MAPLE LEAFS (28-21-14) at DUCKS (32-21-10)
10:o0 pm (TSN4)
Rarely is there an easy two points in the NHL. Tonight will be no exception as the Toronto Maple Leafs motor their way to the Honda Center tonight against the mighty Anaheim Ducks.
Nobody can blame Leafs Nation if they are getting cranky over the recent string of third period leads being blown and that the OT second point is so elusive to nail down. It’s kind of like trying to handle a slippery eel.
The problem facing this team now is that the players have played themselves into playoff discussion. Leafs management made some trades giving the message that the playoffs are a target this year. The media has fairly aimed their cross hairs on the Leafs making the post season. But a playoff appearance is slipping away like that proverbial eel. At this point it would be easy to get down on the team.
Anaheim’s record is 4-5-1 over the past ten and lost their previous game.
Toronto Bag Head is a regular Leaf twitter follower. One of the funniest guys in a humble lot of followers. His assessment of Anaheim is . . . .
“It’s the land of the misfit Leaf toys.”
He of course is referring to former Leaf staff now a part of the Ducks team.
“Well I guess I look at tonight’s game as an unwanted family reunion, with Johnny Berns, Carlyle, and Nonis. Bernier winning tonight would be pretty Leafy, especially because the Leafs are in a playoff run and Anaheim Alley has become the land of rejected Leafs.”
Another clever member of Leafs Nation on twitter is Cousin Eddie. He sees tonight as . . .
“Hopefully tonight Johnny Berns will think it’s Nelson Mandella Night, lose his focus,and lets in a bunch of goals.”
Click here for Berniers flub regarding Mr. Mandella.
Toronto enters tonight’s contest one point out of the playoffs and have erased all those games in hand. Raised expectations are now abound. This team needs to win some games in regulation. Not so important against the western conference but 19 of the final 20 games are being played in the east.
Don’t expect much change to the lineup. As is the norm, McElhinney will play this back half of the Leafs 14th back to back game.
What do you think Leafs Nation? Discuss among yourselves.
Projected Line Combinations
Toronto Maple Leafs
Komarov — Kadri — Brown
van Riemsdyk — Bozak — Marner
Hyman — Matthews — Nylander
Martin — Boyle — Soshnikov
Gardiner — Zaitzev
Hunwick — Polak
Cogliano — Kesler — Silfverberg
Pearson — Carter — Toffoli
Ritchie — Getlaf — Kase
Shaw — Thompson — Boll
Fowler — Vatanin
Lindholm — Manson
Holzer — Bieksa
Morgan Rielly — Post Game — 03/02/2017