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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders (Game Number 44) Live Thread

We’re minutes away from puck drop as the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the New York Islanders to the Air Canada Centre for their second meeting of the season. The Leafs beat the Islanders 5-2 on the strength of Trevor Smith’s three points and Jonathan Bernier’s 35 saves on November 19.

This time around, Smith is injured, but the Leafs will have two key centres who weren’t dressed for that game back in action: Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri. Bernier will also be back in net for the sixth straight game.

The Isles were once again scrambling for goaltending help when they lost starter Evgeni Nabokov to injury in last night’s 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Backup Kevin Poulin will bring his .891 save percentage into the game tonight, and he’ll be backed up by AHL call-up Anders Nilsson. He has a .873 save percentage in five NHL games.

This could be the game for the likes of Kadri, Joffrey Lupul, Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin to break out of their scoring doldrums. Unfortunately, David Clarkson won’t get that same opportunity, as he injured his foot in Saturday night’s loss to the New York Rangers. Jerry D’Amigo will likely take his spot on the third line, and Frazer McLaren will probably play in his 21st game of the season and his first since December 16.

Here’s the latest on the lineups as game time approaches. First the Leafs:

And the Isles:

We’ll update you in the comments below as we learn more. Also, check the Twitters:

What are your predictions for the game? I think the Leafs are poised to break out offensively, and the Isles are playing some really good hockey right now. I’m gonna say 5-4 Leafs in regulation with Kadri and Lupul each picking up multiple points.


Tags: Joffrey Lupul Jonathan Benier Kevin Poulin Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs

56 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders (Game Number 44) Live Thread

  1. James Gleason says:

    Should be an interesting night. Tavares being paired against Gleason and Phanuef with Vanek

  2. Tim Bayer says:


  3. James Gleason says:

    Bozak is on fire

  4. Tim Bayer says:

    Well I thought there’d be a lot of goals tonight. Poulin is not very good.

  5. James Gleason says:

    Shots shots shots tonight. Both d is awful

  6. Tim Bayer says:

    At least lots of McClement means lots of Jerry and Kulie.

  7. Tim Bayer says:

    Timmy G!

  8. Tim Bayer says:

    Mississauga’s own Ryan Strome.

  9. Tim Bayer says:


  10. James Gleason says:

    First line for the leafs flying

  11. Tim Bayer says:

    Cizikas is another Toronto kid. Played for Mississauga too.

  12. Tim Bayer says:

    Pretty fast-moving period.

  13. Tim Bayer says:

    Bozak passes to…nobody.

  14. Tim Bayer says:

    C’mon Bernie.

  15. Tim Bayer says:

    Thoughts on Gleason after one period?

  16. James Gleason says:

    Kyle okposo American snub. Still amazing

  17. Tim Bayer says:

    Oh Bernier

  18. James Gleason says:


  19. Tim Bayer says:

    Why is the fourth line out after a goal against? Makes no sense.

  20. Tim Bayer says:

    Stop playing like crap, Leafs!

  21. Tim Bayer says:

    LOL Kadri you’re the best.

  22. Tim Bayer says:


  23. Tim Bayer says:


  24. James Gleason says:

    About time ray

  25. Tim Bayer says:

    Isles have a Nielsen and a Nelson. All they need is a Neilson and they could have the most confusing line in hockey.

  26. Tim Bayer says:

    WOW horrible call.

  27. Tim Bayer says:

    What a move by Kadri.

  28. Tim Bayer says:

    I think I heard the Isles’ bench reaming out the referee.

  29. Tim Bayer says:


  30. Tim Bayer says:

    What a joke.

  31. Tim Bayer says:

    Put in Reimer.

  32. James Gleason says:

    DERP DERP Derppy dep

  33. Tim Bayer says:

    There’s the Kevin Poulin we all know and love!

  34. Tim Bayer says:

    I quit

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