Preview and GDT: Maple Leafs at Predators (8 p.m., LeafsTV)

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Team Records: Leafs – 3-1-0 vs. Predators – 1-2-0
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Jonathan Bernier’s recent play, career record (7-1) against Nashville and familiarity with the opponent has gotten him the nod against the Predators tonight despite a loss on Tuesday. The loss might have given Carlyle reason enough to go back to Reimer, but he seems to be sticking with the hot hand (Bernier was excellent despite the loss).

We’ll see how Reimer responds when he gets his next chance, but I’ve always thought he needs to get a run of starts to stay on top of his game. If true, it could be his undoing in the goalie battle. Ideally, one goalie will get hot when the other cools off and the Leafs will reap the net result of great goaltending all season, but we’ll have to see how it actually plays out.

Don’t take what I just wrote the wrong way, either – There is a lot of sound reasons why Bernier should play tonight. He’s played well, knows Nashville shooters far better than Reimer, and has had great success against the Preds. Just a thought on how this goalie thing might play out.

The Leafs have continued to be the anti-advanced stats team in the early going, winning games they were out Corsi‘d in and losing to the Avalanche after technically outchancing them on Tuesday (there was some pretty desperate low percentage shooting from the Leafs, I thought). Overall, they have not been at their best yet and it would be nice to see them play like it for the first time this season.

Maple Leafs Lines vs Nashville Predators

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Nashville Predators Lineups, Oct. 10th, 2013
Left WingCenterRight Wing
JvRBozakKessel
RaymondBollandLeivo
LupulKadriBroll
AshtonMcClementOrr
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
RiellyFranson
GardinerRanger
Goalies
Bernier
Reimer
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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 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Automatic transmission is for pussies!!  Pussies, I tell ya!!
    Go manual or go home!!
    Oh, and Go Leafs!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Bernier’s gonna shut the door on the Preds!!  Big game tonight!!

  • Pazzuzzu

    Bernier has been realgood, so much more economical and fluid than Riems. Best 1-2 punch in the league IMHO

  • MaxwellHowe

    8-2 for the Leafs.  Gunnersson scores the 8th goal on a simple slapshot from the point. Everyone accuses him of hotdoggin it because its the kind of thing he usually only does in practice

  • Pazzuzzu

    well, i not to excited bout scrivens, so i’ll stick with and optimus bernie

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bolland certainly seems to be getting the linemates we thought Kadri would in the early season

  • Pazzuzzu

    He is Alec. Thats why I spitballed the Nail thing.

  • JMAC17

    Alec Brownscombe Think this is part of a plan….Keep Kadri hungry till Clarkson comes back

  • http://www.gregcaughill.com/ DarthBurke

    Here’s hoping for a rebound game where they don’t play so sloppy.

  • mORRganRielly

    Alec Brownscombe The more I read into it, the more I think it’s not a coaching / player disagreement but a coaching tactic to shelter Kadri.  And even though he was held off the scoresheet, Kadri dominated at even strength.