PENGUINS (6-4-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (1-6-2)
7:00pm – ACC (CBC)
‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain’t no second chance against the thing with forty eyes
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting to survive inside a killer, thriller tonight’
Michael Jackson speaking perfect words for tonight’s tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s Thrill-er night at the ACC, as Phil “The Thrill” makes his return to Toronto. Enter… if you dare! Muaahahahahah!
What’s truly scary is how good the Leafs are playing, despite their record (1-6-2) showing otherwise. Possession has been good, they play structured hockey, they’re not being pounded with shots, and generally doing a lot of things right. Fancy stat people would be pleased to see the team near the top of the league in Corsi… Ok, now I’m scared, I just brought up advanced stats.
Scoring has been hard to come by, but that should be no surprise when you trade away your most offensively gifted player in the off-season. Phil Kessel heads into Toronto for the first time since being dealt to the Penguins, and lucky for him it’s Halloween so if he hears “BOOs”, it might just be people dressed up as ghosts in the stands.
Shutting down Kessel and Crosby…and Malkin… and Letang… and Hornqvist (that’s about as scary as any Halloween movie) will be a task for the Leafs lineup, which is unchanged from last night. Babcock will go with Bernier in goal, even though he usually splits up back-to-back’s, so that pretty much sums up where this goalie debate ends. Thank god.
Fans will pile into the ACC wearing spooky costumes to watch the Leafs battle a 3 headed Penguin monster. But don’t be afraid, they will be on the doorstep of Fleury trick or treating to get some tasty goals.
HAVE A HAPPY HALLLOWEEN!
Toronto Maple Leafs
GF (5v5) – 15
GA (5v5) – 15
CF% (5v5) – 53.9
PP% – 8.7
PK% – 74.3
GF (5v5) – 15
GA (5v5) – 13
CF% (5v5) – 46.7
PP% – 9.4
PK% – 87.1
Toronto Maple Leafs
JVR – Kadri – Komarov
Mathias – Holland – Parenteau
Winnik – Bozak – Lupul
Grabner – Froese – Clune
Gardiner – Phaneuf
Hunwick – Rielly
Marincin – Polak
Dupuis – Crosby – Hornqvist
Perron – Malkin – Kessel
Kunitz – Bonino – Bennet
Porter – Cullen – Sprong
Letang – Cole
Scuderi – Maatta
Lovejoy – Demoulin
Today in Leafs History….
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- 1897 – Former Leafs centre Jimmy Herberts was born in Cayuga, Ontario. He played 26 games with the Buds during the 1927-1928 season.
- 1912 – Left-winger Mickey Blake was born in Barriefield, Ontario. Blake only played 10 NHL games in his career and only one of these games (his last) came with the Leafs.
- 1914 – Former Leafs defenseman Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald was born in Fergus, Ontario. Bucko would go on to win three cups in his career, including one with the Buds in 1942. Most notably, while coaching peewee, McDonald transformed a young Bobby Orr into a defenseman…and the rest is history.
- 1933 – Former Leafs centre Eric Nesterenko was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba.
- 1942 – Leafs crush the New York Rangers 7-2 in their season opener. This game was the beginning of the “Original Six” era and it marked the first time that the Leafs started a season in the month of October.
- 1953 – Leafs beat the New York Rangers 4-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens. This victory would jumpstart the longest home undefeated streak in franchise history as the club would go unbeaten through 11 home games.
- 1956 – Defenseman Bob Manno was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In his lone season with the Leafs (1981-1982), he recorded 50 points throughout 72 games.
- 2002 – Mats Sundin, Travis Green and Tie Domi score the Leaf goals in a 3-3 draw with the Atlanta Thrashers. Ed Belfour had an off night as he gave up 3 goals on just 20 Thrasher shots.
- 2014 – Kessel, Kadri and Winnik lead the Leafs to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets as each player tallied 3 points apiece. Let’s hope Philly-boy has a quieter Halloween in 2015.