January 02 2015 10:24PM
No Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul or Peter Holland. That's not to make excuses for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were defeated 3-1 this evening by the Minnesota Wild, but it certainly made things more difficult. Without them, the Leafs ran lines that played well enough but severely lacked an offensive spark.
January 02 2015 09:11PM
And that was the vibe heading into tonight’s World Junior quarterfinal game. Sure, Denmark had only ever won one World Junior game - their previous one against Switzerland - but with George Sorensen in net, and two of the best offensive players in the tournament up front (Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand), there was a sense of uneasiness.
January 02 2015 06:05PM
While the American squad was eliminated today from this year's World Juniors with 3-2 loss to Russia, Jake Gardiner's time with the team at the World Juniors in 2010 had a far better outcome for his home country.
January 02 2015 05:48PM
The Leafs have travelled to the far and frigid North i.e. Minnesota to take on the Wild tonight, and they'll be doing it with as many as three regulars out of the lineup.
Joffrey Lupul is on the IR, Peter Holland is banged up, and Nazem Kadri is a gametime decision. To patch together their forward lines Toronto has called up Greg McKegg, pictured above looking all sexy and/or lazy.
January 02 2015 04:24PM
I'm no insider, nor do I have any insider information, but I can all but guarantee that Canadian head coach Benoit Groulx's message to his players today was "don't take Denmark lightly".