FLAMES (31-35-6) at MAPLE LEAFS (22-35-11)
You know what? It is damn cold.
DH is boarding his flight at Jardines del Rey International Airport in Cayo Coco, Cuba on Saturday night. He starts to climb atop the rickety aluminum rolling stairs when all of a sudden a gust of cold air from the cabin air conditioning hits his legs. This is the moment he realizes he is wearing shorts and not pants. One thought made the pain of knowing that he will freeze waiting for his ride at Pearson International a lot better…..at least he is not a Barffalo Sabres fan.
Nothing makes me happier then beating the Barffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Seems like while I was soaking in the sun at the Pullman Resort in Cayo Coco, Cuba the Ottawa senators embarrassed our Leafs 4-0 in the boxscore. Unfortunately, I was unable to watch the game so I will refrain from making up a story about the game via Common and Enhanced Stats.
Hatred – 0
Hated Teams – 1
Fast forward one week.
DH sits in Jardines del Rey International Airport frantically updating his theScore app using the Airport WiFi. Boarding call happens as the 3rd period starts. FAK! It is tied 1-1. He boards the plane and travels 3 hours and 10 minutes to Pearson International. As the plane is taxi-ing on the runway to the assigned exit gate in terminal 3, his phone lights up with 32 notifications. Only 1 notification is important. Final score 4-1 Maple Leafs. “F*ck yeah” he yells in a plane filled with children and parents all groggy and tired from the night flight. DH gave no f*cks.
Hatred – 1
Hated Teams – 1
All in all, for the games that I cared about, my internal battle was tied 1-1. I accept it.
On to tonight. The Maple Leafs welcome the Calgary Flames to the ACC on the last game of a back-to-back. Last night the Flames put on a show in Montreal, beating them 4-1.
By the way, what the hell is going on in MTL? Any other reader out there enjoying that Montreal fans are realizing their poorly assembled roster is actually horrific and their team IS Carey Price? I sure as hell am. It is absolutely wonderful.
The Twitter named “Tank Commander”, Jonathan Bernier, protects the pipes tonight for our Toronto Maple Leafs. In 31 starts this season he has accumulated an amazing 9 wins. In other news, ex-Leafs goalie James Reimer has had 2 shutouts in his last 3 starts.
Let’s put these two in perspective though:
Last 4 games played:
Reimer: .952 Sv% on 104 SA.
Bernier: .952 Sv% on 126 SA.
— Lottery Balls (@oak_leafs) March 21, 2016
Makes you think, eh!
Seems like Soshnikov will sit out in tonight’s game after suffering an upper-body injury late in the third period on Saturday night against the Sabres.
Bozak and Boyes were thought to reappear for the Maple Leafs tonight, but will be held off until at least Thursday according to Coach Babcock.
Possibly my favorite Maple Leafs prospect, William Nylander, was awarded the 1st star of the night on Saturday with a Goal and an Assist. Hopefully he can dazzle fans again tonight.
Young veteran defenseman, Morgan Rielly, has had 2 points in two games.
I still love this team. Go Leafs Go.
Maple Leafs Injuries:
- Nikita Soshnikov (lower body)
- Leo Komarov (lower body)
- Stephane Robidas (lower body)
- James van Riemsdyk (fractured foot)
- Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia surgery)
- Byron Froese (lower body)
- Matt Hunwick (sports hernia)
- Tyler Bozak (concussion)
- Brad Boyes (shoulder)
- Viktor Loov (upper body)
- Peter Holland (upper body)
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Michael Grabner – Nazem Kadri – Milan Michalek
Zach Hyman – William Nylander – PA Parenteau
Colin Greening – Brooks Laich – Ben Smith
Josh Leivo – Frederik Gauthier – Connor Brown
Morgan Rielly – Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner – Connor Carrick
Rinat Valiev – Frank Corrado
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland – Sam Bennett – Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig – Matt Stajan – Garnet Hathaway
Freddie Hamilton – Mark Giordano
TJ Brodie – Dougie Hamilton
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jakub Nakladal
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Gdiff (5v5) — -27
Gdiff (All) — -38
CF% (5v5) – 51.8
PP% – 14.5
PK% – 81
Gdiff (5v5) — -12
Gdiff (All) — -22
CF% (5v5) – 47.8
PP% – 16.0
PK% – 74.9