Monday Mashup: Here Come the Ducks


The Leafs are officially in the midst of their first losing “streak” of the season. Tuesday’s contest sees the 7-1 Anaheim Ducks visit town, which will be another difficult test for a Leafs team who have yet to really hit their stride despite being 6-3 on the season. The Ducks shellacked the Stars 6-3 last night, and Getzlaf, Perry, Jakub Silfverberg, Selanne and Mathieu Perreault, who is getting a chance to center their second line, are all off to hot starts.

While the hope will be that the return of Kulemin and Clarkson from injury and suspension will help the Leafs dictate the flow of games a little better, between an improved forechecking presence and more depth in offensive options, they’re going to have to try to find a way to compete better with who they’ve got on Tuesday. Clarkson will be eligible to return to action Friday, Frazer McLaren will likely draw back in on the weekend, and hopefully Nik Kulemin isn’t too far from his return, although he’s yet to skate.

The Leafs assigned Carter Ashton, David Broll and Trevor Smith to the Marlies for their 2-1 win on Sunday (Ashton scored the game winner in a 2-1 win over Hamilton), but have recalled Trevor Smith this morning as per Sportsnet.

Some Leafs links on this Monday morning:

Friedman’s 30 Thoughts
Important takeaway: The reevaluation point on Rielly is 40 games because a) that’s when his season counts as credit toward arbitration and free agency determinants (40 games on active roster); b) that’s the last game before Christmas, when he could possibly join the World Juniors.

Mirtle’s latest at the Globe & Mail on Saturday’s loss to Chicago

Jonas Siegel at TSN on Chicago’s team model as one for the Leafs to follow

Jeffler’s recap of yesterday’s Marlies win over the Hamilton Bulldogs

Mike Brophy’s post-game at CBC

Mike Smith scored a goal!

Marlies highlights from yesterday’s 2-1 win:

Brennan keeps on ripping it up. Ashton with the game winner.

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  • MaxwellHowe

    The Ducks break out of their zone with speed. Leafs have to clog up the neutral zone and jump on loose pucks IMO.  And finally begin to execute team breakouts with short quick passes.  Problem is, the Leafs always try to make those short passes thru skates and sticks.  Carlyle will probably spend the whole season working on this.
    And for gods sake, develop something resembling a forecheck.

  • Optimustic

    Can’t wait till tomorrow so we can prove that we really don’t need that #1C we all keep waiting for.    Na not really.  :-)

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook We have a lot of time to hope for the best and prepare for the worse.  Carlyle should have his fingernails worked down pretty good by then

  • Burtonboy
    Fraser and Kulemin were slated to come back on the western road trip, won’t be able to know for sure until they start practicing, says coach

  • Optimustic

    MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook Maybe if he sharpened his old skates up, he could fit himself on the roster.   We could use a good D-man like he was. ( hope I don’t need a smiley face here )

  • MaxwellHowe

    Optimustic MaxwellHowe TheCanucksnaphook 
    The Leafs could trade him again!

  • Optimustic

    MaxwellHowe Optimustic TheCanucksnaphook I hope they wouldn’t trade him until Fraser is back.

  • wiski

    Love the new look Alec very clean and sharp. 😉

  • adeel

    and the Monster with NHL first star honours haha. but anyways, the boys need to play a more consistent game. another effort like the one against chicago and we wont be beating the ducks either.