(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

I’m assuming it’s Canucks fanboy Jim Hughson – along with the usual cast of characters (my invitation stands, Glen Healy) – commentating this game tonight. Your MLHS key to the game: Execute good remote management and utilize the mute button.

It’s always a special night when the Canucks visit the ACC. The Nucks are again one of the top teams in the league, so this is a good measuring stick for the Buds. The Leafs were lit up for four and five goals respectively in their two losses to Vancouver last season

Jonas Gustavsson will be in net to try to quiet this high-powered Canucks offense. The Monster has been playing up to his name as of late. 5-1 in his last six with a 2.31GAA and .929SV%.

The Leafs have been doing themselves no favours lately with the amount of penalties taken. The Canucks are fifth in the league at drawing penalties, and own the best powerplay in the league, so the Leafs are in a world of trouble if they keep that up. Keeping this miserable excuse for a penalty “kill” off the ice will be a major key to the game. The Leafs are on a pretty even level, at least statistically, with the Canucks at five-on-five.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-13 Maple Leafs Annual magazines. You can contact him at [email protected]

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