GDT: Leafs at Bruins (7 p.m., CBC); Lines + Keys to the Game

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If the Leafs can pull this off, it would be a huge win not only in keeping Boston behind them in the divisional race, but in boosting confidence for a banged up team facing extended time without Bolland and Bozak.

Keys to the Game for the Leafs:

1 – The Bruins defense pinch heavily almost every play and force the Leafs to play on the boards, which is a weakness for them.  The Leafs need to keep the puck 3ft or so off the boards and make the Bruins play in the open ice — not necessarily the Bruins strength – and use aerial passes when available if those options are not available.  If the Leafs don’t work on this, they will not be able to break out with efficiency this evening.

2 – Play the Bruins hard whistle-to-whistle. Do not engage in in after whistle skirmishes (looking at you, David Clarkson).

3 – The Bruins send two men in and try to force d-to-d passes; passes have to be firm, crisp and on point.

4 – Try not to let the Bruins consistently set up below goal line in on your own zone. The Bruins feast on a cycle and on great board play once they have the D facing the wrong way from the net.

5 – The Bruins defense is more mobile than it was last season, but stretching them out when the opportunity presents itself will generate odd man rushes.

Lines: Leafs vs. Bruins, November 9, 2013.
Leafs Lineup  
Left WingCenterRight Wing
LupulJvRKessel
RaymondKadriClarkson
BodieMcClementKulemin
McLarenSmithson
Left DefenseRight Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Rielly
Starter: Reimer
  • TuckerForPunishment

    Finally.  Fuck Boston.

  • The Truth Hurts

    Go Leafs Go. Vaive with 3. Derlago assisting on all.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    For anyone with surround sound, here is how you get rid of the CBC commentary that ruins many a great Saturday night. 
    Unplug the center speaker and this will allow all the arena noise for the game, but block out: Hughson, Simpson and Healy.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    The Truth Hurts
    This is the fireplace at my cottage.  I like going up as often as I can…just to get away and decompress in the mountains.  Just me, my (cottage) computer / no internet, a bunch of herb, my fireplace, the lake, and the mountains.  Don’t get much better than that.
    http://imgur.com/fXmgCAE

  • The Truth Hurts

    Nice!! Stoke her up for game time!

  • Optimustic

    I said 4 – 3 for the Leafs earlier, and I’m sticking to it.  We need this game for more than the 2 points as Declan stated above.   Go Leafs Go!

  • newkb

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts Nice place….out this way I believe you had said??

  • Xxxxxnew

    Amazing (or not) how Vaive has never seemed to be part of the Leaf family over the years. First leaf and only one of three to ever score 50 in a season.

  • newkb

    The Truth Hurts You can’t play 2 trigger men on the same line.  Or so we keep being told.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    newkb Bon Scott was a Leaf fan The Truth Hurts
    In the Gatineaus.  About an hour and a half into Quebec from Ottawa.
    http://imgur.com/pWjrexH