Team Records: Leafs – 6-2-0 vs. Blackhawks – 4-1-2
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Big test for the Leafs in Chi-town. The Leafs haven’t beat the Blackhawks in Chicago since 2003.

Some keys to victory:

1. Bernier brilliance. Begins and ends here, one would think.
2. Capitalize on powerplays. Chicago was dominant and far and way the best team at five on five last season, but their PK has struggled in the early going.
3. Improved, more simplified puck management and a ratcheting up of the physical game. Key to any road game, but the Hawks haven’t been firing on all cylinders yet this season, scoring 13 goals over 6 games. Don’t wake the sleeping giant by feeding it turnovers.
4. Feast on Kostka.
5. Rattle them with The Bolland.

JvR still hasn’t been confirmed for tonight. Assuming he’s in, here’s our best guess at tonight’s lines:

Lines: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Oct. 19th, 2013
Leafs Lineup
Left WingCenterRight Wing
Left DefenseRight Defense
Starter: Bernier

Chicago’s lines per Second City Hockey:

Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Michal Handzus – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Marcus Kruger
Brandon Bollig – Brandon Pirri – Joakim Nordstrom

Defensive Pairings
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Michael Kostka

Corey Crawford (3-1-2, 2.25 GAA, .919 save %, 0 SO)

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