Preview & GDT: Stars at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Leafs vs Stars
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The Leafs look to pick up their first win in five games tonight against the Dallas Stars. The Stars are 10th in the west with a 13-9-4 record, but some of below-average teams in the West would probably be good teams in the East. I caught parts of a couple of Stars games this season and this is a fast team.

Jerry D’Amigo received his first ever call up after four seasons with the Marlies and is expected to play on the Leafs’ 4th line tonight.

It seems Colton Orr is injured, and there is no word yet as to whether or not Frazer McLaren will dress for the Leafs. The Leafs waived Jerred Smithson and recalled D’Amigo though, so it seems Randy Carlyle is starting to get the idea after getting smacked over the head with the dangerous realities of icing a boat anchor fourth line, with a banged-up lineup, against a deep team like the San Jose Sharks.

Many fans have been waiting to see D’Amigo after some beastly playoff performances for the Marlies 2012 and again in 2013. He has been a 30-40 point player in the regular season, but has 21 points in 26 AHL playoff games.

D’Amigo will likely get some penalty killing time given Smithson is now with the Marlies and Tyler Bozak is out tonight. Hopefully D’Amigo has McClement and maybe Ashton as linemates to give him something to work with in terms of a cycle line.

Phil Kessel will play, Joffrey Lupul won’t. Jonathan Bernier starts. Tyler Seguin is in for the Dallas Stars. Stephane Robidas is out for a long time for the Stars.

We’ll know the lines closer to puck drop.

  • Mind Bomb

    Leafs Win Large, turn the camera’s on Going to be awesome
    Go LEafs !

  • wendelsway1

    Leafs are gonna put on a show for HBO!………GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • dlb eh

    Jerry has big moment potential, he can skate and knows the defensive side of the puck.  he’ll surely be looking to make an impression in his first chance since his uninspiring pre-season.  i personally see him as a premadonna who doesn’t like the rough stuff, but hopefully it’s just a matter of maturing and finding some courage from finding some success.

  • TheJFish

    Let’s go!

  • dlb eh

    Ashton’s gotta get some playing time.  let him and Holland play together in an offsive role 10 minutes tonight.
    Kadri, my sympathies for your grandfather…we need you tonight.

  • Savo43

    Is Leivo playing tonight as well? If not, why not?

  • Savo43

    JVR-Holland-Kessel
    Leivo-Kadri-Kulemin
    Raymond-Smith-Clarkson
    D’amigo-McClement-Ashton

    Is what i’d ice.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Leave it all out on the ice tonight boys, we need a win!

  • dlb eh

    Shift_Disturber1
    i’ve never really liked D’Amigo despite his heroic moments…shades of Mike Craig or something i dunno

  • Jmessih

    I assume the Leafs roll 7 D