I’m not sure about you, but it’s been a while since I watched a Toronto Maple Leafs game with as much excitement as I had last night. Maybe that’s a testament to how the Leafs have played so far this season, or maybe I just had too much coffee. Either way, the Leafs played very well, and although they didn’t come away with the win, they’ll win a lot more games than they’ll lose if they keep it up.
But then again, they’re on the second leg of a back-to-back and had to travel overnight to get to St. Louis to take on another Western Conference powerhouse in the Blues tonight. I don’t expect the Leafs to win, but after last night I feel as if…as if…
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m kind of sad I’m going to miss the game tonight, as the Blues are a really fun team to watch. Just take a look at the lineup over here in Daniel’s preview. Not many teams can roll those four lines, and their defense is home to three all-star level players. Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow on the fourth line? I am blue with envy.
We also get to see everybody’s favourite active former Leaf in Alex Steen tonight. The Leafs’ first-round pick (24th overall) in 2002 is second in the league in goals with 21 and eighth in points with 33. He’s probably good for at least a couple against his former team.
James Reimer will get the nod in goal for the Leafs. He’s played better than Jonathan Bernier recently and should be considered the number one guy at this point. He’s had plenty of rest since his last start on Saturday, and that’s a good thing because he’ll probably face another 40-plus shots tonight.
Predictions? I say 3-1 Blues. Reimer should keep them in the game and hopefully the team has learned enough from their last game to prevent this from becoming a blowout. But the Blues are a terrifying team and the Leafs don’t tend to do too well travelling to the West. (Although it should be noted the Blues are on the second leg of a back-to-back as well.)
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GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!!!!