The Leafs and their rapidly dwindling roster are in the Music City for a date with the Nashville Predators tonight. Joffrey Lupul is questionable to play after sustaining a calf injury in Tuesday’s game. Josh Leivo is expected to fill his spot on the second line if Lupul doesn’t go, which would be quite the trial-by-fire for the 20-year-old rookie. We’ll have a full preview with lineup information later on in the day. Until then, LINKS!
I’m assuming the Lupul injury concern is the reason why the Leafs called up Leivo (who’s capable of playing in the top six). From James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail.
Hi Seth Jones! From Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star.
Yup, a lot of this is on Dave Nonis and his bad salary cap management. From Michael Traikos of the National Post.
It would probably help the Leafs’ dwindling roster problem if Carlyle played his fourth line more than five minutes a night. From Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
It’s interesting that Jay McClement’s possession stats actually got worse when he played with top-six players last year, although they were really bad with bottom-six players, too. From Cam Charron of The LeafsNation.
Jake Gardiner may have played just over 20 minutes on Tuesday night (third-most among Leafs defensemen), but he didn’t play at all in the final three minutes and sat for long stretches in the third period (according to ShiftChart.com). From Hope In The Big Smoke on Back Row Sports.
“Ultimately he has to be a top-two centreman in the National Hockey League.” I don’t understand that Steve Spott quote. Does it mean he won’t be called up to fill a bottom-six role ever? How many guys who scored a ton in junior ended up as checking-line centres, a la Dave Bolland? (Hint: A LOT.) From Kyle Cicerella.