Thursday, April 2, 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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Randy Carlyle speaks with the media following the morning skate.


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...


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,...


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...


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

Phil Kessel Fighting


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....


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



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


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...


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


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. TML Lineup Van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin Raymond - Holland - Bodie Ashton - McClement - Orr Gunnarsson - Phaneuf Gleason - Franson Gardiner - Rielly Bernier TBL Lineup (per Daily Faceoff) Palat - Johnson - St. Louis Killorn - Filppula - Purcell Kucherov - Thompson - Brown Malone - Crombeen Hedman - Salo Carle - Gudas Barberio - Brewer Aulie Bishop   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 Pavelec --- Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup Reimer --- 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

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...



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...


Projected Sabres Lineup Moulson - Ennis - Girgensons Ott - Hodgson - D'Agostini Leino - Flynn - Stafford Ellis - Zonopka - Scott Pysyk - Ehrhoff Weber - Myers McBain - McNabb Miller Projected Leafs Lineup JvR – Bozak – Kessel Raymond – Kadri – Lupul Kulemin – Holland – Clarkson Ashton  – McClement– McLaren/Orr Gunnarsson – Phaneuf Franson – Gleason Gardiner – Rielly Reimer