First I would like to apologize for my lack of posting lately. Some technical difficulties have stopped me, but writers block has also been getting in the way.
I constantly finding myself deleting everything I am writing as it isn’t good enough material to truly post and I can’t really find the piece to break the lock I have on writing, so I’m doing it the simple way, a game day blog, in hopes I can cure this wretched writers block.
Tonight, the Leafs play host to the Philadelphia Flyers. A win tonight would be huge for the Leafs as they could come within two points of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres do face the Boston Bruins tonight and it would be much better for the Buds if the Bruins beat the Sabres in regulation.
Their playoff hopes all ride on themselves. They need to win, while getting some help from other teams. Preferably ones who play the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils. You can read more about the playoff chase in Myles’ post, Playoff Hunting.
The Buds are going to need James Riemer standing tall tonight against the Flyers, who are coming off a win against the Edmonton Oilers. They are a top team in the league, and will be a really tough test for the Leafs.
If Toronto can pull out a win tonight, they keep their post-season hopes alive. The team needs to pick up its play if they want to have a chance at the playoffs.
My players to watch tonight, Nikolai Kulemin for the Leafs and Jeff Carter for the Flyers.
Kulemin has had a very solid year this season and has been a bright spot for the Leaf and their future moving forward. A solid two way player, comparable to Detroit Henrik Zetterberg (in style of play), he could end up being a top line fixture for the Leafs in the future, but right now, he needs to keep up his solid two way play and hopefully tonight chip in offensively as well.
Carter is coming off a two goal game in Edmonton and has been known to score in bunches, the Leafs need to watch out for him and his quick release tonight. If Toronto plays a tight checking game, they might be able to reel in some of the offensive talent on the Flyers roster, including Jeff Carter.