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.
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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....
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...
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...
While there is games in hand at play, this is technically a matchup of 3rd vs. 4th in the East.
No changes to the Leaf lineup from Saturday besides Jonathan Bernier starting.
Van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin
Raymond - Holland - Bodie
Ashton - McClement - Orr
Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Gleason - Franson
Gardiner - Rielly
TBL Lineup (per Daily Faceoff)
Palat - Johnson - St. Louis
Killorn - Filppula - Purcell
Kucherov - Thompson - Brown
Malone - Crombeen
Hedman - Salo
Carle - Gudas
Barberio - Brewer
GO LEAFS GO.
The money board is loaded for tonight as the five Toronto Maple Leafs from Manitoba are reportedly fired up for this game. That includes Randy Carlyle, James Reimer and most of the Maple Leafs' grinders (Ashton, Bodie, Orr).
GO LEAFS GO.
Winnipeg Jets Lineup
Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup
There may be a game-time change on D. Ranger didn't take the game day skate alongside the other scratches.
Lineups via DailyFaceoff
Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets Live Stream
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...
What happens in a meeting between two teams whose working formula is to win while outshot? We’ll find out tonight in Colorado.
Inspecting the makeup of the teams reveals why they might be fudging the stats. Both are young, skilled, fast and dangerous up front, and are shooting up around 10% (all situations). Both are positionally weak at D, but have received the quality of goaltending to compensate (Avalanche are third with a .922 save percentage, Leafs are 6th with a .919).
Watch the Avalanche a little bit and you come to the conclusion they’re similar to the Leafs except Patrick...
Toronto Maple Leafs (25-20-5, 55 points) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-16-9, 55 points)
The Leafs are seeking their first five-game winning streak since the 2006-07 season tonight in Phoenix.
The Leafs took a shootout win out of a low scoring 1-1 game in the first of two season meetings on December 19 in Toronto. Both were dirty goals, one from Troy Bodie in the first period and the other from Martin Hanzal late to tie the game. Hanzal is out for tonight's game.
The Leafs' top line was buzzing but could not score; Phil Kessel in particular, who could have had a hat...
Can the Leafs make it four in a row for the first time this season? A Hockey Day in Canada marquee matchup against the Habs sounds like the perfect occasion.
Toronto enters this game six points back of Montreal for third place in the Atlantic Division, meaning they could make it four while also distancing themselves four points clear of the Ottawa Senators, who are nipping at their heels for that last wildcard spot but lost to the New York Rangers 4-1 earlier today.
Toronto will be without the injured David Clarkson, something they're not exactly unused to. Troy Bodie will...
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.
- The Maple Leafs are 4-5-0 in the second game of a back to back. The Sabres also played last night, losing 4-3 to the Flyers.
- The Leafs returned to a playoff spot with their second straight win last night, but the hold is tenuous: They’re at 51 points through 48 games while the Wings have...
The Leafs go seeking out an ever-elusive regular season victory at TD Garden tonight.
- Randy Carlyle has apparently had an epiphany:
Randy Carlyle says he's been playing Jay McClement "way too much." Plans to abandon checking line with Peter Holland back.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 14, 2014
Wow. At the very least he'll shut the whiny Leafs bloggers up if the Leafs get hammered tonight or lose both games of this back to back (who am I kidding, no it won't).
This has been the funny thing about Carlyle. He does some frustrating things with his roster decisions, only to suddenly, albeit...
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).
Compounding the Leafs'...
Jonathan Bernier starts for the Leafs, Michael Neuvirth for the Capitals.
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
Clarkson – McClement – Kulemin
D'Amigo – Ashton – Orr
Gleason – Phaneuf
Gunnarsson – Franson
Rielly – Fraser
Ruutu – Skinner – Semin
Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer
Boychuk – Sutter – Lindholm
Bowman – Malhotra – Dvorak
Faulk – Sekera
Harrison – Bellemore
Liles – Murphy
A potential four-point swing at play in a game between two wildcard playoff spot competitors tonight in Carolina.
- As we’ve all heard by now, Peter Holland has joined the Marlies for the first time since the trade and Carter Ashton (10 goals, 15 points in 14 AHL games) has been recalled. Holland is three games away from hitting the 25-game mark, and the condition on the draft selection in the trade with Anaheim is that 25 games played upgrades the third round pick to a 2nd.
- It does seem likely, though, that Peter Holland is going to be called...