On a busy 9-game schedule in the NHL, no game could be more important than tonight’s match-up between the Flames and Leafs. Both teams are battling for the last playoff positions in their respective conferences, as the Leafs currently sit 8th in the East while the Flames are trying to gain ground on the 8th place Phoenix Coyotes, sitting 3 points back. Tonight will be the second and final meeting between the clubs as the Leafs took the first game back on October 15th at the Air Canada Centre, 3-2.
The Islanders take to the ice tonight looking to respond after a tough lost last night to the Maple Leafs. Tonight will be the Islanders last chance to head into the All-Star break on a winning note. The Islanders and Maple Leafs also both look to keep playoff hopes alive with wins in tonight’s contest.
The Islanders are still only 9 points out of a playoff spot and after going out and laying a goose egg last night they need to play much better in tonight’s game. Capuano suggested that after last night’s game there could be some line-up changes. Those should be released later this morning but the only change I would truly like to see is the promotion of Nino Niederreitier and the demotion of Brian Rolston. In recent games we have all seen the improvement of play from Nino and he deserves more ice time and better line mates. In the case of Rolston, he just hasn’t played well recently and may need a demotion to find the fire he once had in his play. He is constantly missing the net on many great chances and is the cause of some turnovers. On a team that is struggling to find secondary scoring, mistakes from a veteran like that can’t happen.
Before the Toronto Maple Leafs played the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said to the media that Jonas Gustavsson would likely start in goal. James Reimer was just cleared for game action that morning, and against the scorching hot Boston Bruins, why put your goalie in a baptism of fire upon his return?
When the Leafs came out for warmups that evening, Reimer was taking all of the shots. The media panicked. Ron Wilson lied! "Why is Reimer starting?!" they asked. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail caused a Twitter feud with Leafs faithful after trying to find reasons for the confusion.
If the Maple Leafs had won that game in the wake of th...
The Philadelphia Flyers look to get out of their current funk when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:00 pm EST. You can see the game on CSN-PH in Philly and on Leafs TV in Toronto.
Another game, another loss for the Montreal Canadiens.
More squandered leads, more lazy plays, and another failure to capitalize on opportunities that should have meant a tick in the win column for this team, at home, against the Toronto Maple Leafs
It was an exciting affair that included 9 goals, and (at times) end-to-end hockey. The Habs and Leafs traded leads and goals, and even runs at each others goals; James Reimer would not return to the game after the first period, thanks to an accidental shot to the head at the hands of Brian Gionta at the top of the game. Travis Moen would put up two goals, Lars Eller 2 assists and Andrei Kostitsyn...
The hockey yearbooks have hit the stands and prognosticators everywhere are making their predictions for the upcoming season. It's also the time when the fans of all teams assume this is the season that their team will take that next step.
Fans on Twitter and around the Internet are vehement that this season the playoff drought will end for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I personally agree. Although, I do not agree with the fans that say the Leafs will make the Eastern Conference Final; it kind of proves the "plan the parade" argument.
For this article though, I'd like to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and speculate how everything can go off the ra...
Early yesterday morning Leaf fans were informed of the positive news that Matthew Lombardi is planning on attending training camp. Seeing as I've been excited since his acquisition, I quickly posted on Twitter that this meant there would be no place for Tyler Bozak.
If Lombardi is healthy, he will slide into the third line centre position between Armstrong and Kadri. That line will be able to provide the Leafs with plenty of offensive support, as well as checking strength (mostly through Armstrong and Lombardi). Depth at the centre ice position, something that the Leafs have been glaringly lacking, will be a welcome strength now that Lombardi seems to be on the mend....