip, the Toronto Maple Leafs are back at home after playing their worst game of the year (Panthers), followed by one of their better games of the year (Lightning). The Maple Leafs (7-2-1) are the second-hottest team in the league over the past 10 games, while the struggling Vancouver Canucks (3-7-0) have the 3rd worst record over the same time frame. Vancouver has been outscored 23-10 while losing six games in regulation, good for the club's longest slide since dropping eight in a row from Jan....

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The Leafs are looking to redeem a lame effort in Sunrise with a better showing in Tampa.   Jonathan Bernier will start for the Leafs, and the team in front of him owes him a better effort.  A couple of fast teams here, this game could be a track meet. That will suit the Leafs just fine. Lineups courtesy of the great site Daily Faceoff:   Game Day Hangout: Erik Erlendsson, a Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Tribune, joins Michael and Michael to discuss the Stamkos/St.Louis substitution for Canada, tonight's matchup, Bolland, and more. MLHS Hangout Audio/Podcast version

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Erik Erlendsson, a Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Tribune, joins Michael and Michael to discuss the Stamkos/St.Louis substitution for Canada, tonight's matchup, Bolland, and more. MLHS Hangout Audio/Podcast version

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For his and all of our sakes, I hope the team can stay on the winning track once David Clarkson returns, starting tonight in Florida. The contract, the lack of production and the injuries have already entangled him in a formidable web of bad contract angst, mounting pressure and disappointment, as his first season as a Leaf on his new big deal has started to get away from him. Having this team immediately slow down from their blistering pace once he comes back would just be another angle to the whole thing, one he really rather avoid at this point....

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A point of pride the past two seasons for Leafs fans has been the domination of the Ottawa Senators, save for one loss in Ottawa last February when the Senators scored the winner with just seconds remaining on the clock. The Leafs are winners of five straight against their provincial rivals and six of the last seven. The reason is simple: The Senators have had no answer for the Leaf attack. The Leafs have scored 21 goals in their five straight wins over Ottawa, including eight points each from Kessel and JvR. Nazem Kadri has ten points in his last...

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GO LEAFS GO. TML Lineup Van Riemsdyk – Bozak – Kessel Lupul – Kadri – Kulemin Raymond – Holland – Bodie Ashton – McClement – Orr Gunnarsson – Phaneuf Gleason – Franson Gardiner – Rielly Bernier Panthers Lineup Fleischmann - Bjustad - Upshall Bergenheim - Gomez - Boyes Huberdeau - Goc - Winchester Kopecky - Shore - Barch Campbell - Gilbert Olsen - Jovanovski Kulikov - Weaver Clemmensen

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The Maple Leafs look to even the season series in a "should mean 2 points" meeting against the 27th-place Florida Panthers. A win would give the Leafs eight victories and an OT loss in their last 10. The first game featured some spells of brutal hockey by this team in a 3-1 loss, but interestingly that was one of only nine games (out of 55) in which the Leafs outshot their opponent (29-23). An early goal against (Fleischmann, after the Kadri turnover and bad Phaneuf pinch) maybe altered the course of the game as far as the shot count...