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...
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...
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.
Jonathan Bernier will start his fifth game in a row for the first time in his career, and for the first time for either Leaf goaltender this season. He turned aside 39 of 40 shots against the Rangers in a shootout loss prior to the Christmas break. This has been a convincing stretch from Bernier, one that will be tough to recover from as far as Reimer is concerned....
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...
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.
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
TV: CBC, NBC
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.
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...
Troy Bodie has been sent down to the Marlies. Colton Orr returns. Jonathan Bernier starts.
Paul Ranger is expected to step in for John Michael Liles (not confirmed).
Will it be two points in our stockings or a lump of coal? GO LEAFS GO.