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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.

GO LEAFS GO!

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  • James Gleason

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

    • Tim Bayer

      welp

    • Tim Bayer

      Looks like it’s gonna be McClement vs Tavares too.

      • James Gleason

        Ah ah oh dear

        • Tim Bayer

          I foresee 25+ minutes for McClement tonight.

          • James Gleason

            *shutdown guy*

          • Tim Bayer

            “Carlyle-type player”

          • James Gleason

            But hey a goal

  • Tim Bayer

    OK!

  • James Gleason

    Bozak is on fire

    • Tim Bayer

      Everything he touches turns into goals.

      • James Gleason

        Weird cuz it used to turn into poop

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      Eight Game Point Streak

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • James Gleason

    Shots shots shots tonight. Both d is awful

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • Tim Bayer

    Timmy G!

  • Tim Bayer

    Mississauga’s own Ryan Strome.

    • James Gleason

      Former London knight if I’m not mistaken ?

      • Tim Bayer

        Niagara Ice Dog.

        • James Gleason

          Damn it

          • Tim Bayer

            He was lighting it up in the AHL. 33 points in 23 games.

          • James Gleason

            He is good for sure. Him and De Haan are constant bright spots

  • Tim Bayer

    Glovely.

  • James Gleason

    First line for the leafs flying

  • Tim Bayer

    Cizikas is another Toronto kid. Played for Mississauga too.

  • Tim Bayer

    Pretty fast-moving period.

  • Tim Bayer

    Bozak passes to…nobody.

  • Tim Bayer

    C’mon Bernie.

  • Tim Bayer

    Thoughts on Gleason after one period?

  • James Gleason

    Kyle okposo American snub. Still amazing

    • Tim Bayer

      Eh, I’m not that high on him. I wonder how much of his production is tied to Tavares.

      • James Gleason

        Well if Chris Kunitz can make Canada than okposo should have

        • Tim Bayer

          oh no doubt. I don’t want Kunitz anywhere on Team Canada.

          • James Gleason

            Let us hope he gets hurt

          • Tim Bayer

            And Stamkos heals quickly.

  • Tim Bayer

    Oh

  • Tim Bayer

    Oh Bernier

  • James Gleason

    Shit

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • Tim Bayer

    Stop playing like crap, Leafs!

  • Tim Bayer

    LOL Kadri you’re the best.

  • Tim Bayer

    YES!

  • Tim Bayer

    MAYRAYMAYRAYMAYRAYMAYRAYMAYRAYMAYRAY

  • James Gleason

    About time ray

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • Tim Bayer

    WOW horrible call.

  • Tim Bayer

    What a move by Kadri.

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • Tim Bayer

    CRAAAAP

  • Tim Bayer

    What a joke.

  • Tim Bayer

    Put in Reimer.

  • James Gleason

    DERP DERP Derppy dep

    • Tim Bayer

      JonathDERP DERPnier

  • Tim Bayer

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

  • Tim Bayer

    I quit