I know we’re all disappointed that the preseason is over so quickly…the good news is we get to enjoy one more
meaningless game before we get on with the 2015/2016 regular season.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as we head into tonight’s matchup:
- C’mon people…Babcock knew what he was getting into. Four straight preseason losses haven’t got him second-guessing his decision to leave Detroit. I expected that to become a narrative at some point, but in the preseason??? We’re better than that, Leaf fans. There. Will. Be. Pain.
- It’s going to take some time for Babcock to decide who to run with in goal. Neither Bernier or Reimer have separated themselves during the preseason and grabbed hold of the #1 spot. We know Babcock prefers to have a clear cut #1 though, so expect some back and forth to continue until someone steps up. Then the crease will be theirs. All I know is, the conversation is tiring and at this point I really don’t care who it is (as long as it’s Bernier).
- The Leafs aren’t going to “surprise” anyone this season. I don’t care how good Babcock is, this group does not have the right mix of players. End of story. I apologize if that feels too negative…If you’re the optimistic type, keep in mind that the Marlies are going to be awesome, and the future for the Leafs remains incredibly bright. Just temper expectation for this year, is all I’m saying.
Nylander and Brown Make the Team?
Responding to a question about Brown and Nylander’s absence from the final preseason games, Babcock replied, “Well what I’ve tried to do is if I got a handle on what you are you maybe didn’t play quite as much or maybe you didn’t play the last couple games. You know what I mean? If I know, it’s easy for me not to watch you. If I don’t know, I like watching you. And, to me, what you want to do is, as soon as a guy’s ready, you don’t need to see him much anymore.”
Sounds promising for the two young forwards, but we’ll have to wait and see how it unfolds.
Maple Leafs Lines
JVR – Kadri – Lupul
Mathias – Holland – Grabner
Komarov – Arcobello – Boyes
Panik – Spaling – Parenteau
Gardiner – Rielly
Harrington – Hunwick
Marincin – Polak
Red Wings Lines
Jurco – Miele – Pulkkinen
Mantha – Nosek – Glendening
Bertuzzi – Athanasiou – Callahan
Cleary – Andersson – Ferraro
Smith – Quincey
Ouellet – Sproul
Lashoff – Jensen
Mike Babcock on why Nylander and Brown won’t play tonight: “I want to look at the other guys.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 3, 2015