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...
GS: What’s the one perk about being the captain of an original six team that we wouldn’t know?
WC: It’s probably the hugest honour because it's the team in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs and your peers allow you to be captain and you’re a part of that room. The good thing is you’re answering all the questions. The bad thing is you’re answering all the questions. You can’t take everything personally all the time like Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leaf's current captain] is going through sometimes where he takes things personally. He doesn’t take it personal, but people...
The third of four episodes spans from the shootout win over Phoenix to the shootout loss at the hands of the Rangers before the Christmas break (after which Joffrey Lupul is followed while Christmas shopping and James van Riemsdyk and his family are featured in their annual Christmas shinny game). The centerpiece of the episode is, naturally, the first meeting of the season between the Wings and Leafs.
The full episode will air tonight on Sportsnet. For American-based viewers, it's available on the HBO website.
Lots to see in this episode, but here are a few quick Leafs clips of...
In a far more entertaining second episode of 24/7, both clubs are mired in the frustration of losing too many games, with the respective head coaches serving as the central characters. A furious Mike Babcock sends an HBO cameraman scurrying out of the Wings dressing room. During Randy Carlyle's outburst, the Toronto cameraman has the foresight to tape through a half-closed door rather than standing in the middle of the maelstrom.
Among the must-see Leaf-related moments:
Carlyle peels paint:
The first proper freak out by Carlyle of the 24/7 series came down 3-0 at the second intermission versus Florida. Wow.
Here was Carlyle...
Carlyle: "We didn't have enough of a compete level in the 50/50 battles."
"I'd agree with that description ."
Phaneuf: "I've got to be better. I made some mistakes tonight that are unacceptable."
"We take pride in being a team that isn't outworked. Tonight we were outworked...These are points you cannot get back."
Reimer: "There’s never an excuse. Injuries, tired, it’s all BS. Those are excuses and they’re useless."
Mason Raymond: "We simply got embarrassed."— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 18, 2013