Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 15): Live Game Thread

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It’s Hockey Night In Canada, meaning the Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action in their usual 7 p.m. time slot on CBC. However, this isn’t any average Saturday night game. The Leafs are in Vancouver, taking on a Canucks team they haven’t faced since February of 2012. It’s also Pavel Bure night in Van City, as they’ll be retiring his number-10 jersey to the Rogers Arena rafters.

The Leafs are finishing off a three-game road trip through Western Canada, and are perfect on the trip so far, going 2-0 against the two Alberta teams. Tonight, however, they face a much stiffer test. The Canucks have a slightly worse record than the Leafs (9-5-1 compared to 10-4-0), but have done so in the far more difficult Pacific division, and have still won four of their last five games.

The dangerous trio of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler leads the team; along with a stacked blue-line that includes Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa; while veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo is still going strong. For more on both team’s lineups, check out our game preview.

As for the Leafs, tonight they’ll get Nikolai Kulemin back in their forward ranks. Kulemin’s addition comes at a great time with Carter Ashton being suspended for this game and the next. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Twitter to see whom he’ll be lining up with in the pre-game line rushes.

With less than half an hour until game time, please join us for the game thread in the comments below. What are your predictions? I’ll get things started off: The Leafs will win this one 3-2 in a shootout, with the winner courtesy a spin-o-rama goal by former Canuck Mason Raymond.

GO LEAFS GO!

Topics: Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks

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  • Dale Lamontagne

    James Reimer will start.

    • Tim Bayer

      Smart move.

  • Tim Bayer

    This Pavel Bure montage is amazing.

    • Dale Lamontagne

      It was great.

  • Tim Bayer

    OF COURSE Jim Hughson is hosting this thing. What a homer.

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    BURE!!!!!!

    • Tim Bayer

      Valeri?

  • Tim Bayer

    Puck drop is 7:23.

    • Dale Lamontagne

      Not too bad.

      • Tim Bayer

        Par for the course for pre-game stuff.

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    I actually don’t know who gets a boner quicker, Jim Hughson or Bill Simmons talking Boston

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    Hey Bure’s wife, this is a family show…

  • Tim Bayer

    When does Bure’s wife give a speech?

    • Dale Lamontagne

      HAHA

  • Tim Bayer

    His accent is amazing.

  • James Gleason

    miss ya pat quinn

  • Tim Bayer

    Wait, who’s Gino?

  • Tim Bayer

    Gino Odjick? That guy was terrible. He was the Colton Orr of the mid-’90s.

  • Tim Bayer

    He should’ve kept number 96.

  • Tim Bayer
  • Tim Bayer

    Whoa! Mark Donnelly has lost so much weight!

  • Tim Bayer

    HOCKEY FINALLY

  • James Gleason

    tough start should be a long night

  • Kurtis Friesen

    What an opening ceremony! The greatest goal scorer ever.. The Russian Rocket!! Now let’s kill the mood boyz! GO LEAFS GO!!

  • Kurtis Friesen

    I’m feeling another big game from Kadri..

  • James Gleason

    optimus looking good early on

  • James Gleason

    holy moly

  • Tim Bayer

    whoa

  • Dale Lamontagne

    REIMER!

    • Tim Bayer

      that Burrows save was unreal!

  • Tim Bayer

    The Toe of God.

  • James Gleason

    love you james reimer

  • Kurtis Friesen

    HOLY REIMER!! Is he ever silencing all critics of late, including me. He looks more athletic than ever, he wasn’t making ANY of those saves a year ago,,

  • Kurtis Friesen

    Actually a good point by Healy about the small pads helping agility. I’ve seen it all over the league this year..

  • Tim Bayer

    The Sedins will be in my nightmares.

    • Tim Bayer

      Oh yeah, Kesler too.

  • Kurtis Friesen

    Way to jynx that one Jim…

  • Tim Bayer

    Do the Leafs have a shot yet?

  • James Gleason

    that goal was puurty

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    Wow, its like James Reimer is a good goalie. Who knew….

  • James Gleason

    Shots: leafs 1 me 1

    • Tim Bayer

      i’ll take one plz thank u

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    Don’t ever quote Allen Iverson Jim Hughson

  • Kurtis Friesen

    Hhahaaha I wonder if Hughson and Simpson know where that “practice?” rant is from..

    • Tim Bayer

      probably just saw their kids watching it on the YouTubes

  • Tim Bayer

    YAY MOAR PENALTY KILLING

  • Tim Bayer

    oh dear. JvR that was embarrassing.

  • Tim Bayer

    uh……

  • James Gleason

    burrorws did good got kessel off the ice. efff

    • Tim Bayer

      Yeah, best to just ignore him.

  • Dale Lamontagne

    Kessel? Also, Lupul hurt?

  • Tim Bayer

    Wait, I missed that. Did Orr and Sestito get tossed?

  • James Gleason

    weird game for far

    • Tim Bayer

      so weird

    • Dale Lamontagne

      Very

  • Tim Bayer

    Did Lupul just accidentally hit Kadri?

    • Tim Bayer

      Yup, he sure did.

  • Tim Bayer

    Insult to injury.

  • Tim Bayer

    I really hope that wasn’t a Karlsson scenario.

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul on the fourth line?

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    looks like the shooting percentages are coming back to earth

    • Tim Bayer

      And the goaltending isn’t bailing them out this time.

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    The Leafs might be done in by the Corsi gods but their Punch Corsi remains intact

    • Tim Bayer

      Their Pointless Fights/60 is through the roof.

  • Mohamed Mohamed

    And on that note, Goodnight Game Thread. Hello Raps game and Isos

    • Tim Bayer

      Night. Go Raps.

  • James Gleason

    I hate this game

    • Tim Bayer

      Yup. This is Blackhawks game level bad.