MAPLE LEAFS (37-24-15) at RED WINGS (31-34-12)
7:00 pm (HNIC)
Well, here we are folks. Currently holding onto to third in the Atlantic, and trailing second place Ottawa by only two points. We head south along the 401 to 8-Mile in hopes of another two points to tighten the second place gap. Long being a believer of always looking forward and never back, the goal should be knocking Ottawa out of second rather than holding onto third. Who cares that Boston is a point back. Who cares that Stamkos returns tonight and Tampa Bay is hot on our tail.
To be honest, I am more worried about tonight’s game rather than any other as the season plays out. Tonight will be the last game the Leafs play at the Joe, and the last time Mike Babcock couches in his former barn.
There is a lot of history at the Joe Louis Arena between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings, most memorable for me, possibly for others as well, was Spring of 1993. Maple Leafs @ Red Wings, Game 7 of the first round. Nikolai Borschevsky tipping in a Bob Rouse point shot early in the overtime frame. This goal heard through a set of ear-phones on an old Sony Walkman. I remember pissing off my mom at dinner and was sent to bed early. FUCK THEM I said in my head, SLEEP??? NO WAY!!!! I remember listening to Joe call that goal and I swear I heard the drop of a single tear from Joe’s cheek. A tear that finally said good-bye to those dreaded Ballard years. The goal that set forth a memorable run to the Campbell Conference final for this old dog.
Being a hockey fan, I must admit, it is truly unfortunate that the Joe doesn’t get to see one more playoff run. Detroit has had their fair share of NHL success, just ending the the longest active playoff appearance streak of 25 years with a 4-1 loss to Carolina on March 28th. It would have been nice to see one more run at the Joe.
Enough about Detroit.
In rookie news, it seems William Nylander has won another Rookie of the Month award bringing him to two of these achievements. First winning in October and now again for the month of March. Honorable mentions go to Auston Matthews who won in December and Mitch Marner who won in January.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 1, 2017
Nylander is a player who is quietly pushing for the Calder Memorial Trophy. He sits third on the total point list in front of fellow Leaf, Mitch Marner and three points behind the evil Patrick Laine. Some, not so fellow, MSM members, ie Steve Simmons, feel “surprised” by Nylander’s success this season. Clearly the ol hot-dog cart connoisseur feels he is to good to watch any hockey at Ricoh last season. Just by watching 10 random games Nylander played in last season you could have foreseen NHL production like this.
Nylander set his own Leaf Rookie record recently, with his 12 game point streak coming to an end against Nashville thursday night.
- Auston Matthews is better than Patrick Laine
- The Leafs are currently 3-0 against the Red Wings this season and we all hope by the nights end theyare 4-0.
- Leafs have won 5 of their last 6
- Freddy’s jaw injury was a conspiracy and Lou is currently sizing Buffalo Team Doctor for concrete boots
- William Nylander is better than Patrick Laine
- Red Wings have lost their last two games
- Red Wings have lost rookie, Anthony Mantha, to a broken finger
- 10 bucks says Bon doesn’t read this
- With Mantha out, this makes room for Connor Brown and/or Nikita Zaitsev to surpass him on the Rookie Points list with 6 games to go
- Mitch Marner is better than Patrick Laine
- According to Fox News, Shanahan laced em up during practice and took one last spin around the Joe. Thanx Ingy
- GO LEAFS GO
Projected Line Combinations
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Hyman — Matthews — Nylander
Komarov — Kadri — Brown
van Riemsdyk — Bozak — Marner
Martin — Boyle — Kapanen
Rielly — Carrick
Gardiner — Zaitsev
Hunwick — Polak
DETROIT RED WINGS
Nyquist — Zetterberg — Tatar
Abdelkader — Larkin — Athanasiou
Helm — Nielsen — Sheahan
Miller — Nosek — Street
DeKeyser — Jensen
Kronwall — Green
Ouellet — Russo