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Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview & Live Thread Number 34: Chicago Blackhawks


Who: Chicago Blackhawks (23-6-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (16-14-3)

Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)

When: 7:00 PM ET

Where to watch: CBC, NHLN-US

Where to listen: TSN 1050

Enemy blog: Blackhawk Up

Lineups (via Daily Faceoff):

LEAFS

Forwards

James van RiemsdykNazem KadriPhil Kessel

Mason RaymondPeter HollandJoffrey Lupul

Troy BodieTrevor SmithNikolai Kulemin

Frazer McLarenJay McClement – Jerry D’Amigo

Defense

Dion PhaneufCarl Gunnarsson

Jake GardinerMorgan Rielly

John-Michael LilesCody Franson

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

BLACKHAWKS

Forwards

Patrick SharpJonathan ToewsMarian Hossa

Kris VersteegMichal HandzusPatrick Kane

Brandon SaadAndrew ShawJeremy Morin

Brandon BolligMarcus KrugerBen Smith

Defense

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Niklas HjalmarssonJohnny Oduya

Nick LeddyMike Kostka

Goalies

Antti Raanta

Kent Simpson

  • In a long-awaited move, Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser are both expected to sit. Rielly and Liles would both be in if that’s the case, and the pairings are expected to see a shakeup. Phaneuf will make his return after serving his two-game suspension.
  • Carter Ashton was sent down to the Marlies today and Bodie was called up. David Clarkson was also handed a two-game suspension for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, and will serve his first game tonight. Holland lined up between Lupul and Raymond in practice, but that may only be for the power play.
  • Any predictions for the game tonight? I would offer mine, but there’s only so many ways I can say “Leafs loss”. Share your thoughts below during the game, and follow along with the Tweeps right here:


GOOOOOOOOOO LEAFS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Tags: John-Michael Liles Morgan Rielly Peter Holland Toronto Maple Leafs Troy Bodie

  • Tim Bayer

    A+++++ montage

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Hello all, hope this game is watchable. The Blues game was tough

    • Tim Bayer

      pretty darn watchable so far. Second PP for the Buds already.

  • Tim Bayer

    Hey Jeff, what time is 24/7 on tonight?

  • Tim Bayer

    WOOOOHHOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    10 O’ Clock east in the US, from what I hear it may not air until tomorrow night in Canada

    • Tim Bayer

      yeah that is correct. I’m trying to avoid Twitter during that time to steer clear of spoilers lol.

  • Tim Bayer

    There’s the cross crease pass we all know and love

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Having trouble logging into the site, any ideas?

  • Tim Bayer

    I love the look of the Leafs D tonight. Much more…mobile. Lol

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    The overall game looks better, more o zone time

  • Tim Bayer

    Kinda soft by Gardiner. Gotta put Shaw on his butt there

  • Tim Bayer

    dumb place and situation to take a penalty

  • Tim Bayer

    ah darnit

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Well, we have been complaining the Leafs D has not scored enough

  • Tim Bayer

    WAY TO GO PHANEUF (kidding)

  • Tim Bayer

    oh hi Kane

  • Tim Bayer

    wow how did JvR miss that?

  • Tim Bayer

    oh Hjalmarsson got a stick on it

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Well, apparently a clean hit justifies a fight. Orpik deserved it. it’s like a DeLorean lands in Toronto every Saturday night from 1977, and helps keeps the NHL locked into irrelevance in most of the world

    • Tim Bayer

      it’s so stupid. Cherry is a disgrace.

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Jerry D for the lead, loved watching this guy at RPI

    • Tim Bayer

      FIrst NHL goal! They don’t get much easier than that lol

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Phaneuf with 2 goals tonight maybe

    • Tim Bayer

      poor guy

      • Jeffrey Mullen

        sometimes I feel for him, but at times it seems hard to believe that he is in the best interest of the Toronto Maple Leafs

        • Tim Bayer

          I dunno. I wouldn’t give him “all the monies” but i think he’s fine on a second pairing. I think he’s miscast as a shutdown guy.

  • Tim Bayer

    Here’s the rule (67.6) pertaining to the disallowed goal off Phaneuf, as tweeted out by Mirtle: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26478

  • Tim Bayer

    Jerry is buzzing

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    The Holland Express

  • Tim Bayer

    Beautiful. Tic-tac-toe.

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Where has this team been, outshooting, outscoring, outplaying

    • Tim Bayer

      Leafs looked a little squirelly for a bit there earlier in the 2nd but seemed to have settled down. I definitely didn’t see this coming.

  • Tim Bayer

    DANGIT

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    And just when you think they might be ok, they return. Corsi with a lead has been a problem all year, why change tonight

    • Tim Bayer

      luckily Raanta isn’t Martin Jones

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    I guess the hawks took the pregame notes about this line not scoring too literally. 1 goal all year, three tonight

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Having watched all but 3 games this year, I can’t recall this much sustained offensive zone pressure in a week worth, let alone a single game

    • Tim Bayer

      Did you watch the Kings game? Leafs dominated possession that game, just couldn’t beat Jones

      • Jeffrey Mullen

        that was one of the three I missed

        • Tim Bayer

          weird that probably two of their best games all season bookended a terrible game Thursday

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    they shouldn’t let up at all, they are just as likely to give up seven goals

    • Tim Bayer

      Blackhawks are gonna push like crazy now too

  • Tim Bayer

    OK put the other guy back in

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Hawks look drunk, not like champions

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    getting excited for HBO, if for no other reason than to see what exactly got said after Thursday night

    • Tim Bayer

      it’s too bad Sportsnet is bleeping out the swears

      • Jeffrey Mullen

        will you get the HBO version at all?

        • Tim Bayer

          Sportsnet is just re-airing the HBO show minus the swears

  • Tim Bayer

    The 2nd line is killing it tonight. Lupul – 2G 2A, Raymond – 4A, Holland – 2G, 1A.

  • Tim Bayer

    Who gets the hatty first? Holland, Lupul or Kane?

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Winning in spite of a goaltender tonight, I like it

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    7 goals and only 1 by the first line, nice work

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Shouldn’t Bronx cheer the other teams goalie. They are AHL level players at best, take the win and enjoy the night.

    • Tim Bayer

      yeah. 21-year-old rookie in his first game. I feel bad for the guy.

      • Jeffrey Mullen

        reminds me of the Minnesota game against Kuemper. Kid was crying after getting pulled. Broke my heart watching

  • Tim Bayer

    I honestly never noticed Holland being this fast. He’s giving the ‘Hawks’ D fits.

  • Tim Bayer

    A+

    • Jeffrey Mullen

      Best of all the wins this season. Team win

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Wow, Don Cherry MD with sound medical advice

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    On to HBO