Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #8 – Red Wings at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CBC)

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Just one more of these before it’s time for the real deal.

With a back to back wrapping up the preseason schedule leading into a back to back to start the season on Tuesday/Wednesday, the Leafs may opt for a rookie heavy lineup tonight in what Randy Carlyle has described as an opportunity to assess some call-up options.

The Leafs recalled the following players from the Marlies this morning (not clear how many will play):

 

Carlyle was also noticeably peeved at last night’s effort by his Leafs, who had pretty much their full lineup on display less Kessel. The Leafs puck chased all night, which might be a theme we can expect against the Red Wings this season, and Carlyle seemed to be pretty upset with the effort level and lack of physical play on the part of the Leafs.

Carlyle also took an opportunity to call out defenceman Jake Gardiner, in what may be a continuing theme again this season. Something Carlyle sees in Gardiner’s play, whether it be taking too many chances or playing lackadaisically in his own end or both, still seems to be getting under his skin.

Another takeaway from Carlyle’s last couple of interviews has been the possibility of running with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen to start the season, presumably as a way to accommodate a nine-game audition from Rielly despite the Clarkson suspension and the cap crunch.

We know James Reimer will start, and the Leafs will have to ice a few more regulars to hit their NHL quota. Clarkson will likely take his final opportunity to play before serving his 10 game suspension, while Bolland, Orr and Franson could probably use another tune up. Kadri is also expected to play.

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  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Go Reims!!

  • wiski

    I would be pissed if I paid 500 clams for a seat tonight. lol

  • 2minutes

    wiski Who the hell would pay 500 for preseason?  There’s no way that’s even possible.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    There’s still time for my cat Booger to earn a spot on the 4th line.
    http://imgur.com/rkemACd

  • 4evrblue

    Im tired of preseason. Bring on the regular season!!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I hope MacW gets into tonight’s game.  Would love to see him again.

  • Leafbites

    Leafs will have to physically impose their will on the Wings this season and muck it up with their smaller, skilled guys. We all know Detroit are more then happy to keep the game out of the trenches. And with this opposition, there has to be a game plan on how they’ll to go about protecting the crease and how they’ll go about getting traffic in the Wings’ crease.

  • mcloki

    I just hope there’s more hitting tonight. But I have a feeling that the guys know this is just a preseason match and don’t want to get hurt before the regular season.

  • mcloki

    Leafbites I think most of the opponents in the East are going to try and roughhouse Detroit out of the rink. It might be their only tactic.

  • 2minutes

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Nah, he’s a pussy.