WILD (29-25-10) at MAPLE LEAFS (21-29-10)
The Maple Leafs lost again last night. Even though they were playing great, possibly the best they had played all year, the Washington Capitals outscored them 3-2. The Leafs are on a 3 game losing skid and have lost 4 of the last 5.
With Brad Boyes going down with an apparent injury, the Leafs have called up Brendan Leipsic on an emergency basis. This move does not count towards their limit of 4 call-ups post trade deadline.
With Bernier being the goalie between the pipes last night, Garret Sparks will get the duty tonight. Earlier this season Garret Sparks set a franchise record becoming the first Maple Leafs rookie goalie to post a shut-out on his first night. Sparks GAA over his last four starts is an impressive 1.75
Last night brought a memorable moment for another Leafs Rookie. Nikita Soshnikov registered his first NHL goal and it was a hell of a bardown snipe. I could listen to the “TING” from the clip below all night.
Who will ever forget his first NHL post game interview? UNCLE LEO with the primary assist in this interview.
This game is a must win for the Minnesota Wild. They are currently tied with Colorado at 68 pts, yet hold the last wild card spot due to having a game in hand. In a loss they would forfeit the spot to the Avalanche for they have less ROW’s.
Solving Dubnyk will be an interesting feat tonight. Dubyk has won his last two meetings against the Maple Leafs while posting a shutout against them in their last meeting.
In other news around the NHL, Carey Price held a press conference and said he intended to play goal again this season. To me this is great news. First of all, he is a great goalie and would be missed by Canada in the World Cup. Secondly, the Habs need more wins. If they win the first overall pick I may vomit all over my TV.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Nikita Soshnikov
Michael Grabner – William Nylander – Zach Hyman
Colin Greening – Ben Smith – Brooks Laich
Kasperi Kapanen – Peter Holland – Brendan Leipsic
Matt Hunwick – Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner – Frank Corrado
Martin Marincin – Connor Carrick
Zach Parise – Mikko Koivu – Charlie Coyle
David Jones – Mikael Granlund – Thomas Vanek
Nino Niederreiter – Erik Haula – Jason Pominville
Ryan Carter – Jarret Stoll – Justin Fontaine
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella – Matt Dumba
Mike Reilly – Jonas Brodin
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Gdiff (5v5) — -23
Gdiff (All) — -36
CF% (5v5) – 51.4
PP% – 14.1
PK% – 80.2
Gdiff (5v5) — +14
Gdiff (All) — +10
CF% (5v5) – 48.1
PP% – 18.3
PK% – 76.7