September 28 2013 08:12PM
Josh Leivo couldn't finish off the hat-trick and James Reimer couldn't finish off the shutout, but the Toronto Maple Leafs closed the book on the 2013 preseason with a 3-1 win over Detroit on Saturday night. It was mostly AHLers for either side, so the result matters even less, but Toronto had a pretty good performance and a few of the bubble players had strong games.
Leivo, especially, who opened the scoring and also scored the 3-0 goal midway through the third period, and Morgan Rielly made his case to begin his season on the roster, salary cap and roster size limits be damned! For trading block players, Joe Colborne had an assist on all three Toronto goals and John-Michael Liles had both a goal… and a costly giveaway leading to the Red Wings only marker. James Reimer stopped 24-of-25.
September 28 2013 04:24PM
#Leafs lines vs. Det: 12-43-56; 29-23-40; 46-22-32; 59-39-28; D pairs: 50-55; 44-26; 57-4; Reimer in goal— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) September 28, 2013
Lineup info for Toronto's final preseason game courtesy of Terry Koshan. We incorrectly reported Paul Hendrick's line rushes at a practice earlier today as a lineup. James Reimer starts in net. The weak lineup is presumably the rest some of the top players to rest players for the team's only back-to-back in October: games on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
The game is on
CBC TSN CBC, if you're into that sort of thing. Who is number 56, again?
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September 27 2013 11:13PM
The Leafs played game nine of their ten game preseason tonight. As such, we saw a close to full roster - one that was missing Phil Kessel to suspension, and Fraser McLaren to injury, but was essentially what we'll see on opening night. The final game will feature a duller roster, to say the least; a final look at players who's fates are unknown, and ability to rest. In the meantime, this was maybe the first real look at the 2013/14 Toronto Maple Leafs.
...but it wasn't a particularly good one. Chalk it up to jitters, lack of chemistry, small sample sizes, whatever you want, but the Detroit Red Wings walked away with a convincing 5-2 victory.
September 27 2013 05:04PM
Two preseason games left. It's looking like the only thing left to settle is which depth winger is going to be on the roster to go in place of Frazer McLaren should he be injured opening night. 11/12ths of the forward core appears to be set, with Colton Orr returning to the lineup for his first preseason game.
It's the first of a home-and-home with the Detroit Red Wings. This is the "dress rehearsal" game for the Red Wings, according to coach Mike Babcock. Daniel Alfredsson will rejoin the Wings lineup after missing some time thanks to a groin injury, skating with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen. The only unfamiliar faces in the Wings lineup are Tomas Jurco, a nifty stickhandling forward out of the Saint John Sea Dogs program, defenceman Xavier Ouellet, who played on Team Canada at the most recent World Juniors, and Luke Glendening, an undrafted University of Michigan centreman who played with the Wings' AHL affiliate last season.
September 27 2013 10:56AM
We know you're wrong because you have a Big Bang Theory t-shirt.
Ryan Lambert over at Puck Daddy wrote a column that went up this morning about how the Toronto Maple Leafs mishandled their salary cap situation this summer. It's tough to disagree with the overarching point, that Toronto once had lots of cap space where now they have none, and if Frazer McLaren remains injured, there is a non-zero chance that Toronto will have to skate with 17 players in the opener next week to become salary cap-compliant.
But it's also not as bad as it could have been. Technology is much better now than it was five or six years ago, and we can watch not only all the games we want to, but we can also watch the decision-making process come to life. There's so much more information with which to judge players. I can remember coming out of the last lockout even, we knew the goals and assists and time on ice of the players our teams picked up, but without a handle on context everybody sort of trusted the eyes of scouts and management.