MAPLE LEAFS (3-8-4) at PREDATORS (9-3-2)
8:00pm – Bridgestone Arena (TSN 4)
Maple Leafs look to keep the good vibes going in Music City.
Following their 3-2 victory over Dallas, the Leafs will try to string together their first 2 game winning streak of the season.
But wait, before this Game Day Thread continues, I must get one thing out of the way…. Kadri is unlucky. There, it’s done. Now where was I…
Tonight will be a good test for the Leafs offense as they go head-to-head against one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Anchored by Pekka Rinne (expected starter), Nashville is a team who is greedy when it comes to giving up goals.
Allowing just 36 goals against so far this season – which is good for 7th fewest in the league, the Preds welcome a Leafs group who has struggled offensively (27th overall in goals for), despite having respectable possession numbers. *Shout out to fancy stat folks*
At the cost of sounding like a broken record, I would feel like this GDT would be incomplete without mentioning how well James Reimer has played in the absence of Jonathan Bernier. Reimer has put up a 0.941 SV% over his past 5 starts, and that is something Mike Babcock has taken notice to. At this point, regardless of Bernier being healthy or not (he stated he is not at 100%), the net belongs to Reimer.
During Wednesday’s practice, JVR and Joffrey Lupul were missing in action. However, both are expected to play tonight. So if you had 15 games in the “how long until Lupul is injured” pool, you were close.
Daniel Winnik has been out of the lineup due to a lower body injury. He took part in the team’s practice yesterday, although his status for tonight is still uncertain.
Aside from Winnik possibly drawing back into the lineup, it appears the Leafs will keep their roster intact from Tuesday’s win.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gdiff (5v5) — -3
Gdiff (All) — -12
CF% (5v5) – 50.9
PP% – 16.3
PK% – 78.8
Gdiff (5v5) — +6
Gdiff (All) — +4
CF% (5v5) – 53.0
PP% – 19.6
PK% – 76.7
Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR – Kadri – Komarov.
Mathias – Bozak – Parenteau
Winnik – Spaling – Lupul
Grabner – Froese – Holland
Gardiner – Phaneuf
Hunwick – Rielly
Harrington – Polak
Forsberg – Fisher – Neal
Wilson – Ribero – Smith
Salomaki – Jarnkrok – Hodgeson
Bourque – Sissons – Watson
Josi – Weber
Jackman – Jones
Ekholm – Ellis
Today in Leafs History….
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- 1931 – Leafs play their first game at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens. Charlie Conacher scored the first Leafs goal at the new arena; unfortunately, it was the only goal for the club on this night as they fell to the Black Hawks 2-1.
- 1931 – Foster Hewitt calls his first game from his newly constructed ‘gondola.’ This was the first ever radio broadcast for Hockey Night in Canada.
- 1951 – Defender Gregory Hubick was born in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan.
- 1998 – Leafs hammer the Blackhawks 10-3 in Chicago. Mats Sundin recorded a hat trick and an assist for a team high four points on the night. The Leafs would finish the 1998-1999 season as the highest scoring team in the NHL.
- 2011 – Former Leafs Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, and Joe Nieuwendyk are introduced as the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame before a Leafs vs Sens game at the ACC. The Leafs would ultimately drop a 5-2 stinker.
- 2012 – Former Leafs captain Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame along with Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.