Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview & Live Thread Number 60: Vancouver Canucks

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Who: Vancouver Canucks (27-23-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (31-22-6)

Where: Air Canada Centre

When: 6 p.m. ET

Where to watch: CBC, NHLN-US

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Opposition blog: The Canuck Way

Latest betting line (from Vegas Insider): Toronto -131

Leafs win probability (from Steve Burtch): 51.3 per cent

It’s a rare 6 p.m. Saturday night start for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight due to CBC’s primetime Olympics coverage. The Leafs face the Vancouver Canucks for the second and final time this season.

The first game of the season series was back on November 2; a game infamous for the Leafs’ all-around futility and the severed tendon injury that Dave Bolland suffered. The Canucks pelted James Reimer with 47 shots in Vancouver that night and won the game handily, 4-0.

The Leafs were only able to muster 21 shots on Roberto Luongo and left Reimer out to dry. If you were questioning Reimer’s effort in the game, you might want to check out this video:

I expect Jonathan Bernier will get the start again, as he’s been excellent. Let’s take a look at the projected lineups for both teams.

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Topics: Dave Bolland, James Reimer, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs have dressed 7 D.

  • Tim Bayer

    Now let’s get these geezers, er, heroes off the ice so we can play some hockey!

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs second PP unit really struggling.

  • Tim Bayer

    Love seeing Gunnarsson jump into the rush.

  • Tim Bayer

    In theory, the second PP unit should perform a lot better than they are. But everybody seems hesitant to shoot.

  • Tim Bayer

    Shot count is 7-1 in favour of the Leafs but still searching for a goal.

  • Tim Bayer

    Great job by Ranger to fight for that loose puck and clear the zone.

  • Tim Bayer

    First real good chance by the Canucks right in the slot.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kesler scores. Weird one from top of the right circle bounced off Bernier and in.

  • Tim Bayer

    Canucks really warming up now after cold start. Leafs gotta wake up.

  • Tim Bayer

    McClement fell and hit his face on the ice. There’s blood. He’s helped off the ice.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kessel just ripped his patented wrister high and wide. He’s been pretty quiet.

  • Tim Bayer

    Bernier’s rebound control is impeccable.

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