JETS (7-4-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (2-7-2)
7:00pm – ACC (SNO)
Game Day !!
The 2-7-2 Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the 7-4-1 Winterpeg Jets into the ACC this evening for what should be an entertaining, if not defining affair.
The entertainment, from a hockey perspective, may come mostly from the Jets but the storylines should come when we watch our Leafs.
Starting in net AGAIN this evening is Manitoba Native, James Reimer. This may in fact be an opportunity for Reimer to wrestle the starting job away from injured (or is he?) Jonathan Bernier. Second part of the story is the backup goalie Antoine Bibeau, recently recalled from the Toronto Marlies. If Reimer were to get shelled tonight, does Coach Babcock go back to Reimer or does Antoine get his first NHL start vs. Detroit on Friday?
The Winnipeg Jets have played solid hockey thus far but are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien avoided supplementary discipline from the NHL this week after putting his massive 260 pound body on league irritant Brendan Gallagher. To me, the hit was clean and no suspension was warranted but we know that the Canadiens, Via Rail and new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all lobbied the league for a 15 game suspension plus a million dollars of direct deposit tax money.
Wednesday morning the Toronto Marlies took on the Hartford Wolfpack in a rare 11am start. The Marlies dominated the entire game with Garret Sparks getting his first shutout of the season (30 saves). Mark Arcobello continues his hot start in the AHL, scoring the opening goal and assisting on the second of the game. Arcobello now has four points in his first two AHL games. William Nylander had another assist today keeping his point per game pace alive. Nylander has 10 pts in 10 games played thus far in the 2015-16 season.
Next up for the Marlies will be Utica Comets on Friday, November 6th @ 7pm.
Looking forward to another emotional roller coaster from our Leafs. Buckle up.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gdiff (5v5) — -1
Gdiff (All) — -10
CF% (5v5) – 51.9
PP% – 12.5
PK% – 75.0
Gdiff (5v5) — +4
Gdiff (All) — +3
CF% (5v5) – 50.2
PP% – 22.9
PK% – 84.8
Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR – Kadri – Komarov
Mathias – Holland – Parenteau
Winnik – Bozak – Lupul
Grabner – Froese – Boyes
Gardiner – Phaneuf
Hunwick – Rielly
Marincin – Polak
Ladd – Little – Wheeler
Perreault – Scheifele – Ehlers
Burmistrov – Lowry – Stafford
Peluso – Petan – Thorburn
Enstrom – Byfuglien
Chiarot – Myers
Stuart – Trouba
Today in Leafs History….
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- 1892 – St. Pats winger George Carey was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
- 1894 – St. Pats winger Lloyd “Shrimp” Andrews was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario.
- 1894 – Arenas left-winger Harry Meeking was born in Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario.
- 1917 – Leafs centre Pete Langelle was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Langelle is best known for scoring the cup winning goal in 1942. Oddly, this was his last NHL career goal as he joined the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL the following season.
- 1924 – Former Leafs winger and head coach Howie Meeker was born in Kitchener, Ontario. In 1947, Meeker became the first ever NHL rookie to score 5 goals in one game!
- 1927 – Defenseman Johnny Arundel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- 1970 – Former Leafs goalie Corey Schwab was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
- 1993 – Felix Potvin stops 45 of 48 shots in a hard fought 3-3 tie versus the Red Wings.
- 1998 – Steve Thomas nets a goal and an assist in a 3-0 Leafs triumph over the Colorado Avalanche. Curtis Joseph made 24 saves for the shutout.
- 2014 – Leafs comeback falls short as they lose 3-2 to the Coyotes in Arizona. Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson got the Leafs back within striking distance, but Arizona’s early 3-0 lead was just too much.