Kasperi Kapanen and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be happy to play this rare Monday night game against the visiting St. Louis Blues tonight, if for no other reason than not having to sit around and stew on the collapse that was Saturdays shootout loss to the Montreal Canadians.
With a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period the Canadians didn’t win, the Leafs found a way to lose.
Undisciplined play that peaked with Kapanen throwing his broken stick at the puck while it was on Jeff Petrys stick, which lead to Petry being awarded a penalty shot and tying the game, resulted in the Buds going down 5-4 before Auston Matthews continued his hot play, and scored his second goal of the game to send the tilt to overtime.
They were lucky to get the loser point, as they didn’t bring the battle needed for 60 minutes in order to win.
But I digress, this should be about the Blues, not the Canadians.
The Leafs will have their toughest test so far in this young season tonight as they are set to face the defending Stanley Cup champions. They’ll have to keep their heads up as the Blues like to take the body and have the required skill to make you pay if you aren’t on your toes defensively. That’s exactly the Bluesprint (hahaha) that has hurt the Leafs the last few years. A lot of speed and grinding effort will be required to pull out a win.
Do they have the required gas left in the tank as they walk in to play their 4th game in 6 nights since the season started?
Can I ask who puts together these schedules? Four back-to-backs in October alone and every second half will be against rested teams? That’s ridiculous.
#Leafs lines at morning skate (vs. St. Louis tonight):
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 7, 2019
Andersen starts, which should give the Leafs the early edge.
GO LEAFS GO!!