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Game 8 Preview: Canes @ Leafs

Those crazy Toronto Maple Leafs are at it again tonight as their farm club, the Carolina Hurricanes, visit the ACC for their first meeting this season. Former Leafs Jay Harrison (tied for fifth in team scoring hilariously) and Jiri Tlusty (zero points in seven games) get the opportunity to come back to where their careers began and remember what it was like playing in an actual hockey market. Unfortunately for all involved, former alternate captain Mike Komisarek is a scratch tonight. We will now observe a short moment of silence for Komi.

OK, that’s enough; I don’t have all day here.

As you’ve probably ascertained from the opening paragraph, this team has had some trouble scoring goals, but still boast a pretty impressive array of threats from Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jared Staal, Jeff Skinner and Alex Semin. We won’t get to see this year’s fifth-overall pick, Elias Lindholm, as he’s out with injury along with defenseman Tim Gleason. Luckily for the Leafs, the Canes have been even worse than them in the possession department this season, which is good because the Leafs were absolutely thrashed in that regard by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. As for the bad news:

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LEAFS

Forwards

Mason RaymondTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Joffrey LupulNazem KadriDavid Broll

Josh LeivoDave BollandJay McClement

Carter AshtonTrevor SmithColton Orr

Defense

Dion PhaneufCarl Gunnarsson

Cody FransonMorgan Rielly

Jake GardinerPaul Ranger

Goalies

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

HURRICANES (via Chip Alexander and dailyfaceoff.com)

Forwards

Tuomu Ruutu – Eric Staal – Alex Semin

Nate Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Jiri Tlusty

Jeff Skinner – Riley NashRadek Dvorak

Drayson Bowman – Pat Dwyer – Kevin Westgarth

Defense

Justin FaulkAndrej Sekera

Jay Harrison – Ryan Murphy

Ron HainseyBrett Bellemore

Goalies

Cam Ward

Justin Peters

  • I expect the lineup to remain unchanged from Tuesday’s game with van Riemsdyk out again. Bernier was the only goalie skating in the morning, so that means Reimer probably gets the start again.
  • Ward is still looking for his first win of the season, as he owns a record of 0-2-3. Backup Anton Khudobin has played well in three games this season, but is out with an injury.
  • The Leafs need to do a better job of getting Kessel involved offensively. He was held without a shot for the first time this season on Tuesday.
  • The proceedings get underway just after 7 p.m., and you can watch the game on Leafs TV if you’re in the Leafs’ viewing area. Otherwise you’ll need Centre Ice or GameCentre. You can listen to the game on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

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