January 24 2013 04:05PM
Complementary to Cam's wonderful game preview from earlier (that you better read or you smell), here's some essentials for tonight's game.
January 24 2013 02:17PM
JVR nets his first pair as a Leafs, Colton Orr basically dents Deryk Engelland's face, and Lupul is out for six weeks.
January 24 2013 07:35AM
I don't find the New York Islanders a particularly interesting organization to follow, so some of this preview will be dedicated to posting some data from last night's excellent hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Most of this will be an attempt to comment on how much I've enjoyed the way Randy Carlyle has used his bench so far in the season.
I wrote in my preview that unless Carlyle was sheltering the piss out of Nazem Kadri, his line would get steamrollered by the offensive starts of the Penguins. Not only did Carlyle shelter Kadri and keep him and Leo Komarov off the ice for a single Pittsburgh scoring chance against his line, but he managed to get a good defensive performance out of Mike Komisarek to boot.
January 23 2013 08:56PM
That was one hell of a game.
The Toronto Maple Leafs played Pittsburgh tough four times last season, but didn't string together a performance like this one playing at Hockey's Mecca. The Leafs came out strong, and despite falling down 1-0 in the first on a bit of a softie past James Reimer, battled back to take the lead twice in the second period, pulling away in the third, eventually finishing off with a 5-2 win.
The themes from this game may be discipline and defence, but the Leafs' big weapon in this one was James Reimer, who faced a piles of shots, many of them scoring chances, in this game. We can get to that below…
January 23 2013 02:36PM
We knew yesterday that Jake Gardiner, now certified concussion-free, was going to be tagging along with the Toronto Maple Leafs to Pittsburgh, but unclear as to whether or not he'd play.
Gardiner, who had been skating on his own for about a week, took some contact in Tuesday’s practice and said he felt fine. The coaching staff will not make a decision on a decision whether he will play until after consulting with doctors later in the day.
Once he gets the green light, head coach Randy Carlyle said he would not hesitate to throw Gardiner in the lineup.
Evidently, the green light was given earlier this afternoon. Sportsnet's David Alter was the first to report that the young defenceman will, in fact, make his season debut tonight against the Penguins in place of Korbinian Holzer, who will be sent down to the Toronto Marlies.