The following are the Leafs lines for tonight’s game. Ron Wilson has shuffled the lines quite a bit and has looked to find some chemistry for a shooter to play with John Mitchell. He’s hoping Jason Blake will fill the role while Jamal Mayers can provide some grit on the right side.
“I’m trying different things in practice just as I would in a game,” Wilson said of the changes, “getting guys ready for the potential line shuffling that happens in a game. Some guys’ strengths work with other guys’ weaknesses. I’m not knocking Jamal, but we don’t really have anyone else to put up there. It’s not a reward, it’s an opportunity more than anything else.”
The Penguins have also put Malkin and Staal together to look for the necessary 1-2 punch they had last season and feel Staal is better suited on the 2nd line than on the third.
“It’s self-explanatory, another good player on the wing with Gino,” Bylsma said. “It’s something I’ve done in the past, based on how they’re playing, to make the line look a little different and based on match-ups. I’d anticipate doing that again.”
The Pens are not underestimating the Leafs, despite their lack of statistics in the win column. They believe every game against the Maple Leafs, especially at the ACC, are difficult games to play and tonight will not be an exception. They are going to come out strong.
Hagman – Stajan – Stempniak
Ponikarovsky – Grabovski – Kulemin
Blake – Mitchell – Mayers
Orr – Wallin – Rosehill
Kaberle – Beauchemin
Schenn – Komisarek
White – Finger
A reminder to all that Checking From Behind will be hosting another Pre-Game Discussion Tonight at 6:00 to discuss everything around the league, but most importantly Toronto’s game tonight and their plan to not only find their identity, but also to help Toskala find his way to a win.
Micheal A. Aldred